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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Master playing for Schubert's 4-hands masterpiece, 4 Nov 2009
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S. HARRISON - See all my reviews
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This review is from: Four Hand Piano Works (Exp) (Audio CD)
Buy this just for the incredible recording of Schubert's Fantasie in F minor for piano duet. I've a few recordings of it but nothing comes close to the desperate, emotional intensity achieved here. Perahia and Lupu's playing merges seemlessly into one, it's judged and played perfectly, and the 20 minutes leaves you breathless, torn, anguished, just as Schubert may have felt in the last few ill months of his life, when this was written. If I can find fault it's that there are a few minor background noises present in the recording, which may distract occasionally near the beginning, but not too much. As for the Mozart, it's fine, but I'd pay 50 for this disc with the Fantasie alone. It's simply the best recording of one of the greatest pieces of piano music ever written.
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7 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Magical, 9 Jun 2007
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Mr. David W. Legg (Ashford, Middlesex, UK) - See all my reviews
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This review is from: Four Hand Piano Works (Exp) (Audio CD)
Nothing Murray Perahia does is ever bad. In this case the performance of the Schubert is magical. I heard it in the car on the way to work and was captivated - a dangerous driver for a while. If you like Schubert and Perahia this is a must-buy recording. The sound is slightly old and the audience noise is not ideal, but when the music grabs you then you no longer notice these slight snags. The Mozart is well worth having too, but not in quite the same, unmissable, class as the Schubert.
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Inspiring performance, 21 Feb 2011
This review is from: Four Hand Piano Works (Exp) (Audio CD)
After comparing 8 or 9 different versions of Schubert's Fantasia in F Minor for Piano, Four Hands on Youtube, I liked Perahia's and Lupu's performance best and bought this CD. Totally satisfied.
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2 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great performance, as expected, 13 Aug 2006
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A. Almosni (London UK) - See all my reviews
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Probably the best performance of the Schubert four hands Fantasia, the two players seem to understand each other perfectly.
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