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Schubert Music for Piano Duet from from Anne Queffélec and Imogen Cooper,
This review is from: Schubert : Works For Piano Four Hands (Audio CD)
This Warner Apex 2-CD is an excellent purchase; it's been around a few times before, either as a single disc (here, Schubert : Works For Piano Four Hands), an "Ultima" version (here, Piano Works For Four Hands (Cooper, Queffelec)) or as the original Erato issue (here, Schubert: Works for Piano, Four Hands). Schubert's four-hand piano music is a delight, and this inexpensive set is complimentary to the 4-CD set from Christoph Eschenbach and Justus Frantz that can be found on Brilliant Classics (here, Schubert: Music for Piano Duet, Grande Marches, 4 Landler, Divertissement etc) or on a pair of EMI "Gemini" releases (here, Schubert: Music For Piano Duet 1 and here, Schubert: Music for Piano Duet II).
An old "Penguin Guide" review was enthusiastic:-
"It is good to have a thoroughly recommendable mid-priced set of Schubert's music for piano four hands, including the great F minor Fantasia. Some of this music (including that piece) has also been recorded by Gilels and his daughter Elena for DG (nla)...the playing of Anne Queffélec and Imogen Cooper is hardly less eloquent than their rivals, and they offer a commanding account of the Grand Duo sonata. The slighter pieces also come off well: the Variations are beautifully played and have an engaging innocence, whilst the most famous Marche militaire sparkles. Its two lesser-known companions are also worth having on disc when played (like the six Polonaises) so brightly and spontaneously. The 1978 analogue recording is well balanced, clear and natural, the acoustic neither over-reverberant nor too confined."
An excellent budget choice, highly recommended.
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Initial post: 31 Dec 2013 09:45:46 GMT
Arne Sande says:
There's another CD where Queffelec also plays the M.Musicaux and Impromptus, from ca 1970, this is an unusually emotional interpretation that got me totally hooked on Schubert back in the early 70s, very much recommended if you are not a die-hard "objective approach" adherent Schubert: Sonatas / Four Impromtus / Fantasy
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