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5.0 out of 5 stars Perfection, 26 May 2010
This review is from: Schubert: Impromptus, D 899 & D 935 (Audio CD)
Schubert is a composer it is easy to fall in love with - and the more of his music one hears the deeper the love affair. He wrote one of the finest sequences of piano sonatas in the repertoire; nine progressively wonderful symphonies; about 600 songs, few if any of which I would want to be without; a sublime string quintet; 15 lovely quartets, including the unforgettably haunting `Death and the Maiden`; the immortal Trout quintet...as well as sacred music and several undeservedly forgotten operas. All, incredibly, in a too-brief life of 31 years - four younger than Mozart, and about as prolific.
He also managed to compose these eight perfect Impromptus. I have Brendel`s recording, which is all one could wish. However, Radu Lupu`s interpretations are all one could wish and more. This must surely come high in a list of the greatest classical recordings of the 20th century. What it is exactly that Lupu possesses I feel unqualified to say, but let me suggest that, simply, he lives and breathes each note of any music he plays in the richest, most fully human way possible, without once seeming over-didactic or rhetorical; as well as having the most limpid, lingering piano style, whilst never becoming lachrymose.
As for Schubert`s music - this is desert island stuff. I talked of love. Here is music so human, yet so exalted, with - as so often in Schubert - both sun and shade in the mix, and such a wealth of heavenly melody as to amaze the gods.
Try No 5. I know of few more sublime pieces of music. Radu Lupu`s playing is rapt throughout. Obviously, too, a man in love.
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Initial post: 6 Jan 2015 19:53:50 GMT
A customer says:
A wonderful review. Your emotive language does full justice to this cause, in my humble opinion. Now I need to acquire this disc. I came here immediately after having just listened to a Rubinstein selection of Schubert works, culminating with two Impromptus. It was sublime, but now an appetite for Schubert's Impromptus has been awoken in me. Thanks to your impassioned description I feel that Lupu's interpretation of these Schubert Impromptus must be my next acquisition.

In reply to an earlier post on 6 Jan 2015 20:32:39 GMT
KaleHawkwood says:
Thank you for your kind comment. I can't imagine how Lupu's recording could be bettered, or even equalled. Hope you enjoy it.
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