Schubert: Grand Duo; Variations D813; Marches militaires

Schubert: Grand Duo; Variations D813; Marches militaires

by Radu Lupu

CD

Overview

This is a straight reissue of a splendid 1996 Teldec recording of Schubert's four-hand piano music. Played by Radu Lupu, whose full-time job at the time was being a piano virtuoso, and Daniel Barenboim, whose full-time job is being a conductor but whose previous job was being a piano virtuoso, the performances here are brilliant, sympathetic, and soulful. The opening "Trois Marches militaries, D. 733," are light, quick, and witty. Their following "Variations in A flat major, D. 813," are tight, sweet, and delightful. And their closing "Grand Duo, D. 812," is simply magnificent with solid structures, soaring themes, and dramatic developments. Though older listeners may revere Sviatoslav Richter and Benjamin Britten's poetic recording from the 1964 Aldeburgh Festival of the Variations and the Grand Duo, even they may be swayed by Barenboim and Lupu's easy camaraderie and sunny interpretations. Recorded in Teldec's Berlin studios, the sound here is a bit bright and a tad close, but very vivid and possibly too immediate.

Product Details

Release Date: 07/29/2008
Label: Teldec
UPC: 0825646965700
catalogNumber: 511604

Tracks

  1. Marches Militaires (3) for piano, 4 hands, D. 733 (Op. 51)
  2. Variations (8) on an Original Theme, for piano, 4 hands in A flat major, D. 813 (Op. 35)
  3. Sonata for piano, 4 hands in C major ("Grand Duo"), D. 812 (Op. posth. 140)

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Radu Lupu   Primary Artist

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