Schubert piano works
for four hands -
'... played with a sensitivity worthy of the music ...'
Schubert piano duets will always be one of the major joys of domestic music-making. Whether placed on the left, in charge of his tenor tunes and sonorous basses, to say nothing of the vast responsibility involved in the pedals, or aloft in the angelic beauty of endless melody and figuration of breathtaking beauty, one can only purr and sigh with delight that such music was vouchsafed to mortal hands and ears, even if over far too brief a period. Schubert's friends were fortunate indeed; their successors will be endlessly grateful.
The recordings are thirty years old and must date from soon after the time I heard Imogen Cooper (here secondo to Anne Queffélec's primo) perform Beethoven for the approval of Alfred Brendel...
Copyright © 11 April 2012