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Schubert piano works
for four hands -
heard by
ROBERT ANDERSON

'... played with a sensitivity worthy of the music ...'

Schubert: Piano Works for Four Hands. Anne Queffélec and Imogen Cooper. © 2009 Warner Classics and Jazz

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 Robert Anderson,
London UK

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SCHUBERT: PIANO WORKS FOR FOUR HANDS

FRANZ SCHUBERT

PIANO MUSIC

WARNER CLASSICS

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