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Schubert's piano works for four hands
Schubert's piano works for four hands one piano have always offered
a challenge to performers. The Austro-Hungarian element so clearly evident,
implies correct rhythmic emphasis, singing lines and balanced harmonies
in the middle register.
Volume 2 of the Naxos survey features the duo playing of Jenó
Jandó and Zsuzsa Kollár, whose togetherness and tonal weight
do full justice to the composer's fantasizings, whether in the popular
Three Military Marches [listen - track 1, 0:00-0:35],
the Eight Variations on a Theme from Hérold's Marie
or the Overture in G minor, where Schubert's youthful interest in
opera provides free rein for the exploration of theatrical ideas.
The Four Polonaises are very different from Chopin's fiercely
national patriotism [listen - track 9, 0:00-1:00],
while the G minor Fantasy and Allegro moderato in C major/Andante
in A minor fuse drama and poetry with unexpected, sudden contrasts of mood
that lead in various directions.
Copyright © 23 August 2000
Bill Newman, Edgware, UK
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