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Release Date: 04/21/2009 
Label:  Emi Classics   Catalog #: 65064   Spars Code: n/a 
Composer:  Johann Sebastian BachLudwig van BeethovenWolfgang Amadeus MozartFranz Schubert
Performer:  Artur SchnabelKarl Ulrich SchnabelClaude Hobday
Conductor:  Sir Adrian BoultSir Malcolm Sargent
Orchestra/Ensemble:  London Symphony OrchestraPro Arte String Quartet
Number of Discs: 8 
Recorded in: Mono 
Length: 9 Hours 47 Mins. 

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Notes and Editorial Reviews

Artur Schnabel was born on 17 April, 1882 at Lipnik Górny, a suburb of the modern-day Polish town of Bielsko-Biala. At the time of his birth this town would have been known as Bielitz, in what was then the Austro-Hungarian Empire. Schnabel died in 1951 at Axenstein in Switzerland.

He was the youngest of three children and when still a child the family moved to Vienna, where the young Schnabel took up studies with the legendary Theodor Leschetizsky, who also taught Paderewski and Moiseiwitsch. Schnabel remained a pupil of Leschetizsky's for seven years, from 1892 to 1897.

Schnabel's début took place in 1890 in Vienna and in 1900 he moved to Berlin, where he lived for 33 years. In 1905 he married the
Read more well-known contralto, Therese Behr, and the couple successfully toured the German provinces giving Lieder recitals.

The birth of their first son, Karl Ulrich, took place in 1909 and in 1912 a second boy, Stefan, was born. Karl Ulrich was to become a famous teacher and accomplished pianist: he features in two of the recordings in this set. A number of today's famous pianists studied with him, including Leon Fleisher and Peter Serkin. Stefan took up acting as a career and achieved a fair degree of success in both Germany and Hollywood.

Schnabel made his first recordings in 1930 of the Beethoven sonatas and concertos and, in 1933, the Schnabel family left Berlin a few months after Hitler took power. They lived in England for a while and in 1939 moved to the USA where, in 1944, Schnabel became an American citizen. Although resident in America, it was in Europe that he was more widely recognised and it was in London, for EMI, that Schnabel made virtually all of his great recordings.

This set of 8 CDs presents the incomparable Schnabel in a range of works by composers whose music he particularly admired and made a speciality of: Bach, Beethoven, Mozart and Schubert.
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Works on This Recording

1. Well-Tempered Clavier, Book 1: Prelude and Fugue no 5 in D major, BWV 850 by Johann Sebastian Bach
Performer:  Artur Schnabel (Piano)
Period: Baroque 
Written: 1722; Cöthen, Germany 
2. Chromatic Fantasia and Fugue in D minor, BWV 903 by Johann Sebastian Bach
Performer:  Artur Schnabel (Piano)
Period: Baroque 
Written: circa 1720; Cöthen, Germany 
3. Italian Concerto, BWV 971 by Johann Sebastian Bach
Performer:  Artur Schnabel (Piano)
Period: Baroque 
Written: 1735; Leipzig, Germany 
4. Toccata in C minor, BWV 911 by Johann Sebastian Bach
Performer:  Artur Schnabel (Piano)
Period: Baroque 
Written: circa 1717; Weimar, Germany 
5. Toccata in D major, BWV 912 by Johann Sebastian Bach
Performer:  Artur Schnabel (Piano)
Period: Baroque 
Written: circa 1710; Weimar, Germany 
6. Concerto for 2 Harpsichords in C major, BWV 1061 by Johann Sebastian Bach
Performer:  Artur Schnabel (Piano), Karl Ulrich Schnabel (Piano)
Conductor:  Sir Adrian Boult
Orchestra/Ensemble:  London Symphony Orchestra
Period: Baroque 
Written: 1738-1739; Leipzig, Germany 
7. Sonata for Piano no 8 in C minor, Op. 13 "Pathétique" by Ludwig van Beethoven
Performer:  Artur Schnabel (Piano)
Period: Classical 
Written: 1797-1798; Vienna, Austria 
8. Sonata for Piano no 14 in C sharp minor, Op. 27 no 2 "Moonlight" by Ludwig van Beethoven
Performer:  Artur Schnabel (Piano)
Period: Classical 
Written: 1801; Vienna, Austria 
9. Sonata for Piano no 15 in D major, Op. 28 "Pastoral" by Ludwig van Beethoven
Performer:  Artur Schnabel (Piano)
Period: Classical 
Written: 1801; Vienna, Austria 
10. Sonata for Piano no 21 in C major, Op. 53 "Waldstein" by Ludwig van Beethoven
Performer:  Artur Schnabel (Piano)
Period: Classical 
Written: 1803-1804; Vienna, Austria 
11. Sonata for Piano no 23 in F minor, Op. 57 "Appassionata" by Ludwig van Beethoven
Performer:  Artur Schnabel (Piano)
Period: Classical 
Written: 1804-1805; Vienna, Austria 
12. Sonata for Piano no 26 in E flat major, Op. 81a "Les Adieux" by Ludwig van Beethoven
Performer:  Artur Schnabel (Piano)
Period: Classical 
Written: 1809-1810; Vienna, Austria 
13. Sonata for Piano no 29 in B flat major, Op. 106 "Hammerklavier" by Ludwig van Beethoven
Performer:  Artur Schnabel (Piano)
Period: Classical 
Written: 1817-1818; Vienna, Austria 
14. Sonata for Piano no 27 in E minor, Op. 90 by Ludwig van Beethoven
Performer:  Artur Schnabel (Piano)
Period: Classical 
Written: 1814; Vienna, Austria 
15. Sonata for Piano no 30 in E major, Op. 109 by Ludwig van Beethoven
Performer:  Artur Schnabel (Piano)
Period: Classical 
Written: 1820; Vienna, Austria 
16. Sonata for Piano no 31 in A flat major, Op. 110 by Ludwig van Beethoven
Performer:  Artur Schnabel (Piano)
Period: Classical 
Written: 1821-1822; Vienna, Austria 
17. Sonata for Piano no 32 in C minor, Op. 111 by Ludwig van Beethoven
Performer:  Artur Schnabel (Piano)
Period: Classical 
Written: 1821-1822; Vienna, Austria 
18. Concerto for 2 Pianos in E flat major, K 365 (316a) by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Performer:  Artur Schnabel (Piano), Karl Ulrich Schnabel (Piano)
Conductor:  Sir Adrian Boult
Orchestra/Ensemble:  London Symphony Orchestra
Period: Classical 
Written: 1779; Salzburg, Austria 
19. Concerto for Piano no 21 in C major, K 467 by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Performer:  Artur Schnabel (Piano)
Conductor:  Sir Malcolm Sargent
Orchestra/Ensemble:  London Symphony Orchestra
Period: Classical 
Written: 1785; Vienna, Austria 
20. Sonata for Piano no 16 in C major, K 545 by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Performer:  Artur Schnabel (Piano)
Period: Classical 
Written: 1788; Vienna, Austria 
21. Rondo for Piano no 3 in A minor, K 511 by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Performer:  Artur Schnabel (Piano)
Period: Classical 
Written: 1787; Vienna, Austria 
22. Moments musicaux (6) for Piano, D 780/Op. 94 by Franz Schubert
Performer:  Artur Schnabel (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1823-1828; Vienna, Austria 
23. Allegretto for Piano in C minor, D 915 by Franz Schubert
Performer:  Artur Schnabel (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1827; Vienna, Austria 
24. Minuet for Piano in C sharp minor, D 600 by Franz Schubert
Performer:  Artur Schnabel (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: ?1814; Vienna, Austria 
25. Sonata for Piano in B flat major, D 960 by Franz Schubert
Performer:  Artur Schnabel (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1828; Vienna, Austria 
26. Impromptus (4) for Piano, D 899/Op. 90 by Franz Schubert
Performer:  Artur Schnabel (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1827; Vienna, Austria 
27. Impromptus (4) for Piano, D 935/Op. 142 by Franz Schubert
Performer:  Artur Schnabel (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1827; Vienna, Austria 
28. Sonata for Piano no 12 in F major, K 332 (300k) by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Performer:  Artur Schnabel (Piano)
Period: Classical 
Written: 1781-1783; Vienna, Austria 
29. Quintet for Piano and Strings in A major, D 667/Op. 114 "Trout" by Franz Schubert
Performer:  Claude Hobday (Double Bass), Artur Schnabel (Piano)
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Pro Arte String Quartet
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1819; Vienna, Austria 
30. Quartet for Piano and Strings no 1 in G minor, K 478 by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Performer:  Artur Schnabel (Piano)
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Pro Arte String Quartet
Period: Classical 
Written: 1785; Vienna, Austria 

Sound Samples

Prelude & Fugue in D, BWV 850 ('The Well-tempered Clavier', No.5): Prelude
Prelude & Fugue in D, BWV 850 ('The Well-tempered Clavier', No.5): Fugue
Chromatic Fantasia & Fugue in D minor, BWV 903 (1999 Digital Remaster): Fantasia
Chromatic Fantasia & Fugue in D minor, BWV 903 (1999 Digital Remaster): Fugue
Italian Concerto in F major BWV 971: (Allegro giusto)
Italian Concerto in F major BWV 971: Andante
Italian Concerto in F major BWV 971: Presto
Toccata in C minor, BWV 911: Introduction - Adagio
Toccata in C minor, BWV 911: Fugue I (Allegro) - Adagio
Toccata in C minor, BWV 911: Fugue II (Allegro)
Toccata in D, BWV 912: Introduction (Presto) - Allegro
Toccata in D, BWV 912: Adagio - Fugato - Adagio
Toccata in D, BWV 912: Fugue (Presto)
Concerto No.2 in C for two pianos, BWV 1061: (Allegro)
Concerto No.2 in C for two pianos, BWV 1061: Adagio ovvero Largo
Concerto No.2 in C for two pianos, BWV 1061: Fuga
Piano Sonata No. 8 in C minor Op. 13 "Pathétique" (1991 Digital Remaster): I. Grave - Allegro di molto e con brio
Piano Sonata No. 8 in C minor Op. 13 "Pathétique" (1991 Digital Remaster): II. Adagio cantabile
Piano Sonata No. 8 in C minor Op. 13 "Pathétique" (1991 Digital Remaster): III. Rondo (Allegro)
Piano Sonata No. 14 in C sharp minor Op. 27 No. 2 "Moonlight" (1991 Digital Remaster): I. Adagio sostenuto
Piano Sonata No. 14 in C sharp minor Op. 27 No. 2 "Moonlight" (1991 Digital Remaster): II. Allegretto
Piano Sonata No. 14 in C sharp minor Op. 27 No. 2 "Moonlight" (1991 Digital Remaster): III. Presto agitato
Piano Sonata No. 15 in D major Op.28 "Pastorale" (1991 Digital Remaster): I. Allegro
Piano Sonata No. 15 in D major Op.28 "Pastorale" (1991 Digital Remaster): II. Andante
Piano Sonata No. 15 in D major Op.28 "Pastorale" (1991 Digital Remaster): III Scherzo (Allegro vivace) & Trio
Piano Sonata No. 15 in D major Op.28 "Pastorale" (1991 Digital Remaster): IV. Rondo (Allegro ma non troppo)
Piano Sonata No. 21 in C Op. 53 'Waldstein' (2004 Digital Remaster): I. Allegro con brio
Piano Sonata No. 21 in C Op. 53 'Waldstein' (2004 Digital Remaster): II. Introduzione (Adagio molto) -
Piano Sonata No. 21 in C Op. 53 'Waldstein' (2004 Digital Remaster): Rondo (Allegretto moderato - Prestissimo)

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