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Schubert: Impromptus D 899 & D 935 / Radu Lupu


Release Date: 08/10/1999 
Label:  London/Decca Legends Catalog #: 460975   Spars Code: DDD 
Composer:  Franz Schubert
Performer:  Radu Lupu
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 1 Hours 7 Mins. 

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Notes and Editorial Reviews

These are very special performances indeed, with the warmth and introverted passion of Lupu’s playing a constant source of wonder. The slow, sustained melodic line of the sublimated march which opens the first Book; the soft cantabile of the famous Impromptu in G flat; the aching sense of longing in the trio section of the A flat No. 4 – these have surely never been bettered. Only in the very last Impromptu could one have wished for more capriciousness. András Schiff (Decca) captures its playful character perfectly. There is much to admire in his performances, as there is in Alfred Brendel’s – particularly the earlier of his two versions for Philips. But Brendel is terribly fast in that final piece; and in the last resort Lupu’s Read more floating lyricism and unselfconscious poetry are in a class of their own. No one who loves Schubert should be without this beautifully recorded disc.

Performance: 5 (out of 5), Sound: 5 (out of 5)

-- Misha Donat, BBC Music Magazine
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Works on This Recording

1.
Impromptus (4) for Piano, D 899/Op. 90 by Franz Schubert
Performer:  Radu Lupu (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1827; Vienna, Austria 
Date of Recording: 06/1982 
Venue:  Friedrich Ebert Hall, Hamburg 
Length: 30 Minutes 12 Secs. 
2.
Impromptus (4) for Piano, D 935/Op. 142 by Franz Schubert
Performer:  Radu Lupu (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1827; Vienna, Austria 
Date of Recording: 06/1982 
Venue:  Friedrich Ebert Hall, Hamburg 
Length: 36 Minutes 21 Secs. 

Sound Samples

4 Impromptus, Op.90, D.899: No.1 in C minor: Allegro molto moderato
4 Impromptus, Op.90, D.899: No.2 in E flat: Allegro
4 Impromptus, Op.90, D.899: No.3 in G flat: Andante
4 Impromptus, Op.90, D.899: No.4 in A flat: Allegretto
4 Impromptus Op.142, D.935: No.1 in F minor: Allegro moderato
4 Impromptus Op.142, D.935: No.2 in A flat: Allegretto
4 Impromptus Op.142, D.935: No.3 in B flat: Theme (Andante) with Variations
4 Impromptus Op.142, D.935: No.4 in F minor: Allegro scherzando

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