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Schubert: Piano Four Hands, Vol. 1

Schubert / Kwon / Lehrbaumer
Release Date: 11/09/2010 
Label:  Msr   Catalog #: 1345   Spars Code: DDD 
Composer:  Franz Schubert
Performer:  Min KwonRobert Lehrbaumer
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 1 Hours 2 Mins. 

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Notes and Editorial Reviews



SCHUBERT 3 Marches militaires, D 733. Divertissement à la française, D 823: Andantino varié. Duo in a, D 947, “Lebensstürme.” Landler, D 814. Fantasia in f, D 940 Min Kwon, Robert Lehrbaumer (pn) Read more class="ARIAL12"> MSR 1345 (61:52)


The Korean-born Rutgers professor and Austrian pianist/organist make a commanding duo debut in some of Schubert’s greatest four-hand pieces, stacking up well to the considerable competition in this music.


Their virtues immediately impress in the Marches Militaires : a crisp élan with absolute unanimity of coordination; subtlety of dynamic and rhythmic inflection; and an attractively light, debonair touch that brings out the lyrical, playful side of these exceedingly un-militaristic specimens of the genre—quite a contrast with Eschenbach-Frantz (EMI), whose tension and high-strung brilliance are more redolent of Prussia than Vienna. Best of all, it has to be admitted, are Tal and Groethuysen (Sony), unrivaled in their coloristic and articulative subtlety.


The “Lebensstürme” Duo gets a deliberate, measured, and rather somber treatment, keenly concentrated with tension well sustained. There is impressive attention to detail, and plenty of time for it to speak.


The great Fantasy is played with clarity and precision, owing much to their sparing and subtle use of pedal. The opening Allegro molto moderato , a little brisker and brighter than usual, is well shaped and purposeful; the Largo airy, less monumentally massive than usual; the Scherzo delectably crisp and incisive. By way of comparison, Eschenbach-Frantz exploit huge dynamic contrasts with high polish and sophistication, and an electrically charged nervous intensity. Tal and Groethuysen are the most “vocal” in their inflection of phrases, with a uniquely speaking quality, and always imaginatively varied in their rhetorical inflection of repetitions. Rohmann-Schiff (Hungaroton) are appealingly different—light-toned, silvery, and pungent.


The B-Minor Andantino varié is given intimate, refined treatment. The little Ländler set is done straightforwardly, less individual than Eschenbach-Frantz (slow and inward) and Tal and Groethuysen (subtly characterized and colored, turning these slender pieces into miniature tone poems).


The disc is beautifully recorded, and all in all this stylish, refined duo is easy to recommend. I’ll be looking out for more from them.


FANFARE: Boyd Pomeroy
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Works on This Recording

1.
Military Marches (3) for Piano 4 hands, D 733/Op. 51 by Franz Schubert
Performer:  Min Kwon (Piano), Robert Lehrbaumer (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1818; Vienna, Austria 
Venue:  Nicholas Music Center, Rutgers Universit 
Length: 14 Minutes 48 Secs. 
2.
Divertimento for Piano 4 hands, D 823 "sur motifs originaux français": Andantino varié, Op. 84 no 1 by Franz Schubert
Performer:  Min Kwon (Piano), Robert Lehrbaumer (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: circa 1825; Vienna, Austria 
Venue:  Nicholas Music Center, Rutgers Universit 
Length: 9 Minutes 23 Secs. 
3.
Allegro for Piano 4 hands in A minor, D 947/Op. 144 "Lebensstürme" by Franz Schubert
Performer:  Min Kwon (Piano), Robert Lehrbaumer (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1828; Vienna, Austria 
Venue:  Nicholas Music Center, Rutgers Universit 
Length: 16 Minutes 47 Secs. 
4.
Ländler (4) for Piano 4 hands, D 814 by Franz Schubert
Performer:  Min Kwon (Piano), Robert Lehrbaumer (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1824; Vienna, Austria 
Venue:  Nicholas Music Center, Rutgers Universit 
Length: 2 Minutes 19 Secs. 
5.
Fantasy for Piano 4 hands in F minor, D 940/Op. 103 by Franz Schubert
Performer:  Min Kwon (Piano), Robert Lehrbaumer (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1828; Vienna, Austria 
Venue:  Nicholas Music Center, Rutgers Universit 
Length: 12 Minutes 38 Secs. 

Customer Reviews

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 Commands Attention! November 14, 2013 By bess holloway (Boulder, CO) See All My Reviews "This duo captures attention and holds it through the entire recording. I will listen to these seasoned performers frequently through the well considered pieces included here." Report Abuse
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