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Schubert: Piano Music Four Hands Vol 3 / Tal & Groethuysen


Release Date: 06/25/1996 
Label:  Sony   Catalog #: 68240   Spars Code: DDD 
Composer:  Franz Schubert
Performer:  Yaara TalAndreas Groethuysen
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Tal & Groethuysen Duo
Number of Discs: 2 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 2 Hours 14 Mins. 

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Notes and Editorial Reviews

The third volume of Schubert piano duets from Tal and Groethuysen highlights the astonishing range of this repertoire. Their programme shows the composer at his most inventive, conjuring vivid images of his life and milieu. Schubert composed the B flat Sonata during his first visit to Zseliz in 1818 as music teacher to Count Karl Esterhazy’s young daughters, and on their earlier disc Beyer and Dagul effectively capture this piece’s poignant charm with affectionate phrasing and carefully balanced ensemble. However, aided by a more reverberant recording, Tal and Groethuysen give a livelier account, with greater spontaneity in the outer movements and increased animation in the slow one. Sample, in particular, their deeply affecting Read more interpretation of the thematic synthesis in the Andante’s reprise.

Schubert returned to Zseliz for a second, highly productive period of service in 1824. As he wrote to his brother, Ferdinand, “I am better able to find happiness and peace... A grand sonata and variations on a theme of my own, both for four hands, which I have already written, shall serve you as proof of this.” These two works are included here. The Grand Duo’s striking orchestral effects and remarkable symphonic scope make exceptional expressive and technical demands. Nevertheless, this duo’s majestic performance – whose feeling of natural development in the first movement, lovingly-shaped lyricism in the Andante, infectious verve in the scherzo and effective blend of subtle delicacy and brilliance in the finale – eclipses Beyer’s and Dagul’s otherwise sensitive and idiomatic version.

Tal and Groethuysen are likewise beautifully responsive to the changing moods in the A flat Variations; while atmospheric accounts of the Grande marche funebre and Grande marche heroique graphically evoke both the sombre stateliness of Tsar Alexander I’s funeral and the festive splendour of Nicholas I’s coronation. Their portrayals of the military parade in the Marches militaires are not as glossy as those of Pires and Sermet; but Tal’s and Groethuysen’s comparatively relaxed, fluent readings find more lyrical poetry in this music. Finally, in contrast to Jando’s and Prunyi’s relentless exuberance in the Deux marches carateristiques, the present musicians offer beguilingly subtler alternatives. The appeal of this outstanding release will undoubtedly extend far beyond Schubert collectors.

-- Gramophone [11/1996]
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Works on This Recording

1. Sonata for Piano 4 hands in C major, D 812/Op. 140 "Grand Duo" by Franz Schubert
Performer:  Yaara Tal (Piano), Andreas Groethuysen (Piano)
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Tal & Groethuysen Duo
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1824; Vienna, Austria 
Date of Recording: 06/1995 
Venue:  Scloss Grafenegg, Reitschule, Austria 
Length: 40 Minutes 30 Secs. 
2. Grande marche funèbre for Piano 4 hands, D 859/Op 55 by Franz Schubert
Performer:  Andreas Groethuysen (Piano), Yaara Tal (Piano)
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Tal & Groethuysen Duo
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1825; Vienna, Austria 
Date of Recording: 06/1995 
Venue:  Scloss Grafenegg, Reitschule, Austria 
Length: 12 Minutes 59 Secs. 
3. Grande marche héroïque for Piano 4 hands in A minor, D 885/Op. 66 by Franz Schubert
Performer:  Andreas Groethuysen (Piano), Yaara Tal (Piano)
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Tal & Groethuysen Duo
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1826; Vienna, Austria 
Date of Recording: 06/1995 
Venue:  Scloss Grafenegg, Reitschule, Austria 
Length: 15 Minutes 33 Secs. 
4. Variations (8) on an original theme for Piano 4 hands in A flat major, D 813/Op. 35 by Franz Schubert
Performer:  Andreas Groethuysen (Piano), Yaara Tal (Piano)
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Tal & Groethuysen Duo
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1824; Vienna, Austria 
Date of Recording: 06/1995 
Venue:  Scloss Grafenegg, Reitschule, Austria 
Length: 16 Minutes 30 Secs. 
5. Sonata for Piano 4 hands in B flat major, D 617/Op. 30 by Franz Schubert
Performer:  Andreas Groethuysen (Piano), Yaara Tal (Piano)
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Tal & Groethuysen Duo
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1818; Vienna, Austria 
Date of Recording: 06/1995 
Venue:  Scloss Grafenegg, Reitschule, Austria 
Length: 17 Minutes 36 Secs. 
6. Military Marches (3) for Piano 4 hands, D 733/Op. 51: no 1 in D major by Franz Schubert
Performer:  Andreas Groethuysen (Piano), Yaara Tal (Piano)
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Tal & Groethuysen Duo
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1818; Vienna, Austria 
Date of Recording: 06/1995 
Venue:  Scloss Grafenegg, Reitschule, Austria 
Length: 4 Minutes 48 Secs. 
7. Military Marches (3) for Piano 4 hands, D 733/Op. 51: no 2 in G major by Franz Schubert
Performer:  Andreas Groethuysen (Piano), Yaara Tal (Piano)
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Tal & Groethuysen Duo
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1818; Vienna, Austria 
Date of Recording: 06/1995 
Venue:  Scloss Grafenegg, Reitschule, Austria 
Length: 3 Minutes 18 Secs. 
8. Military Marches (3) for Piano 4 hands, D 733/Op. 51: no 3 in E flat major by Franz Schubert
Performer:  Andreas Groethuysen (Piano), Yaara Tal (Piano)
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Tal & Groethuysen Duo
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1818; Vienna, Austria 
Date of Recording: 06/1995 
Venue:  Scloss Grafenegg, Reitschule, Austria 
Length: 6 Minutes 5 Secs. 
9. Marches caractéristiques (2) for Piano 4 hands in C major, D 968b/Op. 121 by Franz Schubert
Performer:  Andreas Groethuysen (Piano), Yaara Tal (Piano)
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Tal & Groethuysen Duo
Period: Romantic 
Written: ?1826; Vienna, Austria 
Date of Recording: 06/1995 
Venue:  Scloss Grafenegg, Reitschule, Austria 
Length: 15 Minutes 36 Secs. 

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