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SCHUBERT, F.: Piano Works for Four Hands, Vol. 5 (Humphreys, Schiller)

Composer(s):Schubert, Franz
Artist(s) Schiller, Allan, piano • Humphreys, John, piano
Period(s) Romantic
Genre Classical Music
Category Instrumental
Catalogue 8.570354
Label Naxos
Quality   320kbps

Many of Schubert’s piano duets were written for his pupils, the daughters of Count Esterházy, during summer months at the Count’s country estate. These include the ‘Grand Duo’, an ambitious, large-scale and challenging work of symphonic dimensions, the more light-hearted Four Ländler and the remarkable Variations sur un thème original, which are considered by many to be Schubert’s greatest set of variations.


Review By Giv Cornfield,The New Recordings, Cliffs Classics,February 2008

"This CD offers a nice selection of works from one of my favourite composers. Good value for the money."

Review By David Denton, Naxos,January 2008

During the 19th century the growth of home ownership of pianos was creating an ever increasing demand for sheet music, the added amusement of sharing the piano with a friend not only a social grace but a way of easing difficulties. Many works were adaptations of orchestral scores, but Schubert realised the commercial sense of creating new works kept within the scope of talented amateurs without making that fact too obvious to the listener. In many instances they were also to serve the dual role of works that he could play with his pupils. There were, however, exceptions, the Sonata in C major ,‘Grand Duo’, being in essence a four movement symphony for four hands that not only in personal technique, but equally in terms of marrying the two players together, was a



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