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  • Conductor: Vassily Primakov
  • Composer: Franz Schubert
  • Audio CD (May 11, 2010)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Bridge
  • ASIN: B003FP0XY0
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #360,874 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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By drdanfee VINE VOICE on June 26, 2010
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For starters, fair disclosure: I am a fan of pianist Vassily Primakov, definitely. His Chopin concertos bowled me over and then some. I also went gaga for his readings of: Dvorak piano concerto, Tchaikovsky Seasons and Grand Sonata. The only negative thing I feel about his Chopin Mazurkas was that I dearly miss hearing all of the complete Mazurkas, revived through his art. Now arrives an eclectic selection from Franz Schubert's solo piano music.

We get two sets of waltzes, plus a set of Landler (dances, all). These three sets have been variously arranged-assembled by Vera Gornostaeva and by Primakov himself. They bring together contrasting textures and tempos into listenable, larger sequences. What comes across right through, is lots of Schubert sparkle and lifting Schubert song. Apparently, the composer could effortlessly sit down at a home piano in Vienna among his friends, and improvise dance after dance after dance after dance. Some four hundred got written down, and by all accounts, Schubert never hit bottom or went dry, coming up with dances. As Schubert himself said, something like: "I write music like an apple tree makes apples."

In these three sets of dances, Primakov more or less shows himself an apt Schubert player. To my ears, the fine musical habits of Lili Kraus are fondly recalled, herself a great Schubert player. It is rather easy to make mistakes in this lighter Schubert fare. One errs by trying to make the music more important than it is; one errs by not taking the music, enough, as it is. Primakov succeeds.

Stronger works are played, too. Primakov has chosen to record the first two of the D. 935 (Opus 142) piano impromptus. And he gives us a complete set of the D. 899 (Opus 90) impromptus.
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By N.P. on December 29, 2012
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Excellent recording. We have heard Mr. Primakov play a few times in person and his interpretation and style are wonderful. He is a real master of Schubert. It was an absolute pleasure to listen to, and we look forward to hearing these pieces again in concert. Highly recommended.
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By Pomai on May 24, 2010
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I have just heard this on St. Louis' Classic 99.1FM this evening, it was so amazingly beautiful that I had to get this CD. It was my first time hearing Opus 90, but as I listened to it in my car, I decided that IF I play piano, this would be the one song I'd like to be able to play. But near the end I realized it might take many years to play like Vassily can! I look forward to getting this CD!
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