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Impromptus / Moments Musicaux


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listen  1. Schubert: Hungarian Melody in B minor, D.817 3:45$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  2. Schubert: 4 Impromptus, Op.90, D.899 - No.1 in C minor: Allegro molto moderato10:10Album Only
listen  3. Schubert: 4 Impromptus, Op.90, D.899 - No.2 in E flat: Allegro 4:52$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  4. Schubert: 4 Impromptus, Op.90, D.899 - No.3 in G flat: Andante 5:18$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  5. Schubert: 4 Impromptus, Op.90, D.899 - No.4 in A flat: Allegretto 7:45Album Only
listen  6. Schubert: Six German Dances, D820 - No.10:33$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  7. Schubert: Six German Dances, D820 - No.2 1:00$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  8. Schubert: Six German Dances, D820 - No.3 1:00$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  9. Schubert: Six German Dances, D820 - No.40:49$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen10. Schubert: Six German Dances, D820 - No.5 1:03$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen11. Schubert: Six German Dances, D820 - No.6 1:33$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen12. Schubert: 6 Moments musicaux, Op.94 D.780 - No.1 in C (Moderato) 6:25$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen13. Schubert: 6 Moments musicaux, Op.94 D.780 - No.2 in A flat (Andantino) 6:24$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen14. Schubert: 6 Moments musicaux, Op.94 D.780 - No.3 in F minor (Allegro moderato) 2:02$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen15. Schubert: 6 Moments musicaux, Op.94 D.780 - No.4 in C sharp minor (Moderato) 5:34$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen16. Schubert: 6 Moments musicaux, Op.94 D.780 - No.5 in F minor (Allegro vivace) 2:29$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen17. Schubert: 6 Moments musicaux, Op.94 D.780 - No.6 in A flat (Allegretto) 7:26Album Only
listen18. Schubert: Grazer Galopp D925 2:10$0.99  Buy MP3 


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listen  1. Schubert: Allegretto in C minor, D.915 5:11$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  2. Schubert: 3 Klavierstücke, D.946 - No.1 in E flat minor (Allegro assai) 7:46Album Only
listen  3. Schubert: 3 Klavierstücke, D.946 - No.2 in E flat (Allegretto)10:36Album Only
listen  4. Schubert: 3 Klavierstücke, D.946 - No.3 in C (Allegro) 5:08$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  5. Schubert: 12 German Dances, D.79010:20Album Only
listen  6. Schubert: 4 Impromptus Op.142, D.935 - No.1 in F minor: Allegro moderato10:31Album Only
listen  7. Schubert: 4 Impromptus Op.142, D.935 - No.2 in A flat: Allegretto 6:19$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  8. Schubert: 4 Impromptus Op.142, D.935 - No.3 in B flat: Theme (Andante) with Variations11:30Album Only
listen  9. Schubert: 4 Impromptus Op.142, D.935 - No.4 in F minor: Allegro scherzando 6:30$0.99  Buy MP3 

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Product Details

  • Audio CD (June 9, 1998)
  • Number of Discs: 2
  • Label: Decca
  • ASIN: B000007OTU
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #270,464 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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16 of 19 people found the following review helpful By Michael R. Leghorn on October 13, 2000
Format: Audio CD
I can't stand it when recording engineers go out of their way to ruin recordings. For some reason, the engineer for this recording chose to place some microphones very close to the piano, and some far. The result is very unnatural sound. I wish I could find a good recording of the Musical Moments, but have struck out twice. (My other recording is with Lupu, which is also a superb performance but a lousy recording - early digital). I wonder if Schiff is aware of the sabotage done to his art by over zealous recording engineers. As far as the music goes, I find Schiff to be one of the best Schubert interpreters, which is why I bought this CD. Schiff plays this music superbly as expected.
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful By John Kwok HALL OF FAMEVINE VOICE on February 12, 2005
Format: Audio CD
I concur with an earlier reviewer who wasn't impressed with the sound quality of these early 1990s digital recording of some of Schubert's most familiar shorter works for the piano. However, I still highly recommend it based solely on Andras Schiff's beautiful playing. I've had this compilation sitting on my shelves for over a year and finally had a chance to listen to it a few days ago; despite the recording's flaws, Schiff's playing is majestic, poetic, demonstrating his empathy for Schubert's music. Both sets of Impromptus are played with ample dignity and grace; the same holds true for the Landler (waltzes) and Moments Musicaux. It's a pity that Decca's usually high fidelity standards weren't in evidence here, or else I would say that this two CD set would deserve recognition as among the finest recordings of these Schubert pieces currently available.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By M. M. Harris on December 25, 2008
Format: Audio CD
I concur with an earlier reviewer who wasn't impressed with the sound quality of these early 1990s digital recording of some of Schubert's most familiar shorter works for the piano. However, I still highly recommend it based solely on Andras Schiff's beautiful playing. I've had this compilation sitting on my shelves for over a year and finally had a chance to listen to it a few days ago; despite the recording's flaws, Schiff's playing is majestic, poetic, demonstrating his empathy for Schubert's music. Both sets of Impromptus are played with ample dignity and grace; the same holds true for the Landler (waltzes) and Moments Musicaux. It's a pity that Decca's usually high fidelity standards weren't in evidence here, or else I would say that this two CD set would deserve recognition as among the finest recordings of these Schubert pieces currently available.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By David Adler on January 18, 2013
Format: Audio CD Verified Purchase
This two disc set contains more than Schubert's eight impromptus. There are a number of shorter works. Andras Schiff is well known for his performances of the classical period composers (Mozart, Beethoven, Schubert, etc.) He does a very nice job and the recording is clear and well balanced. There are a number of competing recordings by Arthur Schnabel, Edwin Fisher, Murray Perahia, and Radu Lupu, among others. Schiff tends, at times, to sound too smooth. If you like drama with your Schubert, you might want to seek out these other discs for comparison.
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1 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Hiram Gomez Pardo HALL OF FAME on August 16, 2005
Format: Audio CD
Andras Schiff shows once more why he is on the top of the ten best pianist in the world. His impressive phrasing, his superb expressiveness and supreme panache have deserved to him the most outstanding comments all around the world.

Nowadays he may be the most eloquent pianist in which Schubert concerns. His multiple conversations with Sandor Vegh, his personal efforts for several Schubert Complete Sonatas around the world, and conferences are undeniable evidences for his profound devotion for this Austrian composer.

Go for this album. You will be surprised if it's the first time you listen him and convince by yourself about his Haydn and Mozart too.
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