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listen  1. Schubert: 4 Impromptus, Op.90, D.899 - No.1 in C minor: Allegro molto moderato 9:22Album Only
listen  2. Schubert: 4 Impromptus, Op.90, D.899 - No.2 in E flat: Allegro 4:31$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  3. Schubert: 4 Impromptus, Op.90, D.899 - No.3 in G flat: Andante 5:48$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  4. Schubert: 4 Impromptus, Op.90, D.899 - No.4 in A flat: Allegretto 7:39Album Only
listen  5. Schubert: 4 Impromptus Op.142, D.935 - No.1 in F minor: Allegro moderato11:06Album Only
listen  6. Schubert: 4 Impromptus Op.142, D.935 - No.2 in A flat: Allegretto 5:44$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  7. Schubert: 4 Impromptus Op.142, D.935 - No.3 in B flat: Theme (Andante) with Variations11:49Album Only
listen  8. Schubert: 4 Impromptus Op.142, D.935 - No.4 in F minor: Allegro scherzando 5:27$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  9. Schubert: 16 German Dances, D.78310:41Album Only


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listen  1. Schubert: 3 Klavierstücke, D.946 - No.1 in E flat minor (Allegro assai) 8:59Album Only
listen  2. Schubert: 3 Klavierstücke, D.946 - No.2 in E flat (Allegretto) 9:31Album Only
listen  3. Schubert: 3 Klavierstücke, D.946 - No.3 in C (Allegro) 4:59$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  4. Schubert: 6 Moments musicaux, Op.94 D.780 - No.1 in C (Moderato) 5:12$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  5. Schubert: 6 Moments musicaux, Op.94 D.780 - No.2 in A Flat (Andantino) 6:27$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  6. Schubert: 6 Moments musicaux, Op.94 D.780 - No.3 in F Minor (Allegro moderato) 1:40$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  7. Schubert: 6 Moments musicaux, Op.94 D.780 - No.4 in C Sharp Minor (Moderato) 5:18$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  8. Schubert: 6 Moments musicaux, Op.94 D.780 - No.5 in F Minor (Allegro vivace) 2:08$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  9. Schubert: 6 Moments musicaux, Op.94 D.780 - No.6 in A Flat (Allegretto) 7:05Album Only
listen10. Schubert: 12 German Dances, D.79010:35Album Only

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  • Performer: Franz Schubert, Alfred Brendel
  • Audio CD (March 11, 1997)
  • Number of Discs: 2
  • Label: Philips
  • ASIN: B0000041MS
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (21 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #48,516 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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It brought tears to my eyes to think that in this world there exists such sheer beauty.
'German Boy'
I've always heard Brendel was a great interpreter of Beethoven, but have not heard his recordings before this work of Schubert.
M. Fresa
This wonderous music is simple in form, but beautiful and emotional when played spectacularly well as here by Brendel.
Jeff Chan

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91 of 94 people found the following review helpful By Christopher Smith on February 2, 2002
Format: Audio CD
Schubert's Impromptus are among my most favorite piano music. Schubert is unique among composers in that he can evoke the most complex emotions out of the simplest and most irresistible melodies, and the changes of mood even within the space of a few bars are staggering in these pieces. To me they are the greatest measure of a pianist's heart, because while the technical challenges of the Impromptus are not enormous, a pianist must possess the kind of empathy necessary to follow the music's journey into the depths of human heartbreak and joy.
Because I love this music so much, I either own or have borrowed from libraries many interpretations--Perahia, Uchida, Zimerman, Pires, Kempff--yet Brendel remains the standard against which all the others must be measured. His approach to the Impromptus is deceptively direct, never overwrought and precious, and he just lays bare their infinite richness without holding back or muddying their overall effect.
My other favorite is Perahia, who is a little more restrained in his playing, and who is in his own way every bit as impressive as Brendel, so I'd have to say it is difficult to choose between the two. In the end I suppose it just comes down to personal preference, and here I have to go with Brendel, because his interpretations seem a shade less mannered and communicate to me the improvisatory (ie. the impromptu) nature of these compositions. Better though to own both, and hear for yourself the kinds of divergent responses these masterpieces cvan evoke.
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31 of 32 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on December 12, 2000
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As with his other Schubert, Brendel's playing has such a natural feeling to it throughout these performances. While his playing is deeply emotional, Brendel also shows a measure of self-restraint that lets the music breathe in a way that it doesn't in the hand of other interpreters, even greats like Horowitz. The recording quality is outstanding, so there's nothing standing between you and the music.
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36 of 40 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on March 28, 2000
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Schubert's Impromptus, particularly nos. 3 and 4 of Opus 90, are among the most beautiful and moving of all piano works, and in the hands of Brendel they are otherworldly. His combination of technical perfection, color, shading, and passion is unsurpassable.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Jeff Chan on May 12, 2010
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It's hard to imagine better performances of these works, either technically or emotionally. Brendel takes a relatively straight line through the works that reveals their varied emotional glory. This is beauty through structure, realized though a heartfelt and thoroughly considered, yet spontaneous-sounding performance. This wonderous music is simple in form, but beautiful and emotional when played spectacularly well as here by Brendel.

Recordings are from 1972 through 1975 on analog tape. Sound quality is phenomenal. There are no obvious limits imposed by the very high quality analog tape, microphone technique or recording hall, other than perhaps a touch of overload. (Piano is notoriously hard to record well due to wide dynamic range, sharp percussive attacks, a large physical volume, etc.) It would not be surprising if this digital transfer sounds better than the LPs it was originally released on. The piano is a bit close-miked, yet there is very good hall sound.
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22 of 26 people found the following review helpful By moviemusicbuff on March 19, 2005
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Albert Brendel is an outstanding pianist and excellent interpreter of Beethoven, Mozart, Haydn, and Schubert. He is a complete master of these famous pieces by Schubert and he plays these pieces with such grace, delicate touch and refined tone.

I just heard Brendel in concert playing one of these Impromptus and he was letter perfect, with exceptional tone. His playing is quite moving, bordering toward the sacred.

This CD collection by Philips is the one to own. It includes all of Schubert's Impromptus and includes German Dances and Klavierstucke. What an outstanding bargain!! This CD is an absolute must for fans of Schubert and piano music!
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If I would be urged to choose the best of the best versions of Schubert's complete impromptus (available now in the CD market) my options would surely vacillate between two legendary renditions committed to disc in early 1970s by two of the greatest performers of the classical Viennese composer: Alfred Brendel and Radu Lupu. Each of the two versions shines and conquers you in its own right: Brendel's by a fresh and light playfulness simply inviting to soar, Lupu's by a lyrical introspection that thrills the listener giving rise to a delicate and romantic melancholy. Both betting on the beauty of this unmatched marvelous music...

Although Brendel relapsed to these wonderful impromptus in late 1980s digital recordings of the late Schubert's works (1822-1828), his previous version seems to me the definitive one, the most inspired and successful in getting the very essence of the Schubertian grace. There is an infallible joy in his playing, yet a permanent restrain controls the proceedings. Brendel's conception proves serene, imaginative, cordial and confessing. Neither too direct, nor too elaborated. But in permanent seek for the right nuance and proper mood of each note, for voicing the meaning of the deepest emotions. His technique aims to firmly touch the contours but never crossing them, never distorting them. His famous sense of narration in music stands here at its most seductive. Each particular phrase tells a story, suggests a history, unfolds instants of a destiny. I fond of Brendel's fondness of humbly mediate such an elegant and beautiful music. There are moments when I am tempted to make up my choice regarding the best of the best recorded Schubert impromptus...

Try this twofer and you won't be disappointed. After repeated listening to it, you will feel enticed to think of choosing the best of the best Schubert recorded impromptus too...
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