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Schubert: Piano Sonatas Box set

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Audio CD, Box set, November 1, 2005
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  • Performer: Michael Endres
  • Composer: Franz Schubert
  • Audio CD (November 1, 2005)
  • Number of Discs: 6
  • Format: Box set
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  • Label: Capriccio
  • ASIN: B001UUNAJ2
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #913,859 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Lachrimae on April 15, 2011
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Today Schubert's last piano sonatas safely belong to the standard repertoire for any classical music fans, but many people seem to be largely uninterested in other sonatas. Thus there are relatively few "complete" recordings, while the market is full of recordings featuring the last three (or usually one or two of these).

Last year I was searching for a "complete" set of Schubert's sonatas. I already had had "complete" ones by Badura-Skoda and Kempff and listened many times to "semi-complete" ones by Uchida, et al. Badura-Skoda's playing is excellent with a complete understanding of Schubert's idiom, but the sound of the fortepianos he uses is clangy and hard to listen. Kempff gives us an excellent interpretation of the early sonatas, but he is unimaginative and bland in some of the middle and late ones. Uchida has a great sense of touch, but she often over-indulges herself and tries to be over-romantic. Then I came across this one by Michael Endres. I'm quite surprised that this excellent set hasn't acquired a review yet so far.

This set is almost complete, with all the major sonatas included. This is adequate, though I miss the E major sonata (D. 459) or the F-sharp minor sonata (D. 571), which are not included. In fact, there are almost no perfectly complete recordings of Schubert's sonatas, since he left a large body of fragments and unfinished works. If you are not interested in those which are not included, then this set will be fine. Though relatively unknown compared to those great "Schubertian" pianists, this German pianist delivers an interpretation which is solid yet rich in tone and sensitivity. He maintains his balance, and has a firm grasp of the tempo and touch. These are things even great pianists fail to do when playing Schubert's sonatas.
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