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Offline Leo K.

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Re: Schubert Piano Recordings
« Reply #420 on: April 06, 2015, 09:19:22 PM »
The new Richter Schubert box on Melodiya is superb! Great sound and live performances - in Moscow! On sale at Presto Classical.
I just got this set, very excited about it!

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Re: Schubert Piano Recordings
« Reply #421 on: August 12, 2015, 07:43:25 PM »
A recital disc such as the one below can't help but be eye-catching. First there are the two white-hot, marketing-driven works - the Schubert and the Liszt. Then, almost as a postscript, comes the time-for-reckoning-trendy-newish piece, the Janáček. In the spotlight at last.

But despite this, missing from this disc is the one sure-fire marketing hook that would set off sales like the 4th of July: the big league, A-lister pianist.

Without that, it's time for some hard prayer...both from the record company and, well, admittedly, the buyer.

So, just who is Philipp Kopachevsky? Actually...dunno. The promotional bio in the booklet is relatively small (well, one page). But truthfully, that's refreshing. Zero glam-shots of questionable contorted poses, no tasteless cleavage crotch-stuffing, etc... Just an informative rundown of his accomplishments (winner of the tenth Schubert competition, appearances...). 

The bulk of the lengthy, in-depth notes focus on the music. Nice.

So, what's so special about Philipp Kopachevsky? Other than his right-on-the-money poetic unbuttoning of the Schubert Wanderer, dunno. So far that's the only work I've heard on this disc.

But it's an auspicious start. No question about it.

Kopachevsky is blessed with a poetic and dramatic sixth sense which is perfect for playing up the scowling, "let's leave this wretched wood" moodiness in the music. No quirky twist or fanciful cross-current is underplayed. The musical narrative is tightly woven with every phrase finding something meaningful to say.

Sheer delight...well, as much delight as can be had from such a rich march to the hangman's noose...

Oh, and good sound, too. I've heard better but the clarity is amazing which opens up the music to perfection.





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Re: Schubert Piano Recordings
« Reply #422 on: August 12, 2015, 10:41:04 PM »
A recital disc such as the one below can't help but be eye-catching. First there are the two white-hot, marketing-driven works - the Schubert and the Liszt. Then, almost as a postscript, comes the time-for-reckoning-trendy-newish piece, the Janáček. In the spotlight at last.

But despite this, missing from this disc is the one sure-fire marketing hook that would set off sales like the 4th of July: the big league, A-lister pianist.

Without that, it's time for some hard prayer...both from the record company and, well, admittedly, the buyer.

So, just who is Philipp Kopachevsky? Actually...dunno. The promotional bio in the booklet is relatively small (well, one page). But truthfully, that's refreshing. Zero glam-shots of questionable contorted poses, no tasteless cleavage crotch-stuffing, etc... Just an informative rundown of his accomplishments (winner of the tenth Schubert competition, appearances...). 

The bulk of the lengthy, in-depth notes focus on the music. Nice.

So, what's so special about Philipp Kopachevsky? Other than his right-on-the-money poetic unbuttoning of the Schubert Wanderer, dunno. So far that's the only work I've heard on this disc.

But it's an auspicious start. No question about it.

Kopachevsky is blessed with a poetic and dramatic sixth sense which is perfect for playing up the scowling, "let's leave this wretched pathway" moodiness in the music. No quirky twist or fanciful cross-current is underplayed. The musical narrative is tightly woven with every phrase finding something meaningful to say.

Sheer delight...well, as much delight as can be had from such a rich march to the hangman's noose...

Oh, and good sound, too. I've heard better but the clarity is amazing which opens up the music to perfection.






A good one that I discovered because of the Liszt sonata.

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Re: Schubert Piano Recordings
« Reply #423 on: August 13, 2015, 03:47:36 PM »
A good one that I discovered because of the Liszt sonata.

Thanks. Yes, one of the better Wanderer's I've heard. I'll be listening to the Liszt sonata soon. How did this one make out during your sojourn?



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Re: Schubert Piano Recordings
« Reply #424 on: August 13, 2015, 04:16:57 PM »
Thanks. Yes, one of the better Wanderer's I've heard. I'll be listening to the Liszt sonata soon. How did this one make out during your sojourn?

I lost all my documentation: the 106 page document with all the reviews, the spreadsheet with over 250 ratings - all I have is an old version that was the last one I backed up.  I am in the process of reconstructing it, but only up to Paul Badura-Skoda so far.  And, I was so close to being done.  So I can't remember what I thought of his recording other than I know it was not bad, but also not one of the great ones.  I seem to remember it was on a private label, and he had won some competition, but I may be getting him mixed up with someone else.

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Re: Schubert Piano Recordings
« Reply #425 on: August 13, 2015, 04:54:23 PM »
I lost all my documentation: the 106 page document with all the reviews, the spreadsheet with over 250 ratings - all I have is an old version that was the last one I backed up.  I am in the process of reconstructing it, but only up to Paul Badura-Skoda so far.  And, I was so close to being done.  So I can't remember what I thought of his recording other than I know it was not bad, but also not one of the great ones.  I seem to remember it was on a private label, and he had won some competition, but I may be getting him mixed up with someone else.

 ::) :-[

Yes, I read about that on your Liszt thread. That sucks. That's gotta be up there with losing a winning lottery ticket as far as physical pain.

Are you reconstructing it by listening to all the recordings again? I'm surprised you don't poop little Liszt sonatas by now! ;D Only kidding! That's some serious dedication, there. :)

 
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Re: Schubert Piano Recordings
« Reply #426 on: August 13, 2015, 05:39:17 PM »
Yes, I read about that on your Liszt thread. That sucks. That's gotta be up there with losing a winning lottery ticket as far as physical pain.

Are you reconstructing it by listening to all the recordings again? I'm surprised you don't poop little Liszt sonatas by now! ;D Only kidding! That's some serious dedication, there. :)

Yes, I am listening a second time - but I will go slower and just do one or two when I feel like it.  Amazingly I am not tired of the work. 

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Re: Schubert Piano Recordings
« Reply #427 on: March 17, 2019, 04:19:06 AM »
Bumping up the thread.

Currently going through this set of the sonatas and stuff:



Brendel’s first Philips recordings of the Schubert sonatas, from late 70s to early 80s. A couple of later 2000ish performances complete the set. I love Brendel’s unsentimental, sometimes brusque way with Schubert. He may sometimes sound precious and overrefined on points of detail, but he never cheapens the music. As a set I prefer it to Zacharias, Uchida or Kempff. Brendel’s Schubert is probing, serious, flowing but also quirky and capricious (like a little child). His later performances became more angular and the singing line was a casualty of that approach.

Onther pianists I like in individual recordings are Cooper, Orozco, Erdmann (I only heard his D960, but it made a big impression).

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Re: Schubert Piano Recordings
« Reply #428 on: November 02, 2019, 08:58:18 AM »
I just got this set, very excited about it!

How did you enjoy it?
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Re: Schubert Piano Recordings
« Reply #429 on: May 12, 2020, 09:12:12 AM »
Well, looks like André bumped the thread last year after a 4-year dormancy -  8)

Just starting to review my Schubert collection - a lot of discs amassed over the years w/ a bunch of duplications/triplications - don't want to add anything but could certainly replace or cull out recordings - starting w/ 'solo piano' - currently own the first three sets shown below and like to have a PI and MI example when appropriate, so the Orkis & B-S (have all 3 sets) are a nice PI combo which I'll keep, but my only MI set for a LONG time is Uchida, which I also like despite some mixed reviews (see attachment of MANY reviews for those interested) - now, Martino Tirimo has received a number of good comments in the review attachment, but not available at the moment on Amazon USA (have not checked across the pond).

So, curious about thoughts on the Mitsuko Uchida & Tirimo recordings and certainly any others or even 'newer' releases - have not gone down this road in a long while and much is available on Amazon.  Thanks - Dave :)