Music for Two Pianos
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Highly-charged performances of delightful music.

Schubert made an extraordinary contribution to the four-hand repertoire, and his compositions in the form span his entire career. In all, he wrote some 60 works for piano four hands, many of which rank among his most profound and inspired creations as well as his most charming and delightful. It is clear that Schubert did not consider it simply occasional music, but as a serious medium that was perhaps more natural to him than the composition of solo piano music. In fact, Schubert made his first public performance as a pianist in March 1818 performing his own four-hand arrangement of the Italian Overture in D Major on two pianos with Ansel Huttenbrenner. And when he decided to approach Beethoven, whom he worshipped, it was with a four-hand work, the Variations in E Minor, which made a favorable impression. Schubert was also extremely demanding that the pianists he performed with were first rate and once commented that "this damned bashing, which is to be found among even the most renowned pianists, I cannot stand. It delights neither the ear nor the heart." One of Schubert's favorite partners was Josef von Gahy who described his playing: "the sometimes tender, sometimes flowing and bold performances of Schubert, who played the primo part, his strong technique, and free interpretation made the hours of playing together delightful and unforgettable."
Contents:
Franz Schubert, composer
Eleven Ländler, D. 366
Cosmo Buono, David Bradshaw, duo-piano


Franz Schubert, composer
Fantasie in F Minor, D. 940
Cosmo Buono, David Bradshaw, duo-piano


Franz Schubert, composer
Divertissement a la Hongroise, D. 818
Cosmo Buono, David Bradshaw, duo-piano


Franz Schubert, composer
Trois Marches Militaires, D. 733
Cosmo Buono, David Bradshaw, duo-piano

Review:
"Each of the three military marches exploits a difference rhythm, and Bradshaw and Buono capture their zest and invention with a hearty collaboration that will remind collectors of the early inscriptions by Artur and Karl Ulrich Schnabel. Recorded sound and production values are top flight." (Classical discDigest)
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