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Impromptus [Import]

Franz Peter Schubert Audio CD
4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)
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1. Impromptus Op. 90 D. 899: No. 1 In C Minor
2. Impromptus Op. 90 D. 899: No. 2 In E Flat
3. Impromptus Op. 90 D. 899: No. 3 In G Flat
4. Impromptus Op. 90 D. 899: No. 4 In A Flat
5. Impromptus Op. 142 D. 935: No. 1 In F Minor
6. Impromptus Op. 142 D. 935: No. 2 In A Flat
7. Impromptus Op. 142 D. 935: No. 3 In B Flat
8. Impromptus Op. 142 D. 935: No. 4 In F Minor

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5.0 out of 5 stars Schubert Impromptus May 13 2004
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Being a young pianist myself, I was eager to listen to this CD, as I was starting to work on the Schubert Impromptu, Opus 90, No. 2. I enjoy listening to recordings to get ideas for dynamics and color to use in the pieces. This CD was far beyond my expectations. All of the pieces were gorgiously played, light and thoughtful as well, the latter being quite typical of Breandel. All in all, it is a fantastic recording that I am not able to stop listening to!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Perfect, Gets Better with Time May 13 2004
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Being a snobby classical music aficianado and being 19 is tough, so I play this when no one is looking. I mainly bought this cd for Schubert's impromptu 3 in G flat, which is one of the most beautiful pieces of music I have yet to hear. The inital purchase of this cd was 50% for me, 50% for other people to see that I had this cd and to commend me. However, as I have been playing this cd more and more, every impromptu has become important to me, and I listen to it only for myself now. The music is warm, heartfelt, and quite powerful. If you see just one track you like on this cd, buy it, and the entire cd will grow on you. Its incredible.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Impromptus played as they should be. Jan. 7 2003
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As far as I am concerned, Brendel plays the Impromtpus as they should be played: relatively sober and not to quickly, with exactly the right mixture of emotion and technicality. I have heard a number of performances, all using way to much tempo and emotion variation, depriving the music of its power. These pieces are too perfect to be subject to too much unneccessary interpretation. Undoubtalby the best recording of these masterpieces I have ever come across. Shivers down my spine every time. Enjoy.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Cold and Dry Performance!!! Feb. 22 2002
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i am not an expert but i love Schubert's IMPROMPTUS.This performance by Brendel was devoid of all sensitivity and emotion and seems matter of fact.I am immensely grateful to INGRID HAEBLER for a wonderful and sensitive readings of these otherworldly pieces.listen to Ingrid haebler playing the 5th impromptu to understand what i mean.There is mystical and delicate ,poignant quality about these pieces that Haebler brings to perfection.The shift in tempo and dynamics is quite a treat.none of these are to be found in Brendel's playing.IF you have not listened to Ingrid Haebler Playing the IMPROMPTUS you have not heard them at all!
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5.0 out of 5 stars The Gold Standard Among Greats Feb. 12 2002
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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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