Schubert: Fantasy in F minor, D940; Marches militaires, D733, Rondos D608 & D951

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COMPOSERS: Schubert
LABELS: Erato
WORKS: Fantasy in F minor, D940; Marches militaires, D733, Rondos D608 & D951
PERFORMER: Maria-João Pires, Hüseyin Sermet (piano)
CATALOGUE NO: 0630-10718-2 DDD (1989)
These excellent reissues winningly capture the intimate sound-world of Schubert’s piano duet music. Both duos are well matched, with alert ensemble and pleasing conversational exchanges. Pires and Sermet evoke happy days of music-making with friends in pieces such as the D major and A major Rondos, and some exquisite dance miniatures. Alternatively, Queffélec and Cooper offer an effective portrayal of the Grand Duo’s symphonic conception, together with a dynamic performance of Lebensstürme and a delightfully fragrant account of the Variations, D813. With the Fantasy, though, more reverberant recording gives Pires and Sermet’s version a touch more atmosphere. Nicholas Rast

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