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SCHUBERT Fantasie in F Minor & other piano duets. Andreas Staier, Alexander Melnikov. Harmonia Mundi

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Schubert Fantasie In F Minor Duets Andreas Staier Alexander Melnikov

SCHUBERT Fantasie in F Minor & other piano duets
works for 4-hand piano

1-4 Fantasie Op.103 D940, F minor
5 Ländler D814
6 Marche Caractéristique D886 No. 1, C major
7-15 Variations on an original theme Op.35 D813, A flat major
16 Grande Marche Op.40 No. 3 D819, B minor
17 Polonaise Op.61 N° 1 D824, D minor
18 Rondo Op.107 D951, A major

Andreas Staier, Alexander Melnikov
[fortepiano Graf by Christopher Clarke]

"I have composed a big sonata and variations for four hands, and the latter have met with a specially good reception here, but I do not entirely trust Hungarian taste, and I shall leave it to you and to the Viennese to decide their true merit" So wrote Franz Schubert in 1824, evoking the popular 19th-century genre for 4-hands piano that publishers were always pestering him to write for. In his brief life Schubert devoted 32 compositions to this form and the least of these pieces, be it a ländler, polonaise or march, radiates with all of his finesse and sensitivity. Three are incontestable masterpieces, in the same rank as his sonatas or quartets: the Variations D813, the Fantasie D 940 and the Rondo D 951. All three date from the composer's final years, a period that gave birth to his most accomplished works.
In concert, Andreas Staier and Alexander Melnikov have played Bach's 'Well-Tempered Clavier', with Staier at the harpsichord, alongside Shostakovich's '24 Preludes and Fugues', with Melnikov at the piano. Sharing a keyboard evidently suits them just as well; their unique musical complicity bringing together four hands and two immense talents.

Harmonia Mundi HMM902227

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