Schubert: Musical Moments; Schumann: Piano Concerto

Schubert: Musical Moments; Schumann: Piano Concerto

by Rudolf Serkin


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As beautiful as they are and as wonderful as it is to hear them, one can only regret the inclusion of Rudolf Serkin's recording of Schubert's "Moments Musicaux" on this disc otherwise given to his recordings of Schumann's "Piano Concerto" and "Introduction and Allegro appassionato" with Eugene Ormandy and the Philadelphia Orchestra. Their inclusion implies two inevitable conclusions: that Serkin's recording of Schumann's "Introduction and Allegro" with Ormandy and the Philadelphia will probably not be reissued and that Serkin's other Schubert recordings might never be reissued. This would be a shame. All three of Serkin's recordings of Schumann's works for piano and orchestra were easily among the best ever made -- indeed, his recordings of the "Introduction and Allegro appassionato" and "Introduction and Allegro" have yet to be bettered -- and together on a single disc they would be unbeatable. And all Serkin's Schubert recordings were easily among the best ever made -- indeed, his recording of the late "Sonata in A major" has never been bettered -- and the more of them that are available, the better. But still, the performances here are so soulful, so inward, so lyrical, and so profound that it would be hard to resist this disc, despite its dire implications. Sony's remastering of Columbia's original stereo recordings is cleaner, rounder, and more real than many of its digital recordings.

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Release Date: 02/22/2005
Label: Sony
UPC: 0827969390825
catalogNumber: 93908
Rank: 201007

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