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Rudolf Serkin plays Schubert: Piano Sonatas D.959; D.960; D.840; Piano Quintet "Trout"; Der Hirt auf dem Felsen; Piano Trio No. 2 / Jaime Laredo, violin; Benita Valente, soprano; Myron Bloom, horn

Album Summary

>Schubert, Franz : Sonata for Piano in A major, D 959
>Schubert, Franz : Impromptus (4) for Piano, D 935/Op. 142
>Schubert, Franz : Sonata for Piano in B flat major, D 960
>Schubert, Franz : Sonata for Piano in C major, D 840 "Reliquie"
>Schubert, Franz : "Trout" Quintet
>Schubert, Franz : Auf dem Strom ("Nimm die letzten Abschiedsküsse"), song for voice, piano & horn, D. 943 (Op. posth.
>Schubert, Franz : Der Hirt auf dem Felsen ("Wenn auf dem höchsten Fels ich steh'"), for voice, clarinet (or cello) & p
>Schubert, Franz : Moments musicaux (6) for Piano, D 780/Op. 94
>Schubert, Franz : Trio for Piano and Strings no 2 in E flat major, Op. 100, D 929
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Notes & Reviews:

Drawn from the worldwide holdings of Sony Classical Music and re-mastered in 24bit High Resolution Audio, these smart, desirable and collectible multi-disc editions, replete with legendary artists, offer many of the finest, most sought-after recordings in the classical discography. The slender, shelf-friendly box frontages feature large, prominently displayed photos of the edition’s featured artist, work listings at the back, with the CDs themselves housed in protective sleeves that divulge the recording specifics for each performance. Pianist Rudolf Serkin is often recalled as one of the 20th century’s most commanding performers of Mozart, Beethoven and Brahms. But he was always a masterful Schubertian as well. After the war, he became American Columbia’s premier pianist in the Classic-Romantic repertoire. This 5-CD box gathers his recordings of the last two Schubert Sonatas – two different ones of the great B flat, D 960: one from 1975 and a live 1977 performance from Carnegie Hall – as well as the Impromptus, Moments musicaux, the “Trout” Quintet (from the Marlboro Festival with “an enthusiastic group that rises to the work’s challenges and Serkin’s inspired promptings” – AllMusic.com) and the exquisite late chamber songs “Auf dem Strom” and “Der Hirt auf dem Felsen”, in which he is joined by soprano Benita Valente, horn Myron Bloom and clarinet Harold Wright. “A great artist’s imprint shapes each selection” – ClassicsToday.

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Rudolf Serkin plays Schubert

Sunday Times, 2nd August 2015
They are grand, searching performances, but at times overemphatic and disconcertingly percussive.

Notes & Reviews:

Recording information: Brattleboro, VT (01/1979); Guilford, Vermont, Unites States (01/1979); Marlboro, Vermont, Unites States (01/1979); New York City, Carnegie Hall (01/1979); New York City, Columbia 30th Street Studio (01/1979); Brattleboro, VT (02/16/1966/02/18/1966); Guilford, Vermont, Unites States (02/16/1966/02/18/1966); Marlboro, Vermont, Unites States (02/16/1966/02/18/1966); New York City, Carnegie Hall (02/16/1966/02/18/1966); New York City, Columbia 30th Street Studio (02/16/1966/02/18/1966); Brattleboro, VT (03/22/1955/03/24/1955); Guilford, Vermont, Unites States (03/22/1955/03/24/1955); Marlboro, Vermont, Unites States (03/22/1955/03/24/1955); New York City, Carnegie Hall (03/22/1955/03/24/1955); New York City, Columbia 30th Street Studio (03/22/1955/03/24/1955); Brattleboro, VT (08/15/1967); Guilford, Vermont, Unites States (08/15/1967); Marlboro, Vermont, Unites States (08/15/1967); New York City, Carnegie Hall (08/15/1967); New York City, Columbia 30th Street Studio (08/15/1967); Brattleboro, VT (09/24/1975/09/25/1975); Guilford, Vermont, Unites States (09/24/1975/09/25/1975); Marlboro, Vermont, Unites States (09/24/1975/09/25/1975); New York City, Carnegie Hall (09/24/1975/09/25/1975); New York City, Columbia 30th Street Studio (09/24/1975/09/25/1975); Brattleboro, VT (10/11/1951); Guilford, Vermont, Unites States (10/11/1951); Marlboro, Vermont, Unites States (10/11/1951); New York City, Carnegie Hall (10/11/1951); New York City, Columbia 30th Street Studio (10/11/1951); Brattleboro, VT (12/08/1952); Guilford, Vermont, Unites States (12/08/1952); Marlboro, Vermont, Unites States (12/08/1952); New York City, Carnegie Hall (12/08/1952); New York City, Columbia 30th Street Studio (12/08/1952); Brattleboro, VT (12/14/1977/12/15/1977); Guilford, Vermont, Unites States (12/14/1977/12/15/1977); Marlboro, Vermont, Unites States (12/14/1977/12/15/1977); New York City, Carnegie Hall (12/14/1977/12/15/1977); New York City, Columbia 30th Street Studio (12/14/1977/12/15/1977); Brattleboro, VT (1960-08-16&1960-08-17&1960-); Guilford, Vermont, Unites States (1960-08-16&1960-08-17&1960-); Marlboro, Vermont, Unites States (1960-08-16&1960-08-17&1960-); New York City, Carnegie Hall (1960-08-16&1960-08-17&1960-); New York City, Columbia 30th Street Studio (1960-08-16&1960-08-17&1960-).



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>Schubert, Franz : Sonata for Piano in A major, D 959
  • Performer: Rudolf Serkin (Piano)
  • Notes: New York City, Columbia 30th Street Studio (02/16/1966/02/18/1966)
  • Running Time: 40 min. 24 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Written: 09/1828

>Schubert, Franz : Impromptus (4) for Piano, D 935/Op. 142
  • Performer: Rudolf Serkin (Piano)
  • Running Time: 37 min. 6 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Written: 12/1827

>Schubert, Franz : Sonata for Piano in B flat major, D 960
  • Performer: Rudolf Serkin (Piano)
  • Notes: Guilford, Vermont, Unites States (09/24/1975/09/25/1975)
  • Running Time: 85 min. 2 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Written: 09/1828

>Schubert, Franz : Sonata for Piano in C major, D 840 "Reliquie"
  • Performer: Rudolf Serkin (Piano)
  • Notes: New York City, Columbia 30th Street Studio (03/22/1955/03/24/1955)
  • Running Time: 25 min. 22 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Written: 04/1825

>Schubert, Franz : "Trout" Quintet
  • Performers: Jaime Laredo (Violin); Julius Levine (Double Bass); Philipp Naegele (Viola); Leslie Parnas (Cello); Rudolf Serkin (Piano)
  • Running Time: 39 min. 33 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Form: Chamber Music
  • Written: 1819

>Schubert, Franz : Auf dem Strom ("Nimm die letzten Abschiedsküsse"), song for voice, piano & horn, D. 943 (Op. posth.
  • Performers: Myron Bloom (French Horn); Rudolf Serkin (Piano); Benita Valente (Soprano)
  • Notes: Marlboro, Vermont, Unites States (1960-08-16&1960-08-17&1960-)
  • Running Time: 11 min. 4 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Written: 03/1828

>Schubert, Franz : Der Hirt auf dem Felsen ("Wenn auf dem höchsten Fels ich steh'"), for voice, clarinet (or cello) & p
  • Performers: Rudolf Serkin (Piano); Benita Valente (Soprano); Harold Wright (Clarinet)
  • Notes: Marlboro, Vermont, Unites States (1960-08-16&1960-08-17&1960-)
  • Running Time: 12 min. 33 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Written: 1828

>Schubert, Franz : Moments musicaux (6) for Piano, D 780/Op. 94
  • Performer: Rudolf Serkin (Piano)
  • Running Time: 28 min. 30 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Written: ?1823-28

>Schubert, Franz : Trio for Piano and Strings no 2 in E flat major, Op. 100, D 929
  • Performers: Adolf Busch (Violin); Hermann Busch (Cello); Rudolf Serkin (Piano)
  • Running Time: 41 min. sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Form: Chamber Music
  • Written: 11/1827

>Schubert, Franz : Sonata for Piano in B flat major, D 960
  • Performer: Rudolf Serkin (Piano)
  • Notes: New York City, Carnegie Hall (12/14/1977/12/15/1977)
  • Running Time: 85 min. 2 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Written: 09/1828