Paul Badura-Skoda plays Schubert - The Complete Piano Sonatas
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The first CD release of a landmark edition
Paul Badura-Skoda is unquestionably the outstanding Schubert pianist of the 20th century, declared the Leipzig Volkszeitung in 2012. An astute interpreter, a sensuous singer on the keyboard, one who plumbs the notes fully yet treats each one with love and intelligent solicitude. Coinciding with the pianist's 90th birthday later this year, Sony Classical is pleased to announce the first CD release of Badura-Skoda's complete recording of the Schubert sonatas, an LP collector's item ever since its original publication in 1971.
Encouraged by the Vienna-born RCA Victor executive George Marek, Badura-Skoda recorded all of Franz Schubert's sonatas including his own completions of several works left unfinished by the composer between May 1967 and May 1971. When RCA released the complete set of sonatas on 13 LPs at the end of 1971, the Gramophone reviewer showered Badura-Skoda's interpretations with praise: As a fellow Viennese he has the style in his blood and loves the music. Nothing is over-driven or inflated. Schubert for him is no would-be Beethoven: he conveys the music's relaxed lyricism, its basic simplicity, emphasizing romantic dreams more than the stern, classical sonata heritage.
Now this very special set is available again, newly remastered from the original analogue masters for its first CD appearance as a 12-disc box. Paul Badura-Skoda's Schubert is a must-have for lovers of great piano music, performed with the utmost love and understanding.
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