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  Schubert: Piano Works - Christian Zacharias
  Schubert: Sonata in A major D.959, Dances D.820, D.814, D.841 & D.844

Christian Zacharias (piano)
Track listing:
  Classical - Instrumental
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Recording info:
  2+2+2 recording

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Reviews: 2

Site review by Polly Nomial April 11, 2007
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Review by terence April 7, 2007 (6 of 8 found this review helpful)
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This is highly recommendable. I listened in 5.1 multichannel and found the piano tone among the very best and most natural I've heard, extremely realistic. Balance is not too far forward, not too far back - well nigh perfect.

Zacharias's interpretation uses a wide range of dynamics, and has a pretty much ideal combination of steel and tenderness, and he certainly doesn't sentimentalise or drag tempos in the more lyrical passages.

This is one of my favourite sonatas, and I'd put this performance up there with the likes of Rudolf Serkin and Imogen Cooper (both RBCD) for overall satisfaction. It's the debut of D959 on SACD, and a very good one at that.

The short clutch of miscellaneous Dances used to make up the programme are a fairly light makeweight, but won't stop me giving this a maximum rating. I'd love to hear Zacharias's D960.

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Works: 5  

Franz Schubert - 2 German Dances, D. 841
Franz Schubert - 4 Ländler for Piano Duet, D. 814
Franz Schubert - 6 German Dances, D. 820
Franz Schubert - Piano Sonata No. 20 in A major, D. 959
Franz Schubert - Waltz in G major, D. 844