Schubert Duet

Emil & Elena Gilels, Wiener Philharmoniker, Karl Bohm - Mozart: Piano Concertos K.595 & K.365; Schubert: Fantasy (2001)

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart: Piano Concerto No.27, K.595; Concerto For 2 Pianos, K.365
Franz Schubert: Fantasy in F minor, D. 940 (Op.103) for piano duet
Emil & Elena Gilels, pianos; Wiener Philharmoniker; Karl Böhm, conductor

EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue&Log) ~ 326 Mb | Mp3 (CBR320) ~ 188 Mb | Scans included
Classical | Label: Deutsche Grammophon | # 463 652-2 | Time: 01:17:36

This is the most beautiful of Mozart playing, his last piano concerto given here by Emil Gilels with total clarity. This is a classic performance, memorably accompanied by the VPO and Böhm. Suffice it to say that Gilels sees everything and exaggerates nothing, that the performance has an Olympian authority and serenity, and that the Larghetto is one of the glories of the gramophone. He's joined by his daughter Elena in the Double Piano Concerto in E flat, and their physical relationship is mirrored in the quality, and the mutual understanding of the playing: both works receive marvellous interpretations. We think Emil plays first, Elena second, but could be quite wrong. The VPO under Karl Böhm is at its best; and so is the quality of recording, with a good stereo separation of the two solo parts, highly desirable in this work.
Berliner Philharmoniker, Nikolaus Harnoncourt - The Complete Schubert Edition (2015) [Official Digital Download 24/48]

Berliner Philharmoniker, Nikolaus Harnoncourt - The Complete Schubert Edition (2015)
FLAC (tracks) 24-bit/48 kHz | Time - 512:24 minutes | 4.92 GB
Studio Master, Official Digital Download | Artwork: Digital booklet

Nikolaus Harnoncourt once said, “Schubert is the composer who is closest to my heart” – and in this edition, Harnoncourt and the Berliner Philharmoniker present a brilliant and multifaceted portrait of the composer. It of course includes Schubert’s symphonies – from the too little-known early works to the “Unfinished” and the “Great” C major Symphony. With Schubert’s final two masses, central works of Romantic sacred music are also represented, plus there is a first-class discovery with the opera Alfonso und Estrella.
Julia Fischer, Martin Helmchen - Schubert: Complete Works for Violin & Piano, Vol. 2 (2010) [Official Digital Download 24/96]

Julia Fischer, Martin Helmchen - Schubert: Complete Works for Violin & Piano, Vol. 2 (2010)
FLAC (tracks) 24-bit/96 kHz | Time - 66:56 minutes | 1.10 GB
Studio Master, Official Digital Download | Artwork: Digital booklet

It is a sign of great artistry when performers can take a composer's lesser works and make them compelling. That Fischer and Helmchen have done so with Schubert's modest violin and piano works to such joyous effect is remarkable. The revelation comes when Fischer joins Helmchen at the piano in the sublime Fantasia.
Martin Helmchen, Marie-Elisabeth Hecker & Antje Weithaas - Schubert: Arpeggione Sonata & Trio No. 2 (2017) [24/96]

Martin Helmchen, Marie-Elisabeth Hecker & Antje Weithaas - Schubert: Arpeggione Sonata & Trio No. 2 (2017)
FLAC (tracks) 24-bit/96 kHz | Time - 73:21 minutes | 1.26 GB
Studio Master, Official Digital Download | Artwork: Digital booklet

Following a first recording on Alpha devoted to Brahms which garnered much praise real duo playing said Gramophone, while Classica discerned shared music making . . . a world full of nuances and subtlety, boundless sonic imagination (Marie-Elisabeth Hecker), playing of rare intelligence (Martin Helmchen) and awarded the disc a Choc the duo is reunited.
Thomas Larcher - Arnold Schoenberg, Franz Schubert: Klavierstucke (1999)

Thomas Larcher - Arnold Schönberg, Franz Schubert: Klavierstücke (1999)
EAC | FLAC | Tracks (Cue&Log) ~ 162 Mb | Mp3 (CBR320) ~ 155 Mb | Scans included
Genre: Classical | Label: ECM | # ECM New Series 1667, 465 136-2 | 01:04:28

Consummation. This is what the piano music of Arnold Schönberg (1874-1951) and Franz Schubert (1979-1828) have in common, the bridge that Thomas Larcher brings to this welcoming solo recital, his first for ECM. To underscore this point, he shuffles Schönberg’s Klavierstücke op. 11 with Schubert’s posthumous Klavierstücke D 946. By turns halting and didactic, the opening pairing opens into the fresh air of Schubert’s precisely syncopated revelry. The contrasts between the two composers are obvious to the ear, but to the heart Schönberg is an extended exhalation to Schubert’s inhalation. Where Schönberg plots slow, jagged caverns, Schubert runs furtively above ground in the sunshine. Yet both seem so urgent to tell their stories, offering lifelong journeys from relatively young minds.
Arturo Toscanini, NBC Symphony Orchestra - Schubert & Mendelssohn: Symphonies (2CD) (1999)

Arturo Toscanini, NBC Symphony Orchestra - Schubert & Mendelssohn: Symphonies (2CD) (1999)
EAC Rip | FLAC (tracks+.cue, log) ~ 345.19 Mb (CD1) + 355.41 Mb (CD2) + 60.91 Mb (Scans) | 2:25:03
Orchestral | Label: RCA (1950-54)

The main question here is how BMG's new 20-bit remasterings compare to those in their 1990 Toscanini Complete Edition. Both ends of the dynamic spectrum are considerbly opened up, which intensify the Maestro's stinging accents and point up the carefully sculpted cantabile phrasings to an unprecedented degree. I also detect smidgens of artificial reverberation: tastefully applied, but frankly superfluous.
Martin Helmchen, Marie-Elisabeth Hecker & Antje Weithaas - Schubert: Arpeggione Sonata & Trio No. 2 (2017)

Martin Helmchen, Marie-Elisabeth Hecker & Antje Weithaas - Schubert: Arpeggione Sonata & Trio No. 2
Classical | WEB FLAC (tracks) & d. booklet | 73:51 min | 321 MB
Label: Alpha | Tracks: 07 | Rls.date: 2017

Following a first recording on Alpha devoted to Brahms which garnered much praise real duo playing said Gramophone, while Classica discerned shared music making . . . a world full of nuances and subtlety, boundless sonic imagination (Marie-Elisabeth Hecker), playing of rare intelligence (Martin Helmchen) and awarded the disc a Choc the duo is reunited.
Christian Gerhaher - Schubert: Die schöne Müllerin, D. 795 (2017) [Official Digital Download]

Christian Gerhaher - Schubert: Die schöne Müllerin, D. 795 (2017)
FLAC (tracks) 24-bit/48 kHz | Time - 73:32 minutes | 690 MB
Studio Master, Official Digital Download | Artwork: Digital booklet

14 years after his first recording, the acclaimed baritone and "most moving singer of the world" (The Telegraph) turns back to Die schöne Müllerin together with long-time collaborator and pianist: Gerold Huber.
James Ehnes, Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra - Beethoven: Violin Concerto, Romance - Schubert: Romance (2017) [24/96]

James Ehnes, Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra - Beethoven: Violin Concerto, Romance - Schubert: Romance (2017)
FLAC (tracks) 24-bit/96 kHz | Time - 71:17 minutes | 1.18 GB
Studio Master, Official Digital Download | Artwork: Digital booklet

Beethoven’s Violin Concerto represents the supreme challenge for violinists. Far from being a virtuoso display piece, this is chamber music on a large scale, the last and greatest ‘classical’ violin concerto, giving the soloist no place to hide with a solo part that is often very exposed against sparse orchestral accompaniment. A lukewarm reception at the concerto’s premiere in 1806 led to it being forgotten until Joseph Joachim resurrected it in the 1850s and restored to its rightful position as one of the greatest and most popular concertos for the instrument. This is James Ehnes’ first recording of this concerto, and he is supported sensitively by the award winning RLPO and fellow violinist-turned-conductor, Andrew Manze. The combination of soloist, orchestra and conductor on this recording is a dream team. …
Camerata Musica Limburg & Jan Schumacher - Wehmut: The Complete Choral Works for Male Voices by Franz Schubert, Vol. 3 (2017)

Camerata Musica Limburg & Jan Schumacher - Wehmut: The Complete Choral Works for Male Voices by Franz Schubert, Vol. 3
Classical, Vocal | WEB FLAC (tracks) & d. booklet | 60:50 min | 268 MB
Label: Genuin | Tracks: 20 | Rls.date: 2017

It is finally here part three of the complete recordings of Schubert's works for male chorus, a project that the fabulous Camerata Musica Limburg has embarked upon on the Genuin Classics label. Once again, high-profile soloists such as Alison Browner and Christoph Prégardien are rushing in to support the men singing under the direction of Jan Schumacher. There is certainly no better way to weep than with the fantastic music of Schubert in the outstanding performance of this perfectly tuned ensemble. With Schubert, the distance between the lightest pieces doccasion to works of deadly seriousness is not far. An outstanding CD an outstanding series!