As promised in my last week’s post, I’ve compiled a list of recordings and a few books that I find treasurable.  These Schubert pieces for piano four hand are among the greats of the genre, and the books on Schubert and the piano provide terrific insight into piano music, Schubert’s final years during which he created the Fantasia on yesterday’s concert, and a delightful story of A Little Schubert, complete with illustrations and arrangements of Schubert’s waltzes for piano. I hope you all enjoy!

Books:

schubert.jpgA Little Schubert – story and pictures by M. B. Goffstein

Schubert: The Final Years  – by John Reed

Music for the Piano – by James Friskin & Irwin Freundlich

Recordings:

Sonata in C Major, Op. 140 (“Grand Duo”), D. 812 – with Radu Lupu and Daniel Barenboim

Rondo in A Major, Op. 107, D. 951 – with Clare Aebersold and Ralph Neiweem

Variations in A-flat Major on an Original Theme, Op. 35, D. 813 – with  Benjamin Britten and Sviatoslav Richter

Andantino Varié in B Minor on French Motifs, Op. 84, No. 1, D. 823 – with Artur Schnabel and Karl Ulrich Schnabel

Lebensstürme (Storms of Life), Characteristic Allegro in A Minor, Op. 144, D. 947 – Alfred Brendel  and Evelyn Crochet

Fantasia in F Minor, Op. 103, D. 940 – with  Murray Perahia and Radu Lupu

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