Label : RCA
Format : Flac (image + cue)
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Badura-Skoda plays Schubert sonatas – 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 pianists 90th birthday, Sony Classical presents 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. A few of the sessions (which were produced by the incomparable Max Wilcox) took place in New York at RCA Recording Studio A, but most were held in the Vienna studios of Westminster Records president James Grayson. Badura-Skoda then was playing on a modern grand piano. In the 1990s, this ever-enterprising artist whose remarkable recording career continues to this day would remake the Schubert cycle using his own fortepianos.

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.

• The first ever release of Paul Badura-Skoda’s legendary Schubert Sonatas cycle for RCA Victor on 12 CDs

• The complete recordings newly remastered from the original analogue masters using 24 bit / 192 kHz technology

• Includes the four Volumes of Sonatas released in September and October 1971 as well as alternate Versions, previously only available in the complete LP edition Victrola VICS-9001, released November 1970

• Booklet with a new essay by the pianist on his special relationship to the works, track listings with full discographical notes

• Facsimile LP sleeves and labels

Tracklist : Paul Badura-Skoda plays Schubert