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Penguin Guide, January 2009

The Hungarian pianist JenÅ‘ Jandó with his colleague Zsuzsa Kollar gives a magnetic reading of what by any reckoning is the greatest of all piano duets, Schubert’s haunting F minor Fantasia, with its inspired telescoping of a four-movement structure. With Jandó and partner, nothing distracts one from the beauty of Schubert’s writing, and the lesser pieces, including the dramatic Overture in F and some delectable dances and marches, have comparable freshness, cleanly recorded.





Michael Cookson
MusicWeb International

"Jeno Jando is now the world's best selling pianist and he is joined on this Naxos release by compatriot Zsuzsa Kollar who was a former pupil of his at the Ferenc Liszt Academy of Music, in Budapest. Piano soloists Jeno Jando and Zsuzsa Kollar respond admirably to these works with playing of warmth and intimacy."



Olin Chism
Dallas Morning News and Orlando Sentinel

"Many composers have written piano duets, but the greatest and most consistent was probably Schubert. Only Mozart, who composed fewer, is in his league. Schubert's output may be explained by the fact that he had few opportunities for orchestral performances during his lifetime.

Naxos is releasing a series of CDs devoted to Schubert's piano-duet music. The third volume, with Jeno Jand and Zsuzsa Kollar as the performers, is a good survey of the variety of Schubert's output.

One of the pieces is great: the Fantasy in F minor, D. 940. This 17-minute work approaches the profundity of Schubert's last piano sonatas, with wonderful melodic material and a sense of melancholy lurking under the surface.

The seven smaller pieces are not profound, though they are always tuneful and listenable.

The pianists are solid. Mr. Jando is notable for his many distinguished recordings for Naxos."






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