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Michael Ullman
Fanfare, May 2013

…this one is a delight. The Sonata in B♭ is…an elegant, balanced work…This beautifully played recording is appealing for the musicality of the performers and for its mix of relatively well-known and lesser-known material. © 2013 Fanfare Read complete review



David Denton
David's Review Corner, December 2012

You show your age if you can recall the beginning of this Naxos series of Schubert’s ‘Piano Works for Four Hands’, this issue being its sixth volume. Music in the home was growing fast as the upper middle-class in the 19th century found more people owning a piano, the talents of two pianists at one keyboard spreading the technical requirements, with even those of modest attainments able to create a fulsome sound. Yet that was all in the future when Schubert composed these works for the wealthy to play within their own surroundings. If you are just coming to this part of Schubert’s output, don’t expect them to be among his more profound creations. Indeed the marches are at times rather commonplace, and even the Sonata—composed in 1818, the same year as the Rondo—cannot be counted among his major output. John Humphreys is among the father figures of British pianists and here combines with a pianist, Robert Markham, who has come to our attention in the BBC’s ‘Young Musician of the Year’ Competition. They gel very nicely and possess that unaffected approach which allows the music to emerge unfettered by superfluous interpretation. The sound is clear and very realistic in a pleasing ambiance.






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