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Stephen D Chakwin Jr
American Record Guide, April 2002

"Schnabel's Brahms is forward-moving without being edgy and expressive without being undignified. There are other ways to play this piece ... but none that are more true to the spirit of this music... The Schumann pieces will shock sentimentalists... these are serious readings in the best sense of the word -- strong, forthright, and tender as required... [Schnabel] brings the eloquence, though not the formality, of his Beethoven playing to bear, and it is simple and sublime... Both have been superbly remastered... At Naxos's price, this is hard to pass up."

Turok’s Choice, April 2002

"In the Brahms, Schnabel's approach to the work's intricate rhythms - highly articulated in a context of extreme technical clarity - was, for its time, very unusual, which probably accounts for the legendary status of this recording. The accompaniment, by Adrian Boult and the BBC symphony, is superb. The Schumann work, which is also subjected to the pianist's crisp rhythmic treatment, sometimes seems a bit incoherent, but Traumerei is masterfully, and most movingly, played."

Roger Dettmer

"...[T]his Brahms remains very much as I first knew it, without 78-side breaks of course, or surface noise: Obert-Thorn has performed another act of sonic prestidigitation, so often by now that we tend to take him for granted. "

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