, July 2017
Michael Endres’ Schubert Impromptus come close to reference standards for technical refinement, perceptive musicianship, and idiomatic sense of style in a splendidly engineered recording that originates from Cologne Radio. …Endres largely adheres to a brisk steady tempo, using rubato with the utmost discretion, and makes interpretive points through articulation, color, and balance.
D. 935’s Impromptus similarly operate on a high level. Again, Endres manages to give specific character to the opening F minor’s contrasting sections while maintainng a unifying metric trajectory (metronomic, never). …Endres wisely varies his touch, bringing a welcome and expressively relevant diamond edge to the accented chords.
The B-flat Theme and Variations Impromptu receives a lovely, flexible reading.
Endres resists the fashionable temptation to probe the C minor Allegretto and the B minor Hungarian Melody for hidden profundities, and also plays the A major Andante and the Kupelwieser Waltz with simplicity and directness. © 2017 Classicstoday.com Read complete review