Even at a very advanced age, the great pianist Paul Badura-Skoda is always good for a surprise: His new CD recording with GENUIN is perhaps one of the most unusual recordings, one of the most daring tonal experiments seen in recent years. Schubert’s final sonata, the wonderful B-flat major, has been recorded by Badura-Skoda, but not just once: It is heard on three different instruments in interpretations which could not be more distinctive from one another: On an 1826 Graf fortepiano (from when the work was composed), a 1923 Bösendorfer and a 2004 Steinway grand. More history and more vibrancy in its presentation could not be packed into a single disc. Superb!
"Austrian pianist Paul Badura-Skoda, born October 6, 1927, has established himself as one of the best-informed interpreters of the piano literature, not only for the precision and clarity of his execution but also for understanding emerging from scholarship of impressive quality."
Review on the Examiner by Stephen Smoliar, 15 January 2013
"It´s a unique project, ... certainly worthwhile for anyone deeply immersed in Schubert, or in Badura-Skoda´s recordings."
Review on Allmusic.com by James Manheim, February 2013
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"He believes that each of the three instruments reveals a different set of musical facets in the piece–and he’s right. This is an essential purchase for any library supporting keyboard pedagogy."
Review on the Baker & Taylor CD Hotlist by Rick Anderson, February 2013
Conrad Graf Fortepiano (c. 1826); Steinway No. 569686 (2004); Bösendorfer No. 23274 (1923)