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Arthur Schnabel as you’ve never heard him before

The great pianist would tell everyone that he was, first and foremost, a composer. Not many got to hear his music and, if they did, what they heard was the late, atonal stuff – all very amusing to write, no doubt, but a bit unyielding on the ear.

My album of the week on consists of Schnabel’s early music, composed in the decades spanning the first world war. Almost entirely unperformed, it is engaging, often amusing, deeply revealing of the artist’s character. Read more here.


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  1. Keith McCarthy says:

    Norman, several years ago the violinist Christian Tetzlaff did an entire album of Schnabel violin sonatas with Stefan Litwin on Arte Nova that is stunning; engaging and inspiring.

    I am delighted to find out there is a new recording of Schnabel’s music. Thank you for bringing it to our attention.

    • Peter D. Pecere says:


      I have that CD of the violin sonatas. It is a WONDERFUL recording of a GREAT COMPOSER! Thank YOU for writing about it!

      Peter D. Pecere

  2. Daniel Kravetz says:

    For more Schnabel piano music, see Donald Isler’s recording of Seven Pieces and the Dance Suite on Kasp Records.

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