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Schumann: Kinderszenen, Kreisleriana... / Radu Lupu


Release Date: 01/23/1996 
Label:  Decca   Catalog #: 440496   Spars Code: DDD 
Composer:  Robert Schumann
Performer:  Radu Lupu
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 1 Hours 15 Mins. 

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Notes and Editorial Reviews

As piano playing this disc has an aristocratic distinction reminiscent of Lipatti. As music-making it's underpinned by unselfconscious intuition, making you feel you're discovering the truth of the matter for the first time. It's difficult to recall a more revealing performance of Schumann's Humoreske. Lupu captures all the unpredictability of its swift-changing moods while at the same time imparting a sense of inevitability to the sequence as a whole. Florestan's caprice is as piquant as Eusebius's tenderness is melting.Yet there's an underlying unity in the diversity from Lupu, enhanced by most beautifully timed and shaded 'links'. Goodness knows how long this work has been in his repertory. But here it emerges with the keen edge of new Read more love.

Next, Kinderszenen: simplicity is its keynote. To begin with (as notably in the opening 'Von fremden Ländern und Menschen') you wonder if, in rejection of sentimentality, he might not be allowing himself enough time for wide-eyed wonderment. But you're soon won over by his limpid tonal palette and the sheer purity of his phrasing. Each piece tells its own magical little tale without the slightest trace of special pleading. Such pristine grace will never pall, however often heard.

Kreisleriana in its turn offers rich contrasts of desperation, dedication and Hoffmannesque drollery. And except, perhaps, in the impetuous No 7 (taken dangerously fast), it brings further reminders that we're in the presence of a master pianist – among so much else able to rejoice in this work's endless dialogues between left hand and right with his opulent bass and gleaming treble. Reproduction is totally faithful throughout.

– Gramophone Classical Music Guide Read less

Works on This Recording

1.
Humoreske for Piano in B flat major, Op. 20 by Robert Schumann
Performer:  Radu Lupu (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1838; Germany 
Date of Recording: 01/1993 
Venue:  Châtonneyre Hall, Corseaux, Switzerland 
Length: 25 Minutes 57 Secs. 
2.
Kinderszenen, Op. 15 by Robert Schumann
Performer:  Radu Lupu (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1838; Germany 
Date of Recording: 01/1993 
Venue:  Châtonneyre Hall, Corseaux, Switzerland 
Length: 16 Minutes 25 Secs. 
3.
Kreisleriana, Op. 16 by Robert Schumann
Performer:  Radu Lupu (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1838; Germany 
Date of Recording: 01/1993 
Venue:  Châtonneyre Hall, Corseaux, Switzerland 
Length: 32 Minutes 13 Secs. 

Sound Samples

Humoreske, Op.20: Einfach - Sehr rasch und leicht
Humoreske, Op.20: 3. Hastig
Humoreske, Op.20: Einfach und zart - Intermezzo
Humoreske, Op.20: 6. Innig
Humoreske, Op.20: 7. Sehr lebhaft
Humoreske, Op.20: 8. Finale
Kinderszenen, Op.15: 1. Von fremden Ländern und Menschen
Kinderszenen, Op.15: 2. Kuriöse Geschichte
Kinderszenen, Op.15: 3. Hasche-Mann
Kinderszenen, Op.15: 4. Bittendes Kind
Kinderszenen, Op.15: 5. Glückes genug
Kinderszenen, Op.15: 6. Wichtige Begebenheit
Kinderszenen, Op.15: 7. Träumerei
Kinderszenen, Op.15: 8. Am Kamin
Kinderszenen, Op.15: 9. Ritter vom Steckenpferd
Kinderszenen, Op.15: 10. Fast zu ernst
Kinderszenen, Op.15: 11. Fürchtenmachen
Kinderszenen, Op.15: 12. Kind im Einschlummern
Kinderszenen, Op.15: 13. Der Dichter spricht
Kreisleriana, Op.16: 1. Äusserst bewegt
Kreisleriana, Op.16: 2. Sehr innig und nicht zu rasch - Intermezzo I (Sehr lebhaft) - Tempo I - Intermezzo II (Etwas bewegter) - Tempo I
Kreisleriana, Op.16: 3. Sehr aufgeregt
Kreisleriana, Op.16: 4. Sehr langsam
Kreisleriana, Op.16: 5. Sehr lebhaft
Kreisleriana, Op.16: 6. Sehr langsam
Kreisleriana, Op.16: 7. Sehr rasch
Kreisleriana, Op.16: 8. Schnell und spielend

Customer Reviews

Average Customer Review:  2 Customer Reviews )
 Beautiful collection of Lupu's Schumann August 23, 2014 By Gail M. (Goleta, CA) See All My Reviews "Radu Lupu's performances of these early Schumann pieces project the contrasting moods of these wonderful pieces. Sometimes dreamy and introverted, sometimes turbulent, sometimes optimistic, this music reflects the full blooom of the Romantic movement. It is hard to imagine these peices played any better, and the sound of the piano and the recordings are fine. This disk is well filled with a playing time nearly an hour and a quarter." Report Abuse
 for repeated listening August 8, 2014 By D. McArthur (Gretna, LA) See All My Reviews "You probably will not tire of this disc. Aristocratic playing and beautiful sound invites repeated listening. Indeed, you may feel compelled to do so as this is not a superficial reading of Schumann!" Report Abuse
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