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Schumann 200th Anniversary - Piano Music


Release Date: 06/29/2010 
Label:  Warner Classics   Catalog #: 09047   Spars Code: DDD 
Composer:  Robert Schumann
Performer:  Jean-Philippe CollardChristian ZachariasArturo Benedetti MichelangeliLeif Ove Andsnes,   ... 
Number of Discs: 6 
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Notes and Editorial Reviews

"Collard's technical polish and subtle nuances of touch lend interest to the Symphonic Etudes. His tasteful rubato and variegated articulation strike an ideal balance between Variation II's Marcato and Canto directives, while other details worth mentioning include Variation IX's super-supple fast chords and the uncommon clarity of Variation XI's rumbling figurations... Collard's straightforward sensitivity in the Op. 5 Impromptus (actually a variation set) makes the music sound more interesting than it actually is, and plays up its premonitions of Schumann works to come (the Op. 7 Toccata, for instance)."
-- Jed Distler, ClassicsToday.com [reviewing Jean-Philippe Collard playing Schumann, Read more href="http://www.arkivmusic.com/classical/album.jsp?album_id=57938">EMI 75281]

"Schumann was a mere 25 when writing his First Piano Sonata... [Andsnes'] recording is one of the most refreshing I’ve ever heard in its youthful lightness of heart... With fastish tempo and delectably light, scintillating fingerwork he dances through the first movement’s sometimes all-too-persistent fandango rhythm... The Fantasie, completed just three years later, comes across with arrestingly impulsive immediacy... [H]is acute response to every passing innuendo makes the finale a truly moving human confession... [T]he tone-quality of the recording matches the distinction of the playing."
-- Joan Chissell, Gramophone [reviewing Leif Ove Andsnes playing the Fantasie and Piano Sonata no 1, EMI 56414]

"Like Richter, [Youri] Egorov not only nails the thorny Toccata with easy authority but also honors the composer's wish to loudly recap the main theme, a marking many pianists ignore."
-- Jed Distler, ClassicsToday.com

"Richter's technical and musical strengths awesomely coalesce in the Faschingsschwank aus Wien. The pianist's piston-like rhythm, supple fingerwork, and exuberant temperament bring out all the inherent vibrancy and disquiet passion lurking beneath Schumann's mealy textures, while the pianist's singular legato spins to poignant ends in the slow movement."
-- Jed Distler, ClassicsToday.com [reviewing Richter playing Schumann, EMI 75233]

"'Aristocratic' was the adjective that immediately came to mind on this, my first encounter with the German pianist, Lars Vogt, second prize-winner at the 1990 Leeds International Competition. Throughout the disc fingers of truly prize-winning distinction are at the service of an acutely perceptive mind and a heart capable of intensity of feeling though never worn on the sleeve."
-- Joan Chissell, Gramophone [5/1996, reviewing Lars Vogt playing Kreisleriana]

"Schumann-playing on an exalted level with performances of all three works that bear comparison with the finest."
-- Jeremy Nicholas, Gramophone [reviewing Jonathan Biss playing Schumann, EMI 65391]
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Works on This Recording

1.
Theme and Variations for Piano on the name ABEGG, Op. 1 by Robert Schumann
Performer:  Jean-Philippe Collard (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1829-1830; Germany 
2.
Symphonic Etudes for Piano, Op. 13 by Robert Schumann
Performer:  Jean-Philippe Collard (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1837/1852; Germany 
3.
Romances (3) for Piano, Op. 28 by Robert Schumann
Performer:  Jean-Philippe Collard (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1839; Germany 
4.
Impromptus (10) on a theme by Clara Schumann, Op. 5 by Robert Schumann
Performer:  Jean-Philippe Collard (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1833; Germany 
5.
Papillons, Op. 2 by Robert Schumann
Performer:  Christian Zacharias (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1829-1831; Germany 
6.
Davidsbündlertänze for Piano, Op. 6 by Robert Schumann
Performer:  Christian Zacharias (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1837; Germany 
7.
Kinderszenen, Op. 15 by Robert Schumann
Performer:  Christian Zacharias (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1838; Germany 
8.
Carnaval, Op. 9 by Robert Schumann
Performer:  Arturo Benedetti Michelangeli (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1833-1835; Germany 
9.
Album für die Jugend, Op. 68: no 38, Winterszeit no 1 by Robert Schumann
Performer:  Arturo Benedetti Michelangeli (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1848; Germany 
10.
Album für die Jugend, Op. 68: no 37, Matrosenlied by Robert Schumann
Performer:  Arturo Benedetti Michelangeli (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1848; Germany 
11.
Album für die Jugend, Op. 68: no 39, Winterszeit no 2 by Robert Schumann
Performer:  Arturo Benedetti Michelangeli (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1848; Germany 
12.
Sonata for Piano no 3 in F minor, Op. 14 "Concert sans orchestre" by Robert Schumann
Performer:  Jean-Philippe Collard (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1835-1836; Germany 
13.
Sonata for Piano no 1 in F sharp minor, Op. 11 by Robert Schumann
Performer:  Leif Ove Andsnes (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1832-1835; Germany 
14.
Phantasie for Piano in C major, Op. 17 by Robert Schumann
Performer:  Leif Ove Andsnes (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1836-1838; Germany 
15.
Toccata for Piano in C major, Op. 7 by Robert Schumann
Performer:  Youri Egorov (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1829-1832; Germany 
16.
Sonata for Piano no 2 in G minor, Op. 22 by Robert Schumann
Performer:  Sviatoslav Richter (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1833-1838; Germany 
17.
Faschingsschwank aus Wien, Op. 26 by Robert Schumann
Performer:  Sviatoslav Richter (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1839-1840; Germany 
18.
Intermezzi (6) for Piano, Op. 4 by Robert Schumann
Performer:  Alexander Lonquich (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1832; Germany 
19.
Gesänge der Frühe (5) for Piano, Op. 133 by Robert Schumann
Performer:  Alexander Lonquich (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1853; Germany 
20.
Kreisleriana, Op. 16 by Robert Schumann
Performer:  Lars Vogt (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1838; Germany 
21.
Bunte Blätter for Piano, Op. 99 by Robert Schumann
Performer:  Lars Vogt (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1838-1849; Germany 
22.
Arabeske for Piano in C major, Op. 18 by Robert Schumann
Performer:  Jonathan Biss (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1838; Germany 

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