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Schumann: Fantasy In C, Papillons, Etc / Sviatoslav Richter

Release Date: 08/19/2003 
Label:  Emi Classics Encore Catalog #: 75233   Spars Code: ADD 
Composer:  Robert Schumann
Performer:  Sviatoslav Richter
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 1 Hours 7 Mins. 

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Notes and Editorial Reviews

The Papillons and Faschingsschwank aus Wien make up two-thirds of the original 1962 EMI all-Schumann release "Richter in Italy". The final third, Schumann's Second Sonata, is replaced here by Richter's 1961 studio recording of the same composer's C major Fantasie. I've long blown hot and cold about this performance. On one hand, Richter monkeys around with many of Schumann's explicit tempo, phrasing, and dynamic markings. His wide berth of tempo fluctuations in the central March movement, for example, trivializes the music's symphonic contours and cumulative power. On the other hand, the pianism boasts such concentration, control, and beauty of sound that you come away mesmerized, and totally seduced.

By contrast,
Read more the Papillons are scrupulously detailed and proceed from one little piece to another with drama and sweep a-plenty. True, you don't get Kempff's subtle dabs of color or Cortot's winsome rubatos, but you probably knew that already. 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. At EMI's budget asking price, you can't go wrong.

– Jed Distler, ClassicsToday.com
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Works on This Recording

Phantasie for Piano in C major, Op. 17 by Robert Schumann
Performer:  Sviatoslav Richter (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1836-1838; Germany 
Faschingsschwank aus Wien, Op. 26 by Robert Schumann
Performer:  Sviatoslav Richter (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1839-1840; Germany 
Papillons, Op. 2 by Robert Schumann
Performer:  Sviatoslav Richter (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1829-1831; Germany 

Customer Reviews

Average Customer Review:  2 Customer Reviews )
 Outstanding. September 16, 2012 By DR J W. (WOORI YALLOCK, VIC) See All My Reviews "Richter is a master pianist in many disciplines, and is well known for his Schumann interpretations. He has marvellous tone colours, and flexible moods and phrases, exhibited here. For some he may be a little forceful, but ths seems to suit the composer. A high recommendation." Report Abuse
 Loss for Words September 15, 2012 By Robert Elden (New York, NY) See All My Reviews "What is there to say about Sviatoslav Richter that hasn't already been said? Superb....sublime.....exciting.....beautiful heartfelt expression and sensitivity. This is a great album that belongs in everyones CD collection of piano music!" Report Abuse
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