Schumann: Fantasy In C, Papillons, Etc / Sviatoslav Richter
Emi Classics Encore
Number of Discs:
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.
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
Works on This Recording
Papillons, Op. 2 by Robert Schumann
Sviatoslav Richter (Piano)
Written: 1829-1831; Germany
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."
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!"