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Schumann Piano Works / Annerose Schmidt


Release Date: 07/17/2007 
Label:  Berlin Classics   Catalog #: 1382   Spars Code: ADD 
Composer:  Robert Schumann
Performer:  Annerose Schmidt
Number of Discs: 3 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 3 Hours 29 Mins. 

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Notes and Editorial Reviews



SCHUMANN Davidsbündlertänze. Toccata, op. 7. Carnaval. Kreisleriana. Fantasie, op. 17; Humoreske, op. 20; Faschingsschwank aus Wien. Marsch, op. 76/2 Annerose Schmidt (pn) BERLIN 1382 (3 CDs: 209:00)

Read more /> The distinguished German pianist Annerose Schmidt has been no stranger to the recording studio and readers may recall her fine accounts of some Mozart concertos a few years ago. This Schumann compilation, which includes many of his best piano works, is issued in observance of Schmidt’s 70th birthday, but it derives from recordings made in the 1970s. The sound is generally good, with only the loudest passages coming across as overly bright and close-miked. More to the point, Schmidt’s interpretations are fully competitive with those of many of today’s best Schumann-players, including Andsnes, Désert, Hough, McCawley, and Perahia.


Her easy virtuosity and committed musicianship result in thrilling accounts of ops. 7, 9, and 20. But she is also fully up to the most poetic moments of ops. 6 and 16, finding tempos, nuances, colors, and balances that always sound exactly right. The first movement of op. 17 is passionate and poetic, and in the notoriously difficult coda of the second movement her fast, clean, and very exciting playing sweeps most other contenders aside—and she also manages it without the usual sacrifice of dotted rhythms. In all these works she follows Schumann’s frequent shifts of mood closely and, unlike some players, she doesn’t feel the need to telegraph them ahead of time. In short, spontaneity and musicianship are always in abundant supply, and her imaginative approach makes her account of Carnaval one of the most memorable I have heard in recent years. In this, she plays her own version of “Sphinxes,” making them sound spookier than even Rachmaninoff did, and her “Chiarina” and “Chopin” are delivered in a free, poetic manner while “Paganini” and the finale are played with real élan. There is not a routine moment in her interpretation of this often-played work, nor does it remind me of any other recording. Similarly, her sense of abandon makes Faschingsschwank a complete success. This is an important and highly rewarding reissue, and the excellent booklet notes by the noted German writer Dirk Stöve are a plus.


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Works on This Recording

1.
Phantasie for Piano in C major, Op. 17 by Robert Schumann
Performer:  Annerose Schmidt (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1836-1838; Germany 
Length: 14 Minutes 48 Secs. 
2.
Davidsbündlertänze for Piano, Op. 6 by Robert Schumann
Performer:  Annerose Schmidt (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1837; Germany 
Length: 1 Minutes 59 Secs. 
3.
Kreisleriana, Op. 16 by Robert Schumann
Performer:  Annerose Schmidt (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1838; Germany 
Length: 2 Minutes 18 Secs. 
4.
Humoreske for Piano in B flat major, Op. 20 by Robert Schumann
Performer:  Annerose Schmidt (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1838; Germany 
Length: 5 Minutes 34 Secs. 
5.
Toccata for Piano in C major, Op. 7 by Robert Schumann
Performer:  Annerose Schmidt (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1829-1832; Germany 
Length: 7 Minutes 23 Secs. 
6.
Marches (4) for Piano, Op. 76: no 2 in G minor by Robert Schumann
Performer:  Annerose Schmidt (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1849; Germany 
Length: 4 Minutes 11 Secs. 
7.
Carnaval, Op. 9 by Robert Schumann
Performer:  Annerose Schmidt (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1833-1835; Germany 
Length: 2 Minutes 27 Secs. 
8.
Faschingsschwank aus Wien, Op. 26 by Robert Schumann
Performer:  Annerose Schmidt (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1839-1840; Germany 
Length: 10 Minutes 40 Secs. 

Sound Samples

Fantasie in C major, Op. 17: I. Durchaus phantastisch und leidenschaftlich vorzutragen
Fantasie in C major, Op. 17: II. Massig
Fantasie in C major, Op. 17: III. Langsam getragen
Davidsbundlertanze, Op. 6: No. 1. Lebhaft
Davidsbundlertanze, Op. 6: No. 2. Innig
Davidsbundlertanze, Op. 6: No. 3. Mit Humor
Davidsbundlertanze, Op. 6: No. 4. Ungeduldig
Davidsbundlertanze, Op. 6: No. 5. Einfach
Davidsbundlertanze, Op. 6: No. 6. Sehr rasch
Davidsbundlertanze, Op. 6: No. 7. Nicht schnell
Davidsbundlertanze, Op. 6: No. 8. Frisch
Davidsbundlertanze, Op. 6: No. 9. Lebhaft
Davidsbundlertanze, Op. 6: No. 10. Balladenmassig, sehr rasch
Davidsbundlertanze, Op. 6: No. 11. Einfach
Davidsbundlertanze, Op. 6: No. 12. Mit Humor
Davidsbundlertanze, Op. 6: No. 13. Wild und lustig
Davidsbundlertanze, Op. 6: No. 14. Zart und singend
Davidsbundlertanze, Op. 6: No. 15. Frisch
Davidsbundlertanze, Op. 6: No. 16. Mit gutem Humor
Davidsbundlertanze, Op. 6: No. 17. Wie aus der Ferne
Davidsbundlertanze, Op. 6: No. 18. Nicht schnell
Kreisleriana, Op. 16: I. Ausserst bewegt
Kreisleriana, Op. 16: II. Sehr innig und nicht zu rasch
Kreisleriana, Op. 16: III. Sehr aufgeregt
Kreisleriana, Op. 16: IV. Sehr langsam
Kreisleriana, Op. 16: V. Sehr lebhaft
Kreisleriana, Op. 16: VI. Sehr langsam
Kreisleriana, Op. 16: VII. Sehr rasch
Kreisleriana, Op. 16: VIII. Schnell und spielend
Humoreske in B flat major, Op. 20: I. Einfach: Sehr rasch und leicht - Noch rascher - Ersters Tempo - Wie am Anfang
Humoreske in B flat major, Op. 20: II. Hastig - Nach und nach immer lebhafter und starker - Wie vorher - Adagio
Humoreske in B flat major, Op. 20: III. Einfach und zart: Intermezzo - (Wie vorher) - Innig
Humoreske in B flat major, Op. 20: V. Sehr lebhaft - Mit einigen Pomp - Zum Beschluss - Allegro
Toccata in C major, Op. 7
4 Marches, Op. 76: No. 2 in G minor: Sehr kraftig

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