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Schumann: "Abegg" Variations; Davidsbundlertanze; Novelletten Nos 2 & 8; "Geistervariationen"

Schumann / Imogen Cooper
Release Date: 09/25/2015 
Label:  Chandos   Catalog #: 10874   Spars Code: DDD 
Composer:  Robert Schumann
Performer:  Imogen Cooper
Number of Discs: 1 
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Notes and Editorial Reviews

This recording is Imogen Cooper’s third Chandos release, following earlier discs of works by Brahms and Robert and Clara Schumann. Ms. Cooper describes Schumann’s Davidsbu?ndlertänze, op. 6 as a “work of stirring beauty and humor that make it one of the great romantic masterpieces for the piano.” The Abegg Variations, op. 1 is “virtuosic, extroverted and charming”; the Geistervariationen, his last composed piano pieces, “introverted and sparse.” Finally, in the two Novelletten, Imogen Cooper desires to reveal what she calls the “hidden narrative filaments to be discovered.”

Review:

Everything Cooper does speaks of long acquaintance and real empathy. Her readings are unfailingly absorbing.

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Works on This Recording

1.
Variations for Piano on an original theme "Geisterthema" by Robert Schumann
Performer:  Imogen Cooper (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1854; Germany 
2.
Theme and Variations for Piano on the name ABEGG, Op. 1 by Robert Schumann
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1829-1830; Germany 
3.
Novelletten (8) for Piano, Op. 21: no 8 in F sharp minor by Robert Schumann
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1838; Germany 
4.
Novelletten (8) for Piano, Op. 21: no 2 in D major by Robert Schumann
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1838; Germany 
5.
Davidsbündlertänze for Piano, Op. 6 by Robert Schumann
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1837; Germany 

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