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Schumann: Wieck Variations, Kreisleriana, Kinderszenen, Toccata / Horowitz

Schumann / Horowitz,Vladimir
Release Date: 09/20/2011 
Label:  Sony   Catalog #: 88697858312   Spars Code: DDD 
Composer:  Robert Schumann
Performer:  Vladimir Horowitz
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
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Notes and Editorial Reviews

Robert Schumann's mercurial creative voice found an interpretive soulmate in Vladimir Horowitz, whose own high-strung temperament and bel canto lyrical bent are nothing if not, well, Schumann-esque. His 1969 Kreisleriana recording remains a point of reference for superbly delineated and infinitely varied textures, perfectly gauged shifts of mood and pace, and quivering harmonic tension in each movement. Even when Horowitz takes rhythmic liberties, such as slightly rushing certain bass notes in the finale, they always seem to enhance rather than pull focus from Schumann's intent. The lovely Clara Wieck Variations have a sense of calm and repose that eluded the pianist in his earlier 1951 RCA version, and are less overtly rhetorical than his Read more later readings.

– Jed Distler, ClassicsToday.com, reviewing Sony 90443
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Works on This Recording

1.
Sonata for Piano no 3 in F minor, Op. 14 "Concert sans orchestre": 4th movement, Quasi variazioni by Robert Schumann
Performer:  Vladimir Horowitz (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1835-1836; Germany 
Length: 7 Minutes 19 Secs. 
Notes: The 4th movement from Sonata No. 3 "Quasi variazioni" is sometimes referred to as the "Clara Wieck Variations" being based on an Andantino melody by Clara Wieck. 
2.
Kreisleriana, Op. 16 by Robert Schumann
Performer:  Vladimir Horowitz (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1838; Germany 
Length: 28 Minutes 17 Secs. 
3.
Kinderszenen, Op. 15 by Robert Schumann
Performer:  Vladimir Horowitz (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1838; Germany 
Length: 15 Minutes 03 Secs. 
4.
Toccata for Piano in C major, Op. 7 by Robert Schumann
Performer:  Vladimir Horowitz (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1829-1832; Germany 
Length: 6 Minutes 21 Secs. 

Featured Sound Samples

Piano Sonata no 3 "Concert sans orchestre": IV. Quasi variazioni "Wieck Variations"
Kreisleriana: VIII. Schnell und spielend

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