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To mark the 200th birthday of Robert Schumann in 2010, this new recording includes a unique program of the great German Romantic composer’s late piano works.
This release also marks the 70th birthday of Christoph Eschenbach – one of the great musicians of our times. This CD features him both as pianist and as conductor, together with his long-time musical protégé and close friend, pianist Tzimon Barto.
Together, they perform a new Schumann “piano concerto arrangement”: Eschenbach has coupled his elder compatriot’s concertante rarities Op. 92 and Op. 134, on the model of a three-movement piano concerto, in which the “Geistervariationen” for piano solo take the function of a slow middle movement.
Robert Schumann: Introduction and Allegro appassionato, Op. 92
Introduction and Allegro appassionato, Op. 92
Robert Schumann: Variations on an Original Theme, WoO 24
Variation 2: Kanonisch
Variation 3: Etwas belebter
Robert Schumann: Introduction and Concert Allegro, Op. 134
Introduction and Concert Allegro, Op. 134
Robert Schumann: Studien fur den Pedal-Flugel (Studies for Pedal Piano), Op. 56 (arr. C. Debussy)
No. 1 in C major
No. 2 in A minor
No. 3 in E major
No. 4 in A flat major
No. 5 in B minor
No. 6 in B major
“Eschenbach and Barto make a delightful partnership [in Debussy's arrangement of Six Studies] in another score that does not merit its current neglect.”