Schumann: Piano Concerto in A minor, Op. 54

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Martha Argerich & Gidon Kremer

Martha Argerich & Gidon Kremer


Schumann:

Piano Concerto in A minor, Op. 54

Martha Argerich (piano)

Violin Concerto in D minor, WoO 23

Gidon Kremer (violin)


“In her live recording of the Piano Concerto Martha Argerich gives a vividly compelling, characteristically volatile reading, at once poetic and full of fancy, powerful and often wildly individual… one wants to cheer at the end so freely does the adrenalin flow… this remains an inspirational account that is hard to resist” The Penguin Guide ***

“Argerich combines phenomenal pianism with temperamental intensity, although at times she overwhelms Schumann's lyricism. Gidon Kremer gives a richly characterised account of the Violin Concerto.” BBC Music Magazine, August 2009 ****

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Grieg & Schumann - Piano Concertos

Grieg & Schumann - Piano Concertos


Grieg:

Piano Concerto in A minor, Op. 16

Schumann:

Piano Concerto in A minor, Op. 54


“Thoroughly musical performances, with lovely playing from soloist and orchestra, and reliable and engaging interpretations. In the final analysis, however, they are perhaps a shade too generalised.” BBC Music Magazine, February 2009 ****

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Schumann - Piano Concerto

Schumann - Piano Concerto


Schumann:

Piano Concerto in A minor, Op. 54

Fantasiestücke, Op. 12


Florian Henschel (piano)

The concerto for solo piano has always remained something of an enigma amongst Schumann’s piano works. Various editions of the work exist in libraries and museums around the world. The version used on this recording is taken from the original version of the autographed score now housed in the British Library. A fascinating and rarely heard work played with assured passion and dedication by Florian Henschel.

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Dinu Lipatti plays Grieg, Schumann & Lipatti

Dinu Lipatti plays Grieg, Schumann & Lipatti


Grieg:

Piano Concerto in A minor, Op. 16

rec. 1947

Philharmonia Orchestra, Alceo Galliera

Lipatti:

Concertino en style classique, Op. 3

rec. 1943

Berlin CO, Hans von Benda

Schumann:

Piano Concerto in A minor, Op. 54

rec. 1948

Philharmonia Orchestra, Herbert von Karajan


Dinu Lipatti (piano)

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Brahms: Symphony No. 3 in F major, Op. 90, etc.

Brahms:

Symphony No. 3 in F major, Op. 90

Schumann:

Piano Concerto in A minor, Op. 54

Strauss, R:

Till Eulenspiegels lustige Streiche, Op. 28


Live Recording 1955

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Schumann: Piano Concerto in A minor, Op. 54

Schumann: Piano Concerto in A minor, Op. 54

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Recorded live at the Gewandhaus zu Leipzig, 1-2 June 2006

“There's more virtuoso vision in Martha Argerich's Schumann… the performance glows with muscular certainty and fervour (Chailly's contribution no less inspirational).” BBC Music Magazine, March 2008 ****

“Riccardo Chailly seems wildly demonstrative by comparison. Every melodic twist and harmonic turn in this programme is reflected in his face. It's fun to watch - and, more importantly, it appears to work wonders. The Leipzig Gewandhaus Orchestra respond with an ideal blend of tonal warmth and textural clarity.” Gramophone Magazine, April 2008

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Great Pianists - Claudio Arrau

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1939-1946 Recordings


Schumann:

Piano Concerto in A minor, Op. 54

Recorded 4th December, 1944 in the Masonic Temple, Detroit

Detroit Symphony Orchestra, Karl Krueger

Carnaval, Op. 9

Recorded 3rd and 4th April, 1939 in EMI Abbey Road Studio No. 3, London

Strauss, R:

Burleske for Piano and orchestra in D minor, AV85

Recorded 13th April, 1946 in Orchestra Hall, Chicago

Chicago Symphony Orchestra, Désiré Defauw


The 1939 recording of Schumann’s Carnaval is one of Arrau’s finest recordings. A contemporary reviewer stated that, “This magnificent recording shows convincingly that Carnaval is one of the masterpieces of piano literature and that Arrau is a great pianist… The recording itself is of the highest quality, better far than any record previously made by Arrau, and the performance – as I ought to have made clear by now – is of supreme artistic value and completely satisfying in every respect.”

Richard Strauss’s Burleske was recorded at a morning session on 13th April 1946 at Orchestra Hall in Chicago, followed immediately by Weber’s Konzertstück (Naxos 8.111263). The 1944 recording of Schumann’s Piano Concerto was recorded in one session of one hour and 45 minutes, with the first side of the second movement and both sides of the last movement done in single takes.

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Walter Gieseking plays Beethoven, Debussy & Schumann

Walter Gieseking plays Beethoven, Debussy & Schumann


Bach, J S:

Partita No. 1 in B flat major, BWV825

Recording: Stockholm Concert Hall, Sweden, 23 October 1948

Beethoven:

Piano Concerto No. 4 in G major, Op. 58

Recording: Funkhaus, Saal 1, WDR Cologne: 14 September 1953

Joseph Keilberth

Debussy:

La plus que lente

Recording: Stockholm Concert Hall, Sweden, 23 October 1948

Danse - Tarantelle styrienne

Recording: Stockholm Concert Hall, Sweden, 23 October 1948

Ravel:

Jeux d'eau

Recording: Stockholm Concert Hall, Sweden, 23 October 1948

Schumann:

Piano Concerto in A minor, Op. 54

Recording: 8 January 1951

Günter Wand


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Grieg & Schumann: Piano Concertos

Grieg & Schumann: Piano Concertos


Grieg:

Piano Concerto in A minor, Op. 16

Schumann:

Piano Concerto in A minor, Op. 54


“It was the Grieg Concerto that first made the name of Leif Ove Andsnes on disc in 1990. The interpretation remains broadly the same, except that speeds are now rather brisker. However many times he's performed the Grieg, Andsnes retains a freshness and expressiveness that always sounds spontaneous.
That inspirational quality is more markedly perceptible with the new version's faster tempos, but the expressive flights remain just as broad. In that contrast, he's firmly supported by Jansons and the Berlin Philharmonic, with playing not just refined but dramatic too in fiercely exciting tuttis. Schumann's cello melodies are gloriously warm, with textures in both works admirably clear, and Andsnes fully responds to Schumann's espressivo and ritardando requests.
Though both Stephen Kovacevich and Murray Perahia are equally spontaneous, they tend not to be quite so free in their expressive flights; EMI's finely balanced digital sound and the playing of the Berlin Philharmonic are also in this version's favour. Andsnes also offers slightly faster basic speeds than his rivals; particularly enjoyable is the free-flowing tempo for the central Andantino grazioso of the Schumann, which you'd never mistake for a simple Andante.”
Gramophone Classical Music Guide, 2010

“His virtuosity is commanding but it is never at the expense of tenderness and poetic feeling. The performane, recorded live in Berlin, is ever spontaneous-sounding with soaring flights of the imagination.” Penguin Guide, 2011 edition

Penguin Guide

Rosette Winner

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Mozart & Schumann: Piano Concertos

Mozart & Schumann: Piano Concertos


Mozart:

Piano Concerto No. 24 in C minor, K491

Cadenza: Evgeny Kissin (No cadenza for the C minor Concerto has come down to us from Mozart’s hand. Soloists are thus left with the choice of using cadenzas written for the work by such composers as Saint-Saëns, or of playing one of their own devising, and in this recorded performance Evgeny Kissin follows the latter course.)

Schumann:

Piano Concerto in A minor, Op. 54


“Evgeny Kissin provides a very individual yet compelling view of Mozart's C minor Concerto. Kissin is not afraid to use the full dynamic range and tonal colouring of the modern piano, yet manages to make any slight fluctuation in tempo sound entirely natural and unmannered. Kissin recorded the Schumann Concerto with Giulini and the Vienna Philharmonic on Sony in the early 1990s, but this performance seems far more musically involving, Davis and the LSO responding with incisiveness to the many passages where piano and orchestra share the musical dialogue.” BBC Music Magazine, September 2007 *****

“Evgeny Kissin: truly one of the elite” Gramophone Magazine

BBC Music Magazine

Orchestral Choice - September 2007

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