Schumann: Piano Concerto in A minor, Op. 54

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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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Maria João Pires - With Passion

Maria João Pires - With Passion


Chopin:

Nocturne No. 7 in C sharp minor, Op. 27 No. 1

Nocturne No. 8 in D flat major, Op. 27 No. 2

Nocturne No. 15 in F minor, Op. 55 No. 1

Nocturne No. 16 in E flat major, Op. 55 No. 2

Mozart:

Piano Sonata No. 12 in F major, K332

Piano Concerto No. 23 in A major, K488

live recording

Mozarteum Orchestra, Frans Brüggen

Schubert:

Klavierstücke (3), D946

Schumann:

Piano Concerto in A minor, Op. 54

Chamber Orchestra of Europe, Claudio Abbado


DG - E4776607

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Sviatoslav Richter Archives, Volume 13

Sviatoslav Richter Archives, Volume 13


Schumann:

Piano Concerto in A minor, Op. 54

Live Performance, Moscow, April 17, 1958

USSR State Orchestra, George Georgescu

Paganini Studien, Op. 10 (extracts)

Nos. 4, 5, 6. Live Performance, Takasaki, October 16, 1986

Märchenbilder (4), Op. 113

Live Performance, Moscow, December 13, 1985

with Yuri Bashmet (viola)

Fantasiestücke, Op. 73

3 pieces. Live Performance, Tours, July 3, 1969

with Pierre Fournier (cello)


Doremi Legendary Treasures Sviatoslav Richter Archives - DHR7892

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Beethoven: Symphony No. 4 in B flat major, Op. 60, etc.

Beethoven:

Symphony No. 4 in B flat major, Op. 60

Live recording: Berlin, 27.06.1943

Schumann:

Piano Concerto in A minor, Op. 54

Live recording: Berlin, 01.03.1942

Walter Gieseking (piano)


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Tchaikovsky Symphony No. 5 & Schumann Piano Concerto

Tchaikovsky Symphony No. 5 & Schumann Piano Concerto


Schumann:

Piano Concerto in A minor, Op. 54

Alfred Cortot (piano)

RIAS Symphony Orchestra

Tchaikovsky:

Symphony No. 5 in E minor, Op. 64

Berlin Radio Symphony Orchestra


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Schumann & Brahms: Piano Concertos

Schumann & Brahms: Piano Concertos


Brahms:

Piano Concerto No. 1 in D minor, Op. 15

Schumann:

Piano Concerto in A minor, Op. 54


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Schumann: Piano Concerto

Schumann: Piano Concerto


Schumann:

Piano Concerto in A minor, Op. 54

Introduction & Allegro appassionato in G major, Op. 92

Introduction and Allegro Op. 134


Naxos Selection - 8571060

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