Schumann: Piano Concerto in A minor, Op. 54

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Van Cliburn plays Schumann & Brahms

Van Cliburn plays Schumann & Brahms

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Brahms:

Piano Concerto No. 2 in B flat major, Op. 83

Schumann:

Piano Concerto in A minor, Op. 54


The origins of these live 1960 performances lie inevitably in Van Cliburn’s legendary triumph in Moscow’s inaugural Tchaikovsky International Piano Competition in 1958, a time when competitions still mattered. Relatively few in number, one event did not dilute the impact of another. Yet if in those early days of, say, major competitions in Warsaw and Brussells winners were catapulted to international stardom, the 1958 Tchaikovsky Competition was altogether exceptional. Created to display the superiority of Russian talent it was won by an American pianist whose massive technique, warmth, lustrous tone (“not kalaidoscopically varied, but invariably round, burnished and unforced”) made any alternative vote an impossibility. Jury (including Shostakovich, Kabalevsky, Richter and Gilels) and audience united in celebration of a pianist “more Russian than the Russians” and never more so that in his performances of Tchaikovsky and Rachmaninov. As the late Irina Zaritskaya, in the audience at the time and herself a major prize-winner put it, “for us Russians his way with what we considered our music was uncanny. Such grandeur, romantic warmth and empathy. He came close to sentimentality but never quite crossed the line. His playing had an extraordinary nobility and you can’t even imagine the furore he caused. His playing is still endlessly discussed in Russia.” Outsize acclaim followed and Cliburn returned to America to be fêted in a style unknown since the days of Liszt and Paderewski. Such celebrity, such sudden fame and fortune, has its dangers. To relish such lavish acknowledgement is understandable, but so is the need to grow and enrich even the most remarkable talent. Cliburn’s repertoire of largely standard works failed to expand and within too short a time the strains of endless touring, of prolonged stays in foreign and alien surroundings, to say nothing of sniping comments by colleagues envious of his fame, took their toll. Tired and disillusioned, missing his family and friends, Cliburn took a sabbatical that extended for many years. Judgements such as “I consider him to have been ethically defective as an artist. He never took it seriously that he had a pair of miraculous hands. I think that when his instincts could take him no further, he didn’t make the effort to buttress instinct with conscious understanding” must have hurt an essentially innocent nature. Later cocooned in Fort Worth, Texas, he remained unknowable (“he walks, stands with a sheath of reserve so thick you could cut it with a Bowie knife”) and certainly my own conversations with Cliburn many years ago in both Dallas and London rarely penetrated beyond a persona at once natural and calculated. Warm, charming, outwardly easy-going and with a wacky Texan sense of humour he made for delightful company, but I came away puzzled by a man who stayed so resolutely on the surface of things (“Oh, I’m so personal that I would never let anybody know what I like or dislike”). Did he end like Eileen Joyce, a similary ill-fated over-exposed pianist, whose early brilliance and glamour ended with the bleak opinion, “I’ve had an odd life. I haven’t liked it much.”?

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Schumann: Piano Concerto in A Minor

Schumann: Piano Concerto in A Minor


Schumann:

Piano Concerto in A minor, Op. 54

Introduction & Allegro appassionato in G major, Op. 92

Introduction and Allegro Op. 134

Schumann, Clara:

Konzertsatz in F minor


A truly remarkable recording from the Russian pianist Oleg Marshev, containing his first recording of music by Robert Schumann. This release continues the highly acclaimed series with the brilliant Danish orchestra from South Jutland. The CD also includes a rarely recorded Clara Schumann concerto.

“Marshev and Ziva set off at a cracking pace in the concerto and bring a welcome lightness of touch to the work as a whole...these fine performances elevate [the two Allegros] beyond their merely musicological interest.” Classic FM Magazine, January 2011 ****

“[The Clara Schumann] is played with much spirit and so, too, are Robert's piano-orchestral Opp 92 and 134...On more familiar territory in the A minor Concerto, Marshev keeps everything smartly on the move...The orchestra under Vladimir Ziva provides enthusiastic if at times tub-thumping partnerships” Gramophone Magazine, February 2011

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Cyprien Katsaris Archives Volume 16: Schumann II

Cyprien Katsaris Archives Volume 16: Schumann II


Schumann:

Piano Concerto in A minor, Op. 54

Japan Philharmonic Orchestra, Cristian Mandeal

Albumblatter, Op. 124

Variations (Impromptus) on a Theme by Clara Wieck, Op. 5


These are live performances of Schumann’s Piano Concerto, Albumblätter Op.124 and Variations on a Theme by Clara Wieck from Grande Sonata Op.14. The concerto was recorded in Tokyo in 1994, Albumblätter in Munich in 1980 and the Variations in Liège Belgium in 1977.

“The bait here is the Albumblatter, Op. 124...[Katsaris] is a notable explorer of the byways of the repertoire and here, in the Albumblatter, he captures all of the Scherzino's wildness or the crazed flight of the Phantasietanz. His energy and enthusiasm also extend to the Variations on a Theme by Clara Wieck.” Gramophone Magazine, January 2011

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Schumann: Complete Works for Piano and Orchestra

Schumann: Complete Works for Piano and Orchestra


Schumann:

Konzertsatz in D minor

Abegg Variations, Op. 1

Piano Concerto in A minor, Op. 54

Introduction & Allegro appassionato in G major, Op. 92

Introduction and Allegro Op. 134


Florian Uhlig (piano)

Deutsche Radio Philharmonie, Christoph Poppen

Uhlig’s playing is marked by curiosity for all facets of music. His previous Schumann CD (HAEN 98603) was very well received; “Florian Uhlig fairly bristles with musicianship” BBC Music Magazine.

“Effectively, this single disc gathers together Schumann's viable piano-orchestral works...It may be invidious to compare Uhlig's Concerto with countless great recordings of the past but his advocacy of the shorter works is more than welcome and augurs well as his Schumann survey continues.” Gramophone Magazine, March 2011

“Florian Uhlig plays both [the Abegg and the Konzertsatz] with obvious dedication and requisite bravura, and the recently formed German Radio Philharmonie Saarbrücken Kaiserlauten seems to acquit itself well under conductor Christoph Poppen.” International Record Review, December 2010

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Schumann: Piano Concerto and Solo Piano Works

Schumann: Piano Concerto and Solo Piano Works


Schumann:

Waldszenen, Op. 82

Piano Concerto in A minor, Op. 54

Warsaw National Philharmonic Orchestra, Witold Rowicki

Fantasiestücke, Op. 12

March in G minor, Op. 76, No. 2

Toccata in C major, Op. 7

Novelette, Op. 21 No. 1 in F major

Introduction & Allegro appassionato in G major, Op. 92

Warsaw National Philharmonic Orchestra, Stanislaw Wislocki


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Alfred Cortot plays Schumann, Chopin & Ravel

Alfred Cortot plays Schumann, Chopin & Ravel

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Chopin:

Piano Concerto No. 2 in F minor, Op. 21

London Philharmonic Orchestra, John Barbirolli

Ravel:

Piano Concerto in D major (for the left hand)

Paris Conservatoire Orchestra, Charles Munch

Schumann:

Piano Concerto in A minor, Op. 54

London Philharmonic Orchestra, Sir Landon Ronald


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Louis Lortie plays Schumann & Chopin

Louis Lortie plays Schumann & Chopin


Chopin:

Piano Concerto No. 2 in F minor, Op. 21

Schumann:

Piano Concerto in A minor, Op. 54


The popular coupling of Schumann’s Piano Concerto in A minor and Chopin’s Piano Concerto No. 2 in F minor, Op. 21, featuring Louis Lortie as the soloist, is here re-issued on Chandos Classics.

On the original release, CD Review wrote of the performance of Schumann’s Concerto: ‘…his playing is thrillingly imaginative and I cannot recall ever having heard the Finale sound so physically exciting as it does here.’ About the performance of Chopin’s F minor Concerto, the reviewer noted: ‘Lortie produces a scintillating reading which resounds in the mind long after the music has ceased.’

The Philharmonia Orchestra is conducted by Neeme Järvi.

“A very rewarding listen, with beautiful touch from Louis Lortie. Neeme Järvi controls a halo of whisper-soft strings in the Chopin.” BBC Music Magazine, October 2010 ****

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Annie Fischer, Volume 1

Annie Fischer, Volume 1


Beethoven:

Piano Concerto No. 1 in C Major, Op. 15

Hungarian Radio Symphony Orchestra, Peter Mura

Piano Concerto No. 5 in E flat major, Op. 73 'Emperor'

Hungarian Radio Symphony Orchestra, Peter Mura

Piano Concerto No. 3 in C minor, Op. 37

Hungarian Radio Symphony Orchestra, Antal Dorati

Chopin:

Piano Concerto No. 1 in E minor, Op. 11

Hungarian Radio Symphony Orchestra, Peter Mura

Handel:

Chaconne in G major, HWV 430/Anh.

Liszt:

Piano Concerto No. 1 in E flat major, S124

Hungarian Radio Symphony Orchestra, Peter Mura

Mendelssohn:

Rondo capriccioso in E major, Op. 14

From Hungarian Television broadcasts of the 1960’s

Mozart:

Piano Concerto No. 22 in E flat major, K482

Hungarian Radio Symphony Orchestra, Peter Mura

Piano Concerto No. 24 in C minor, K491

(CD) Live performance c1978

Swiss Italian Radio Orchestra, Marc Andreae

Schumann:

Piano Concerto in A minor, Op. 54

(CD) Live performance c1984

NDR Symphony Orchestra, Hamburg Woldemar Nelsson


Annie Fischer’s (July 5, 1914 - April 10, 1995) main teacher was Ernst von Dohnányi at the Budapest Music Academy. In 1933 she won the first prize at the International Liszt Competition and soon established an illustrious solo concert career. She was regularly invited to perform throughout Europe by the likes of Otto Klemperer, Ferenc Fricsay, Igor Markevich, Antal Dorati, Walfganf Sawalisch, Adrian Boult. and considered one of the most admired pianists of the 20th century. Her great qualities were the poetic, passionate and magically beautiful performances that created a special communication with the audience.

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Clara Haskil, Vol. 8 (1954, 1956)

Clara Haskil, Vol. 8 (1954, 1956)


Schumann:

Piano Concerto in A minor, Op. 54

Swiss Romande Orchestra, Ernest Ansermet

Abegg Variations, Op. 1

Bunte Blätter, Op. 99: I. Ziemlich langsam

Bunte Blätter, Op. 99: II. Schnell

Bunte Blätter, Op. 99: III. Ziemlich langsam, sehr gesangvoll

Bunte Blätter, Op. 99: IV. Sehr langsam

Bunte Blätter, Op. 99: V. Langsam


Clara Haskil (piano)

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Robert Schumann, Vol. 4 (1948, 1951)

Robert Schumann, Vol. 4 (1948, 1951)


Schumann:

Piano Concerto in A minor, Op. 54

Dinu Lipatti (piano)

Philharmonia Orchestra, Herbert von Karajan

Études symphoniques, Op. 13

Walter Gieseking (piano)

Romances (3), Op. 28

Walter Gieseking (piano)


Documents - Robert Schumann - 290685

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