Schumann: Piano Concerto in A minor, Op. 54

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Schumann - Piano Concerto & Symphony No. 4

Schumann - Piano Concerto & Symphony No. 4

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


Schumann:

Piano Concerto in A minor, Op. 54

Martha Argerich (piano)

Symphony No. 4 in D minor, Op. 120

Symphonic Etudes: Adagio and Allegro brilliante

Orchestration: Peter I. Tchaikovsky

Excerpts from Carnaval

Orchestration: Maurice Ravel


Martha Argerich has long been hailed as one of the greatest and most uniquely imaginative pianists.

This legendary Argentinean musician is surrounded by an aura of mystery: some find her too uncompromising, others generous and beautiful, yet to all she is without doubt incredibly talented.

When Argerich and Chailly performed the Schumann Piano Concerto it created a musical sensation! The connection between Argerich and Chailly underlines the whole work, and heartfelt applause sparks a charming encore: ‘‘Vom fremden Ländern und Menschen’’.

The perfect Blu-ray release for the Schumann Birthday Anniversary in 2010.

“Argerich, simply and assuredly, is one of the most magisterial talents in the history of piano playing." The Gramophone Magazine

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Sounds formats BD: PCM 2.0, PCM 5.1

Region code: All

Booklet notes: English, German, French

Running time: 93 mins

Audience: all

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Clara Haskil plays Schumann

Clara Haskil plays Schumann


Schumann:

Piano Concerto in A minor, Op. 54

Recorded Geneva, 10th October 1956

Orchestre de la Suisse Romande, Ernest Ansermet

Kinderszenen, Op. 15

Recorded Besachon, 7th September 1956

Abegg Variations, Op. 1

Recorded Ludwigsburg, 11th April 1953

Bunte Blätter, Op. 99

Recorded Ludwigsburg, 11th April 1953 & Amsterdam 1952

Waldszenen, Op. 82

Recorded London 1947


Clara Haskil (piano)

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Guiomar Novaes plays Schumann

Guiomar Novaes plays Schumann


Schumann:

Carnaval, Op. 9

Kinderszenen, Op. 15

Papillons, Op. 2

Études symphoniques, Op. 13

Fantasiestücke, Op. 12

Piano Concerto in A minor, Op. 54


Guiomar Novaes (piano)

Vox - MC127

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Martin Helmchen plays Schumann & Dvorak

Martin Helmchen plays Schumann & Dvorak


Dvorak:

Piano Concerto in G minor, Op. 33

Schumann:

Piano Concerto in A minor, Op. 54


Martin Helmchen’s last two CDs have both been Music Choice of the Month in BBC Music Magazine. His recording of the “Trout” received excellent reviews all over the world: “The young Martin Helmchen is as gifted a new pianist as I expect to hear for years” BBC Music Magazine.

“Martin Helmchen is clearly a staunch advocate for Dvorák's neglected Concerto. There are many things to enjoy in this beautifully recorded interpretation, but the orchestra is not nearly as assured in the Dvorák as the Schumann… both Helmchen and Albrecht give a magnificently assured performance of the Schumann concerto.” BBC Music Magazine, February 2010 ****

“...a genuinely distinguished account of the Schumann concerto, beautifully coloured and phrased, and with a lightness of touch that's altogether admirable…” The Guardian, 4th December 2009 ***

“Martin Helmchen delivers a refreshing performance of Schumann and Dvorak's piano concertos...the tumbling motifs of Dvorak's first movement are impulsive, the cadenza and Andante are confidently characterised.” The Independent on Sunday, 29th November 2009

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Schumann: Piano Concerto & Debussy: Images

Schumann: Piano Concerto & Debussy: Images


Debussy:

Reflets dans l'eau (No. 1 from Images pour piano - Book 1)

Hommage à Rameau (No. 2 from Images pour piano - Book 1)

Cloches à travers les feuilles (No. 1 from Images pour piano - Book 2)

Poissons d'or (No. 3 from Images pour piano - Book 2)

Schumann:

Piano Concerto in A minor, Op. 54

Orchestre de Paris, Daniel Barenboim


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Edition Staatskapelle Dresden - Volume 28

Edition Staatskapelle Dresden - Volume 28


Debussy:

Prélude à l'après-midi d'un faune

Schumann:

Piano Concerto in A minor, Op. 54

Malcolm Frager (piano)

Strauss, R:

Ein Heldenleben, Op. 40


“The lower strings at the opening of Ein Heldenleben make one catch one's breath… The playing is deeply felt, flows with life and provides a vividly detailed scenario. …the opening of the lovely closing section, after a perfectly timed pause, creates a magical frisson of tension, raptly held until the wonderfully expanding brass of the coda, which is altogether thrilling. ...Prélude à L'après-midi d'un faune is also totally memorable, the exquisite opening flute solo echoed by the rest of the woodwind and an immediately sensuously rapturous response from the strings. Kempe has also found a natural partner in Malcom Frager in Schumann's Piano Concerto. ...performance full of freshness and vitality.” Gramophone Magazine, December 2009

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Geza Anda plays Chopin, Rachmaninov, Schumann & Brahms

Geza Anda plays Chopin, Rachmaninov, Schumann & Brahms


Brahms:

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

Chopin:

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

Rachmaninov:

Piano Concerto No. 2 in C minor, Op. 18

Schumann:

Piano Concerto in A minor, Op. 54


Anda was a prominent pianist in the fifties and sixties. These recordings of Chopin Piano Concerto No.1, Schumann Piano Concerto and Brahms Piano Concerto No.2 have never been released before in any format. He was notoriously camera-shy but interestingly, the booklet includes a series of photographs.

“Anda's approach - to the Rachmaninov and Schumann especially - eschews sentimentality, blending emotional coolness with improvisatory flair. Numerous insights compensate for occasional gruffness - a set for Anda fans.” BBC Music Magazine, August 2009 ***

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Héléne Grimaud - The Collection

Héléne Grimaud - The Collection


Beethoven:

Piano Concerto No. 4, Op. 58 (Andante con moto)

Live recording

New York Philharmonic, Kurt Masur

Piano Concerto No. 4, Op. 58 (Rondo: Vivace)

Live recording

New York Philharmonic, Kurt Masur

Piano Sonata No. 30 in E major, Op. 109

Brahms:

Piano Concerto No. 1 in D minor, Op. 15 (Adagio)

Live recording

Staatskaelle Berlin, Kurt Sanderling

Capriccio for Piano in D minor, Op. 116 No. 7

Intermezzo in C sharp minor, Op. 117 No. 3

Ballade in G minor, Op. 118, No. 3

Intermezzo in C major, Op. 119 No. 3

Gershwin:

Piano Concerto in F major: Allegro agitato

Baltimore Symphony Orchestra, David Zinman

Rachmaninov:

Piano Concerto No. 2 in C minor, Op. 18

Philharmonia Orchestra, Vladimir Ashkenazy

Ravel:

Piano Concerto in G major

Baltimore Symphony Orchestra, David Zinman

Schumann:

Piano Concerto in A minor, Op. 54

Deutsches Symphonie-Orchester Berlin, David Zinman


Blessed with an almost frightening talent, Hélène Grimaud is a woman of strong ideals, immense energy and exceptional tenacity. As a pianist she often divides her audience, for hers Is no usual approach to the piano repertoire. Grimaud plays from the gut, with scant regard for convention, rules or reverence. Listening to her can often make one question one’s preconceptions about a work, since she has a unique way of approaching even the most familiar pieces from an unexpected, personal perspective. Whether or not the critics approve, the process is constantly creative and the results are always compelling at a deep, psychological level, attracting a cult following worldwide. The present collection represents a retrospective survey of some of her finest earlier recordings, made between 1995 and 2000.

“Grimaud has never quite fulfilled the blazing promise of her early career, but her fiery personality ensures there is not a dull moment in concertos by Rachmaninov, Beethoven, Schumann and Ravel.” BBC Music Magazine, September 2009 ***

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Arthur Rubinstein plays Brahms & Schumann

Arthur Rubinstein plays Brahms & Schumann


Brahms:

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

Orch. Sinfonica di RAI Torino, André Cluytens

Schumann:

Piano Concerto in A minor, Op. 54

Orch. A. Scarlatti di RAI Napoli, Franco Caracciolo


Born into a family of Polish merchants, Arthur Rubinstein began exhibiting his talents at the age of five. He gave his first formal concert in Potsdam in 1900 when he was 13, and after studying with such notables as Paderewski, he made his Carnegie Hall debut in 1906. It would be another three decades, however, before he would gain international renown under the guidance of impresario Sol Hurok. Over an incredible and lengthy career, he recorded an enormous amount of the solo piano repertoire including virtually all of the works of Chopin. He was also one of the earliest champions of the Spanish and South American composers and of French composers who, in the early 20th century, were still considered "modern" such as Debussy and Dukas.

The second concerto by Johannes Brahms and the Robert Schumann piano concerto are two masterpieces of romantic piano writing. In these newly-restored live performances from 1962 and 1964, the listener can hear the interpretation of the mature Rubinstein. The fresh vigour with which he continued to play even in old age is legendary, as this recording of the 75 and 77-year-old performer demonstrates so convincingly.

The Brahms concerto in B major opus 83 was the fruit of a long inner process of composition. After the failure of the first concerto in D minor opus 15, first performed in Leipzig, the composer took his time before attempting a second one. Twenty-three years separate the two works, and it was not until 1883 that the B flat concerto was presented to audiences by Johannes Brahms himself. Described as a “piano symphony” not merely on account of its length but also due to the tight relationship between the soloist and orchestra, its thematic link with the violin concerto opus 77 is often highlighted.

In Italy, a country that Rubinstein loved to visit, Robert Schumann’s Piano Concerto in A minor opus 54 was recorded under the baton of Franco Caracciolo. The three movements embrace everything that is important to the concept of Romantic Music, free handling of the theme, great emotions and tender feelings.

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Idil Biret Concerto Edition - Volume 1

Idil Biret Concerto Edition - Volume 1


Grieg:

Piano Concerto in A minor, Op. 16

Schumann:

Piano Concerto in A minor, Op. 54


Naxos Idil Biret Edition - 8571270

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