Schumann: Piano Concerto in A minor, Op. 54 - download (MP3 & FLAC)

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Günter Wand conducts Schumann and Mozart

Günter Wand conducts Schumann and Mozart


Mozart:

Symphony No. 40 in G minor, K550

Schumann:

Piano Concerto in A minor, Op. 54

Gerhard Oppitz (piano)


Schumann's only piano concerto is romantically poetic and occupies a special place in the repertory. The piano and orchestra are closely interwoven, and one is not imaginable without the other.

Mozart composed his last three symphonies – including the G Minor performed here – in the summer of 1788. The symphony has a sombre, passionate and at times even tragic underlying mood.

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Schumann & Dvorak: Piano Concertos

Schumann & Dvorak: Piano Concertos


Dvorak:

Piano Concerto in G minor, Op. 33

original version from 1882

Schumann:

Piano Concerto in A minor, Op. 54


New Naïve signing, Francesco Piemontesi, born in 1983, is one of today's most-watched pianists. His debut album on Naïve features the Schumann Piano Concerto and the original version of the Dvorák Piano Concerto, a work seldom performed due to its sheer technical difficulty. Conducted by Jiri Belohlávek with the BBC Symphony Orchestra, the album was recorded at BBC Maida Vale studios (Dvorák) and live in concert at the Barbican (Schumann) in December 2012 and continues the blossoming relationship between soloist, conductor and orchestra, begun in 2010, with Strauss’s 'Burleske'.

Piemontesi was voted Best Newcomer at the 2012 BBC Music Magazine Awards. In presenting his student with the award, Alfred Brendel praised “a young pianist with real talent, a pianist of natural poise and grace, of wonderful technical equipment, and of the ability to remind us what beautiful playing means: cantabile playing that is colourful, luminous and harmonious, without in the least lacking tension and atmosphere.”

Piemontesi has been a prize-winner at numerous international competitions including the Queen Elisabeth in Brussels, and in 2009 was awarded a Borletti-Buitoni Trust Fellowship as well as being named by the BBC as one of its New Generation Artists.

“Schumann’s concerto never fails to enchant... and Piemontesi brings to it an exquisite lyricism” Sunday Times, 2nd June 2013

“Piemontesi's crisp articulation is matched in the characterful playing of the BBC SO's clarinet, flute and oboe principals, the cadenza of the Schumann exquisite. Belohlávek's balancing of orchestra and soloist is near-ideal” The Independent, 22nd June 2013 *****

“his performances in these two warm-hearted concertos amply display his pure-spirited, intelligent artistry...Piemontesi makes an even more satisfying impression when he lets his hair down a little.” BBC Music Magazine, August 2013 ****

“Piemontesi benefits from a wonderfully realistic piano sound - too forwardly placed, some may think - which captures his creamy tone production and tapered phrase-ending to good effect... Listening to Piemontesi...makes you wonder if it isn't time the Dvorak gained a place in the regular concerto repertoire.” Gramophone Magazine, August 2013

“It’s a performance full of vivid imagery, refined lyric tracery and dancing rhythms. Some teasing pianistic rubati - faithfully followed by the conductor - ensure that nothing is metrical, and that the wind tapestry in particular sounds authentically Czech...If you are keen to hear the Dvořák original - or maybe it’s better to say ‘Original, mark II’ - then go for this Naive release which comes complete with excellent notes by Ludmila Smidová.” MusicWeb International, 4th September 2013

“Piemontesi is a very gifted young player and his account of Schumann’s original masterpiece ranks highly- always intensely musical and respectful of the score, deeply felt, producing a performance that will give much pleasure” International Record Review, September 2013

Naive - V5327

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Annie Fischer plays Beethoven & Schumann

Annie Fischer plays Beethoven & Schumann


Beethoven:

Eroica Variations, Op. 35

Saal 1, Funkhaus, Köln, 11 February 1957

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

Saal 1, Funkhaus, Köln, 11 February 1957

Schumann:

Piano Concerto in A minor, Op. 54

Saal 1, Funkhaus, Köln, 28 April 1958

Kölner Rundfunk-Sinfonie-Orchester, Joseph Keilberth


Sviatoslav Richter’s comment that Hungarian-born Annie Fischer (1914–1995) was ‘a great artist imbued with a spirit of greatness and genuine profundity’ is just a sign of the esteem in which her fellow musicians held her. Curiously, of all the mid-century pianists, she seems to have been among the least recorded due to her profound dislike of the studio. Winner of the Franz Liszt International Competition in 1933, she made recordings of Schumann and Liszt with Klemperer (a close friend), Bartók with Markevitch and Mozart with Sawallisch. She recorded over a 15-year period all the Beethoven sonatas for Hungaroton.

Annie Fischer’s ‘unerring awareness’ (David Threasher) of the shifting moods in the Schumann Piano Concerto has been caught in wonderful sound by the WDR engineers in this ‘live’ recording which has never been issued before.

In the two Beethoven works, ‘she is powerfully authoritative’ (David Threasher).

Both these ‘live’ recordings have never been published before.

Maurizio Pollini said Fischer’s playing was marked by ‘a childlike simplicity, immediacy and wonder’ while the distinguished writer Bryce Morrison commented on her ‘depth and spiritual serenity’. All these recordings are great additions to her relatively small discography.

“you are made aware once more of Fischer's robust poetry, of her economical, never inflated or exaggerated style. Less mercurial than, say Moiseiwitsch, less vertiginous than Argerich in the Schumann Concerto, her performance is none the less one of fiery engagement and a grateful sinking into repose in the first movement's melting A flat episode...Throughout, she abhors trickery of any kind...This is a deeply gratifying issue.” Gramophone Magazine, June 2012

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Grieg: Piano Concerto in A minor, Op. 16, etc.

Grieg:

Piano Concerto in A minor, Op. 16

Schumann:

Piano Concerto in A minor, Op. 54


Building a Library

First Choice - January 2004

Decca Legends - 4663832

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Schumann & Mozart: Piano Concertos

Schumann & Mozart: Piano Concertos


Chopin:

Variations on Mozart's 'La ci darem la mano' in B flat major, Op. 2

Mozart:

Piano Concerto No. 23 in A major, K488

Schumann:

Piano Concerto in A minor, Op. 54


Margarita Hohenrieder (piano)

Vienna Symphony Orchestra, Fabio Luisi

Recorded in the Wiener Konzerthause, Vienna, 17-19 May 2010

Margarita Höhenrieder and the Vienna Symphony Orchestra with Fabio Luisi are playing on this Studio album the most famous piano concertos by Mozart and Schumann and the Chopin Variations from Don Giovanni. The CD was recorded at the Konzerthaus in Vienna. Margarita Höhenrieder is an outstanding pianist from Munich. She has been invited to perform as a soloist by the conductors Claudio Abbado, Riccardo Chailly, James Levine, Fabio Luisi, Lorin Maazel as well as byrenowned orchestras such as the Symphony Orchestra of Bavarian Radio, the Staatskapelle of Dresden, the Gewandhaus Orchestra of Leipzig, the Mozarteum Orchestra of Salzburg, the Mahler Chamber Orchestra and the New York Philharmonic.

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Solo Musica - SM189

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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


Alba - ABCD356

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Arturo Benedetti Michelangeli, Vol. 4

Arturo Benedetti Michelangeli, Vol. 4

1942, 1948


Brahms:

Variations on a theme by Paganini in A minor, Op. 35

Schumann:

Piano Concerto in A minor, Op. 54

Milan La Scala Orchestra, Antonio Pedrotti


Documents Arturo Benedetti Michelangeli - 220021

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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


Philips - 4784805

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Michelangeli - The Early Recordings Volume 3

Michelangeli - The Early Recordings Volume 3

1939-1948


Grieg:

Piano Concerto in A minor, Op. 16

Schumann:

Piano Concerto in A minor, Op. 54


Arturo Benedetti Michelangeli (piano)

Orchestra del Teatro alla Scala, Antonio Pedrotti & Alceo Galliera

Michelangeli was a peerless aristocrat of the piano. He had made his recording début for HMV in Milan in 1939, and in 1942 went into studios in the same city to record two major concertos for German Telefunken. Schumann’s Piano Concerto is played with a dazzling, almost improvisatory freedom, whereas the Grieg Piano Concerto is a forthright, poetic and virtuosic performance, albeit one of great warmth. The smaller pieces reveal his outstanding gradations of tone. Remarkably, Michelangeli never re-recorded either concerto again in the studio.

Ward Marston, producer and audio restoration engineer

“the Schumann Concerto is as disappointing as the Grieg is subtle and mercurial, a classic illustration of the paradox at the heart of this great pianist...with the Grieg you enter another world, one where lyricism and piquancy complement flashes of a unique command in the cadenza.” Gramophone Magazine, May 2013

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Naxos Historical Great Pianists - 8111396

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Schumann: Manfred Overture, Piano Concerto and Overture, Scherzo & Finale

Schumann: Manfred Overture, Piano Concerto and Overture, Scherzo & Finale


Schumann:

Manfred Overture, Op. 115

Piano Concerto in A minor, Op. 54

Bella Davidovich (piano)

Overture, Scherzo, and Finale, Op. 52


Naxos Seattle Symphony Collection - 8571214

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