Schumann: Carnaval, Op. 9

This page lists all recordings of Carnaval, Op. 9, by Robert Schumann (1810-56) on CD, SACD, DVD, Blu-ray & download (MP3 & FLAC). Generally, more recent releases are listed first, but with priority given to those that are in stock.

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Ravel: Orchestral Works, Vol. 3

Ravel: Orchestral Works, Vol. 3

Orchestrations


Chabrier:

Menuet Pompeux

orch. Ravel

Debussy:

Sarabande

orch. Ravel

Danse (1891)

orch. Ravel

Mussorgsky:

Pictures at an Exhibition

orch. Ravel

Schumann:

Carnaval, Op. 9

orch. Ravel


Maurice Ravel’s incomparable skill in orchestration and command of orchestral colour is evident both in his own works and in his orchestrations of music by other composers. His versions of both Chabrier’s vibrant Menuet pompeux and the colourful commedia dell’arte figures of Schumann’s Carnaval were commissions for ballet, while new life was given to his late friend Debussy’s Sarabande et Danse at the request of publisher Jean Jobert. Ravel’s iconic orchestration of Mussorgsky’s Pictures at an Exhibition makes telling use of a large orchestra, vividly depicting scenes that range from the playful to the macabre.

“A mixed bag overall, but the Schumann is a rarity and worth having.” MusicWeb International, 1st July 2016

Naxos Ravel Orchestral Works - 8573124

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Schumann: Davidsbündlertänze, Papillons & Carnaval

Schumann: Davidsbündlertänze, Papillons & Carnaval


Schumann:

Davidsbündlertänze, Op. 6

Papillons, Op. 2

Carnaval, Op. 9


The three works on this recording are collections of short pieces, strung together and forming a cohesive whole – a form which Schumann himself invented, developed and brought to perfection. Davidsbündlertänze (Dances of the League of David) was written after Schumann’s engagement to Clara Wieck, to whom he wrote, ‘If I have ever been happy at the piano, it was when I was composing these.’ Papillons (Butterflies) is the work of a youthful, unfettered imagination, and Carnaval is one of his most popular pieces, a display of both technique and emotion.

Boris Giltburg, who took first prize at the 2013 Queen Elisabeth Competition, is one of today’s most thrilling young pianists. This release marks the start of an exciting new collaboration with Naxos.

“Once again he shows himself the possessor of a massive and engulfing technique, this time supporting interpretations that glow with warmth and poetic commitment…” Gramophone, October 2013

“His virtuosity is beyond question, but it is what he does with it that makes such a difference. There is emotional power here, together with apt tonal weight, but there is also a sensitive inwardness that reveals subtle expressive facets” Daily Telegraph, October 2013.

“For sheer brilliance, Boris Giltburg’s recital of Rachmaninov, Prokofiev and Ravel was the outstanding event of the season: this young Russian has remarkable range and a sublimely assured artistry” International Piano, March 2014

“[Schumann] was the undisputed master of miniature. But miniature is a misleading word, as these vivid, subtle performances by this Israeli pianist remind us.” Sunday Times, 8th February 2015

“You can judge his affinity with the Schumann style from the very opening bars of the Davidsbündlertänze: the give and take of the music’s pulse is naturally felt, as is the spectrum of tonal and dynamic shading. Much thought has gone into the preparation of these performances, but the quality that comes across here is one of spontaneous invention.” The Telegraph, 8th February 2015 ****

Naxos - 8573399

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Grigory Sokolov

Grigory Sokolov


Chopin:

Étude Op. 10 No. 8 in F major

Étude Op. 25 No. 11 in A minor 'Winter Wind'

Mazurka No. 13 in A minor, Op. 17 No. 4

Prokofiev:

Piano Sonata No. 7 in B flat major, Op. 83

Piano Sonata No. 8 in B flat major, Op. 84

Schubert:

Piano Sonata No. 14 in A minor, D784

Schumann:

Carnaval, Op. 9

Scriabin:

Étude Op. 8 No. 10 in D flat major

Piano Sonata No. 9, Op. 68 'Black Mass'

Stravinsky:

Three Movements from Petrushka


Firma Melodiya continues to acquaint the music lovers with the performing art of Grigory Sokolov.

The name of this pianist from St Petersburg has been known to Russian and foreign audiences for nearly half a century now. Since the time of his victory at the 3rd International Tchaikovsky Competition, Grigory Sokolov has been attracting the attention of connoisseurs of music with the depth and freshness of his renditions that always combine a recognisable, individual pianistic style with a full immersion in the world of the performed work.

Grigory Sokolov is first of all known as a performer of 'intellectual' music – Bach’s suites and fugues, Beethoven’s late sonatas and Brahms’ pieces. This set presents the pianist as an impressive and original interpreter of romantic piano repertoire, including one of Schubert’s posthumous sonatas, Schumann’s Carnaval and Chopin’s and Scriabin’s miniatures, combined with 20th century music such as fragments from Stravinsky’s Petrushka and Prokofiev’s sonatas, which also take an important place in his concert programmes.

Grigory Sokolov’s recordings featured in this set embrace a 20-year period of the outstanding artist’s career. You are about to hear him as a vivid romantic virtuoso, a contender for victory at the competition in 1966, an artistically balanced pianist of the next decade and a mature, experienced musician of the late 1980s. The recordings were made in studio and at concert in Moscow and Leningrad.

Melodiya - MELCD1002292

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Stephen Hough: In the Night

Stephen Hough: In the Night


Beethoven:

Piano Sonata No. 14 in C sharp minor, Op. 27 No. 2 ‘Moonlight'

Chopin:

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

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

Hough:

Piano Sonata No. 2 'notturno luminoso'

Schumann:

In der Nacht, Op. 12 No. 5

Carnaval, Op. 9


Stephen Hough talks to Presto's Katherine Cooper about In the Night here.

This latest recital album by ‘the thinking person’s virtuoso: an extraordinary pianist’ (The New York Times) takes the listener on a journey through that most intense and absorbing of nineteenth-century obsessions, the night. The Romantic night was one without sleep; where experiences are mutated through darkness. Stephen Hough’s thoughtful programming creates a new aural sphere for some of the most celebrated piano works in the repertoire.

Hough begins with Schumann’s troubled, reeling ‘In der Nacht’ from Fantasiestücke, and continues with Beethoven’s ‘Moonlight’ Sonata and Chopin’s two Op 27 Nocturnes.

With Schumann’s Carnaval we eavesdrop on one of the most vibrant parties in the nineteenth-century piano literature, with its panoply of brilliantly etched character sketches depicting both real people—such as Chopin and Paganini—and imaginary ones. Each movement is vividly contrasted; there are moments of unbridled ecstasy, elegant poise and elusive subtlety.

Also included is Stephen Hough’s own Piano Sonata No 2 ‘notturno luminoso’, which he describes as ‘about a different kind of night … the brightness of a brash city in the hours of darkness; the loneliness of pre-morning; sleeplessness and the dull glow of the alarm clock’s unmoving hours; the irrational fears which are only darkened by the harsh glare of a suspended, dusty light bulb'.

“Hough's album takes wing in an atmosphere of tension and sombreness...Hough's own Sonata prove the high point...rich in its textural variety and harmonic colours...Hearing a masterful pianist performing his own work is a special experience in itself.” BBC Music Magazine, June 2014 *****

“A new disc from Stephen Hough is always welcome. How will he surprise us this time and where will he take us? The answer is into the night - but not gentle or with a mug of cocoa.” Gramophone Magazine, June 2014

“As one would expect from a pianist of Hough's gifts, textures are imaginative, with plenty of excitement and variety...Hough's musical thinking has the same warmth and communicativeness as his performing persona...His Carnaval has great warmth and gentleness, along with appropriate doses of high spirits...I don't think I've sat through another Carnaval that was quite this much fun.” International Record Review, May 2014

Hyperion - CDA67996

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Schumann: Carnaval, Papillons & Sonata in G minor

Schumann: Carnaval, Papillons & Sonata in G minor


Schumann:

Carnaval, Op. 9

Piano Sonata No. 2 in G minor, Op. 22

Papillons, Op. 2


Jon Nakamatsu is ideally suited to Schumann: he has the staggering technique expected from a Van Cliburn winner but also poetry and delicacy are uppermost in his playing. His nine recordings for harmonia mundi USA range from Chopin and Brahms, via Rachmaninov to Gershwin, and most recently the Brahms Piano Quintet with the Tokyos. His next recording will be of Brahms, Beethoven and Weber with Clive Greensmith, formerly of the Tokyo String Quartet and Jon Manasse on clarinet.

“Nakamatsu clarifies Schumann's mid-range saturated textures to a remarkable degree, revelling in its fantastic imagingings with rapier-like precision and effortless command.” BBC Music Magazine, July 2014 ****

“There's plenty of imagination in his readings but sometimes it perhaps comes a little too close to caricature.” Gramophone Magazine, March 2014

“insightful readings, refreshingly original in concept, technically immaculate and distinguished by their textural clarity and inerrant singing line.” International Record Review, April 2014

Harmonia Mundi - HMU907503

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Schumann: Carnaval & Papillons

Schumann: Carnaval & Papillons


Schumann:

Carnaval, Op. 9

Papillons, Op. 2

Faschingsschwank aus Wien, Op. 26


“Stefan Vladar accepts Schumann's invitation in these works to the dance. Visceral readings are caught in a brightly lit, up-close-and-personal recording - Vienna's Faschingsschwank (Carnival Scenes) is the belle of the ball.” BBC Music Magazine, March 2013 ***

Harmonia Mundi Musique d'Abord - HMA1951890

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Vladimir Sofronitsky in Tuition

Vladimir Sofronitsky in Tuition

From the personal archives of his friend and former pupil, Pavel Lobanov, never-before-released recordings of the Russian Master's famed lessons


Debussy:

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

Recorded 1954

Liszt:

La leggierezza - Étude de concert No. 2, S144

Recorded 1954

Mendelssohn:

Etude in A Minor Op. 104b

Recorded 1954

Schumann:

Carnaval, Op. 9

Recorded 4th March 1947

Scriabin:

Prelude, Op. 11 No. 4 in E minor

Lesson: 2nd October 1954

Prelude, Op. 11 No. 5 in D major

Lesson: 2nd October 1954

Poème in F sharp major, Op. 32 No. 1

Lesson: 2nd October 1954

Prelude, Op. 22 No. 1 in G sharp minor

Recorded 21st September 1954

Prelude, Op. 11 No. 4 in E minor

Recorded 21st September 1954

Mazurka in E minor, Op. 25 No. 3

Recorded 21st September 1954

Prelude, Op. 22 No. 3 in B minor

Recorded 21st September 1954 (first few notes missing, with first bar of Op. 22 No. 4 following)

Prelude, Op. 13 No. 6 in B minor

Recorded 4th March 1947

Piano Sonata No. 9, Op. 68 'Black Mass'

Recorded 1954


Vladimir Sofronitsky (piano/teacher), Pavel Lobanov (pupil)

This CD brings over twenty-five minutes of Sofronitsky's teaching of three of Scriabin’s pieces as well as performances of four Scriabin pieces, all recorded privately at his Moscow apartment in 1954. The lessons are meticulously indexed with carefully labelled translations in the booklet. There's also a selection of private and live recordings from 1947 and 1954 of works by Scriabin, Schumann, Liszt, Debussy and Mendelssohn.

WARNING: Although sonically challenged, these recordings have been available due to their profound historical significance. Also, the relatively extreme length [79.57] of this CD may cause reading problems in some early model players.

“A fascinating glimpse into the teaching methods of a Russian master pianist...Sofronitsky’s charisma, the fascination he held for so many musicians...shine[s] through...Sofronitsky’s spontaneity and vitality can be enchanting; never more so than in the final section of ‘Promenade’ from Carnaval where Schumann leaves his dancing magic and glides into reverie.” Gramophone Magazine, October 2002

“The recording is primitive, but his points are all clearly caught, usually reinforced by demonstrations, and his unclichéing of his pupils' playing is meticulously indexed with carefully labelled translations in the booklet.” Irish Times, 29th August 2002

Prometheus Editions - EDITION003

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Schumann: Carnaval, Op. 9, etc.

Schumann:

Carnaval, Op. 9

Papillons, Op. 2

Fantasiestücke, Op. 12


‘Stunningly brought to life as by that genius of the piano, Marc-André Hamelin … a Schumann disc made in heaven’ (Classic FM Magazine)

“Hamelin's combination of fleet-fingered delicacy and compelling drive suit Schumann's aesthetic ideally; but best of all is his gleeful sense of storytelling. He brings the masked ball guests in Papillons and Carnaval to life with the deft vividness of an award-winning film director.” BBC Music Magazine, December 2005 *****

Building a Library

First Choice - July 2006

Hyperion - CDA67120

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$14.00

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Claudio Arrau

Claudio Arrau


Beethoven:

Piano Sonata No. 32 in C minor, Op. 111

Schumann:

Piano Concerto in A minor, Op. 54

Carnaval, Op. 9


Recorded 1961-1970

DVD Video

Region: 0

Format: NTSC

EMI Classic Archive - DVB4928399

(DVD Video)

$16.25

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Schumann: Kinderszenen, Op. 15, etc.

Schumann:

Kinderszenen, Op. 15

Faschingsschwank aus Wien, Op. 26

Carnaval, Op. 9


Three of Schumann's most popular piano works on a single disc from the 1978 recordings of Daniel Barenboim.

Australian Eloquence - ELQ4690222

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$8.50

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