Schumann: Fantasie in C major, Op. 17

This page lists all recordings of Fantasie in C major, Op. 17, by Robert Schumann (1810-56) on CD, SACD & download (MP3 & FLAC). Generally, more recent releases are listed first, but with priority given to those that are in stock.

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Sviatoslav Richter in the 1940's

Sviatoslav Richter in the 1940's


Bach, J S:

Keyboard Sonata in D major, BWV963

27-Nov-48

Capriccio sopra la lontananza del suo fratello dilettissimo, BWV992

27-Nov-48

English Suite No. 3 in G minor, BWV808: Sarabande

27-Nov-48

Beethoven:

Piano Sonata No. 22 in F major, Op. 54

27-Nov-48

Piano Sonata No. 3 in C major, Op. 2 No. 3

05-Jun-47

Piano Sonata No. 9 in E major, Op. 14 No. 1

05-Jun-47

Kreisler:

Liebesfreud

30-May-47

Schumann:

Fantasie in C major, Op. 17

27-Nov-48


How is it possible that recordings from these years have been preserved in such good sound quality? As the war ended, the victorious Russians commandeered German recording equipment and microphones. Russian engineers quickly learned to use this equipment, so that high quality tape recordings were being produced in Russia even before the Western recording and broadcasting companies started using tape. (Bing Crosby’s radio show was the first American program to be recorded on tape, in 1947, using Ampex machines based on the German Magnetophon.) The recordings included in this set all originated as tapes.

Unlike the Richter in the 1950s series, all of these recordings have previously been published, although in obscure and now-unobtainable editions. Although these items are not entirely new, we felt that few collectors have had access to them previously.

Released or re-released in last 6 months

Parnassus - PACD96059/60

(CD - 2 discs)

$14.50

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Mozart & Schumann: Fantaisies

Mozart & Schumann: Fantaisies


Mozart:

Fantasia in C minor, K475

Piano Sonata No. 14 in C minor, K457

Schumann:

Fantasie in C major, Op. 17

Theme with Variations in E flat major WoO 24 ('Geistervariationen')

INCLUDES A 36-MINUTE BONUS DVD (on Warsaw) “Je m’appelle Varsovie

A film by Piotr Anderszewski

With the collaboration of Julien Condemine

DVD: Colour NTSC systems Disc Format: 1 DVD5 Sound Format: Stereo PCM 2.0


“I can hear in the music of both composers a similarity in their processes of giving physical form to their inspirations.

The cruel resistance of the blank page feels, in both cases, inexistent, ignored. And therein lies an important, precious connection between Mozart and Schumann: an unobstructed directness to their music, in which the purity of intention remains intact.” Piotr Anderszewski

“His reflective, probing approach plumbs the depths of every piece” BBC Music Magazine, June 2017 ****

Released or re-released in last 6 months

Warner Classics - 9029588855

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The 1980 Ambassador Auditorium Recital

The 1980 Ambassador Auditorium Recital


Chopin:

Études (12), Op. 25

Mozart:

Fantasia in C minor, K475

Schumann:

Fantasie in C major, Op. 17


Youri Egorov (piano)

Russian born pianist Youri Egorov first came to international prominence as the clear favorite among the 1977 Van Cliburn Competition’s semifinalists. Egorov’s playing has drawn parallels with that of pianist Dinu Lipatti - both men gave their final concert performances at the age of 33, each knowing at the time that he was afflicted with a fatal illness and had but months to live. 1978 was the year in which Egorov’s career took flight.

After his January début in New York the critics compared him to Horowitz, Richter and Rachmaninov.

“[The Schumann] is filled with ideas and fairly bursts with rhythmic vitality. The Chopin Op. 25 Etudes contain some very exciting and beautiful piano-playing” Gramophone Magazine, July 2016

First Hand - FHR44

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Mussorgsky: Pictures at an Exhibition

Mussorgsky: Pictures at an Exhibition


Mussorgsky:

Pictures at an Exhibition (piano version)

Schumann:

Fantasie in C major, Op. 17


Paul Lewis (piano)

Paul Lewis talks to Presto's Katherine Cooper about the recording here.

In 1870, the architect, sculptor and painter Viktor Hartmann (born in 1834) was invited by Vladimir Stasov, the most influential Russian art critic of his time, to join the ‘Group of Five’, a St Petersburg-based circle of composers that, in addition to Mussorgsky, included Borodin, Balakirev, Cui, and Rimsky-Korsakov. The members of this ‘Mighty Handful’ had set themselves the spiritual task of establishing a national Russian music free of western influences. Just three years later, in August 1873, Hartmann died of an aneurysm; he was not yet 40. ‘What misfortune! O greatly suffering Russian art!’ wrote the deeply affected Mussorgsky, lamenting the loss of his friend. Along with Stasov, he championed the cause of a memorial exhibition in honour of his intellectual fellow-spirit. Stimulated by this much-admired retrospective, in the spring of 1874, which presented some 400 pictures from different phases of the artist’s creative career, Mussorgsky decided to erect a musical monument to the dead man as well. He threw himself feverishly into the work. When the piano cycle was completed on 22 June 1874, the manuscript bore the inscription: ‘Dedicated to Vladimir Vasilievich Stasov. Pictures at an Exhibition. In Memory of Viktor Hartmann.’ Mussorgsky created here something subtler and more ambivalent than Hartmann’s paintings might suggest. Alongside the dazzling virtuosity they call for, Paul Lewis’s unexpected coupling reveals the purely musical qualities of these two 19th-century masterpieces.

“Lewis possesses the palette of pianistic colour and the immediacy of impulse to animate and crystallise the moods of the individual miniatures, coupled with the long view that unites them into a multifaceted but fully integrated whole. The magnificence of his achievement here is replicated in Schumann’s C major Fantasie.” The Telegraph, 1st February 2015

“His directness of approach is heightened by the in-your-face closeness of the recorded sound…the resulting rawness highlights the originality of the music.” Irish Times, 6th February 2015

“Lewis has quite a spring in his step, and he emphasises the sense of leading to each Picture by not tracking the Promenades separately...The Schumann (perhaps a strange coupling) has much to recommend it. It is more contained than some; but Lewis's haloed sound and unfailing sense of thoughtfulness is winning.” Gramophone Magazine, March 2015

“Lewis parades [the Schumann's] heroic gestures in bold style, but he is also dynamically modulated - the music and what it may be about comes first...and his manner in slower sections is seductive if also organically fitting...As for the canvases, Lewis is vivid with them, and his approach is enjoyable and admirable...Lewis's account, overall, is very impressive and recommendable.” International Record Review, March 2015

“Lewis has a natural empathy for Schumann, revelling in the first movement's impulsive changes of mood and projecting wonderfully calm inner reflection at the outset of the third. He emphasises the cogency of Mussorgsky's Pictures with a performance of granitic strength and wonderful tonal variety.” BBC Music Magazine, April 2015 *****

“I liked his fearless approach – it is like a young gazelle outrunning its competitors … Lewis brings his beautiful singing tone to the tender last movement [of the Schumann].” Pianist Magazine, April/May 2015

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Kempff plays Schumann

Kempff plays Schumann


Schumann:

Piano Concerto in A minor, Op. 54

London Symphony Orchestra, Josef Krips

Fantasie in C major, Op. 17

Papillons, Op. 2

Études symphoniques, Op. 13

Kreisleriana, Op. 16

Arabeske in C major, Op. 18


Australian Eloquence Wilhelm Kempff Edition - ELQ4806636

(CD - 2 discs)

$12.00

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Schumann: Piano Music

Schumann: Piano Music


Schumann:

Fantasie in C major, Op. 17

Toccata in C major, Op. 7

Introduction and Allegro Op. 134

Warsaw National Philharmonic Orchestra, Stanislav Wislocki

Novelette, Op. 21 No. 1 in F major

Novelette, Op. 21 No. 2 in D major

Novelette, Op. 21 No. 8 in F sharp minor


“the impression of unmatchable strength and vision” Penguin Guide ***

Alto - ALC1220

(CD)

$6.25

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Schumann: Davidsbundlertanze & Fantasie

Schumann: Davidsbundlertanze & Fantasie

Standard Edition


Schumann:

Davidsbündlertänze, Op. 6

Fantasie in C major, Op. 17


Previously released as a Prestige Edition product (4782280) in September 2010.

Digital version also contains the bonus track Träumerei from Kinderszenen, Op.15

“Schumann is obviously a composer with whom she feels a special affinity, and to whose music she brings a whole suite of special qualities...She naturally inclines towards the more introspective side of Schumann rather than his ebullient, extrovert alter ego, and infuses the more lyrical parts of the cycle with warmth and expressive generosity” The Guardian, 16th September 2010 ****

“...revelatory and supremely satisfying...Her account of the great C major Fantasie (also recorded under studio conditions at Snape Maltings) sits alongside some of the greatest committed to disc — Schumann the poet and virtuoso evoked in perfect balance” Sunday Times, 3rd October 2010 *****

“This seizes you by the scruff of the neck within seconds. Uchida...find[s] a different colour for every one of the 18 pieces. The coda to No13 is the most astonishing example of pianistic virtuosity I’ve heard in years.” The Telegraph, 5th October 2010 *****

“The quality she brings is the one they most need – an overarching concentration that stops them splintering apart, while maintaining a sense of poetry and spontaneity...the music’s Janus-faced personality is enmeshed in almost every bar, to thrilling effect in Uchida’s magisterial performance, which exults in Schumann’s temperamental extremes while also harmonising them.” Financial Times, 25th September 2010 *****

“Uchida shows herself not only fully up to Schumann's immense demands technically, but she is also deeply sympathetic to the fierce dislocations in his personality...With such insights from her both on the piano and verbally, this makes a most appealing pair of discs.” BBC Music Magazine, December 2010 *****

“This is the playing of a real 'master' musician who carries every iota of beauty, detail, intelligence and subtlety through to the ultimate degree...The Fantasie is as genuinely passionate as I've ever heard it...she proves that virtuosity is just a means to a musical end” Classic FM Magazine, December 2010 *****

“In an interview with James Jolly, it is clear how passionate [Uchida] is about the composer (this fascinating conversation comes on a companion CD in the "Prestige Edition")...Her passionate verbal advocacy is translated into the equally compelling ardour of her performances of these two works...this has Gramophone Award-winner written all over it.” Gramophone Magazine, December 2010

GGramophone Awards 2011

Shortlisted - Instrumental

GGramophone Magazine

Editor's Choice - December 2010

Decca - 4782936

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Vladimir Horowitz plays Schumann

Vladimir Horowitz plays Schumann


Schumann:

Arabeske in C major, Op. 18

Kinderszenen, Op. 15

Toccata in C major, Op. 7

Fantasie in C major, Op. 17

Blumenstück, Op. 19


Sony Classical Masters - 88697719262

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Alfred Brendel plays Schumann

Alfred Brendel plays Schumann


Schumann:

Fantasie in C major, Op. 17

Études symphoniques, Op. 13


“Brendel's thoughtful approach to the Fantasie is underpinned by his huge technical resources. The result is unforgettable listening; and the impulsive and wide-ranging Etudes symphoniques are brilliantly drawn together.” BBC Music Magazine, April 2009 *****

Alto - ALC1046

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$6.25

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Brahms: Piano Concerto No. 2 & Schumann: Fantasia in C major

Brahms: Piano Concerto No. 2 & Schumann: Fantasia in C major


Brahms:

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

Dresden Staatskapelle, Karl Bohm

Schumann:

Fantasie in C major, Op. 17


Hänssler Masterpiece - HAEN94044

(CD)

$14.25

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