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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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 ****

“Anderszewski has long paired the Fantasy K475 with the Sonata K457 and, with his almost titanic objectivity, the resulting arch-like span comes across ineffably as a single piece, sculpted without a trace of indulgence or unnecessary gesture and hugely impressive” Classical Music, July 2017 *****

“Convincing, companionable, persuasive, hugely intelligent, unpredictable, totally without cliché. I know I shall always want to listen to Anderszewski” Gramophone Magazine, July 2017

GGramophone Awards 2017

Shortlisted - Instrumental

Released or re-released in last 6 months

Warner Classics - 9029588855

(CD + DVD Video - 2 discs)

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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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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

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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

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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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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

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Schubert: Fantasie in C major, D760 'Wanderer', etc.

Schubert:

Fantasie in C major, D760 'Wanderer'

Schumann:

Fantasie in C major, Op. 17


“The cover shows Caspar David Friedrich's familiar The Wanderer above theSea of Fog. Pollini, on the other hand, is a wanderer in a transparent ether or crystalline light, and both these legendary performances, recorded in 1973 and beautifully remastered, are of a transcendental vision and integrity. In the Schubert his magisterial, resolutely unvirtuoso approach allows everything its time and place.
Listen to his flawlessly graded triple piano approach to the central Adagio, to his rock-steady octaves at 5'23" (where Schubert's merciless demand is so often the cause of confusion) or to the way the decorations in the Adagio are spun off with such rare finesse, and you may well wonder when you've heard playing of such an unadorned, unalloyed glory. Pollini's Schumann is no less memorable. Doubting Thomases on the alert for alternating touches of imperiousness and sobriety will be disappointed, for, again, Pollini's poise is unfaltering. The opening Moderato is sempre energico, indeed, its central Etwas langsamer is so sensitively and precisely gauged that all possible criticism is silenced. The coda of the central march (that locus classicus of the wrong note) is immaculate and in what someone once called the finale's 'shifting sunset vapour' Pollini takes us gently but firmly to the shores of Elysium. Here is a record that should grace every musician's shelf.”
Gramophone Classical Music Guide, 2010

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First Choice - January 2003

DG Originals - 4474512

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Schumann: Kreisleriana, Carnaval, Faschingsschwank aus Wien & other piano pieces

Schumann: Kreisleriana, Carnaval, Faschingsschwank aus Wien & other piano pieces


Schumann:

Carnaval, Op. 9

Kreisleriana, Op. 16

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

Faschingsschwank aus Wien, Op. 26

Allegro in B minor, Op. 8

Romance in F sharp major, Op. 28 No. 2

Fantasie in C major, Op. 17


Alicia de Larrocha was, for long, an exclusive Decca artist, and besides making seminal recordings of Spanish repertoire, at which she excelled, she was also a Bach, Mozart, Schubert and Schumann player par excellence. She recorded Schumann's Carnaval twice for Decca and it's her earlier (1978) analogue version we release here. Together with Kreisleriana and the eighth Novelette - both recorded in 1971 - this is its first release on CD. This is Romantic piano music par excellence, complete with codes and ciphers from Robert to his beloved Clara, and Larrocha's playing has both tenderness and sweeping passion.

Australian Eloquence - ELQ4769910

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