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Schumann - Novellette Opus 21 No. 2 #2743149
06/08/18 11:37 PM
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Vid's recent threads featuring Schumann's Novellette No. 1 inspired me to go back and listen to two recordings I made and posted on PW about seven years ago. My recording of Novellette No. 1 leaves something to be desired, ha but I had better luck with this one of Novellette No. 2. Certainly not under my fingers anymore, but it was great fun to play at the time.

https://youtu.be/gJ8XpXLcdxg


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Re: Schumann - Novellette Opus 21 No. 2 [Re: Carey] #2743151
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Wow, you sure take the tempo markings seriously! A truly valiant performance, Carey. This is not a pianist-friendly work, like much of Schumann's piano compositions. I actually don't think I've ever heard a performance of the piece that was completely convinced by, even the famous Richter one (though that is electrifying). Arrau does a pretty good yeoman's job with it. But it needs something more than either of them seems able to provide.

Anyway, congrats on this excellent recording. I really enjoyed it.


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Re: Schumann - Novellette Opus 21 No. 2 [Re: Carey] #2743222
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Thanks SiFi !!

Actually my favorite recording of this work is by the late pianist, Dino Ciani, who was tragically killed in a car accident at age 32. He recorded all of the Novelletten in 1968 at age 26.

https://youtu.be/GHkatlEAg5g

Much more convincing than either of the performances by Richter or Arrau. And he somehow successfully manages to exceed the indicated tempo markings !! smile


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Re: Schumann - Novellette Opus 21 No. 2 [Re: Carey] #2743639
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I enjoyed that! Thanks for sharing ... I'll put this one on my todo list although the A section sounds like its beyond me. frown


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Re: Schumann - Novellette Opus 21 No. 2 [Re: Vid] #2743708
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Originally Posted by Vid
I enjoyed that! Thanks for sharing ... I'll put this one on my todo list although the A section sounds like its beyond me. frown


Vid - If you decide to "go for" No. 2, be sure to get a copy of the Harold Bauer edition (Schirmer) which adeptly distributes the notes differently between the left and right hands in the A section, making the iece INFINITELY easier to play. thumb.


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