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Re: must-have Schumann?
#413221 01/19/06 04:45 PM
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I LOVE Schumann.

I don't like his piano music ironically enough though, lol.

But: The Concerto, of course, the Piano Trio, and

non-piano: Symphonies 1, 3, and 4. and THE MANFRED OVERTURE


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Re: must-have Schumann?
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His Fantasy in C must be one of my favourite pieces ever, Horowitz's rec in Carnegie Hall ('65 comeback recital) is also one of my favourite recs ever, the one Brendan mentioned. Simply awesome music, played with the awesomeness it deserves.


Lipatti & Fiorentino for the concerto, btw wink .

If you're looking for some good Schumann to explore, get Kempff's Schumann box, it's really good.

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Two pieces I have worked on now and again are the Papillons and Forest Scenes. Anyone know of good recordings of the latter by the way? Also about Papillons, has anyone heard the Licad recording?
Is it good?

I don't really have any firm recommendations. I think Schumann's piano works either deceptively simple or deceptively difficult. Often both at the same time. Problems of balance and phrasing are compounded with sometimes awkward hand positions.

The concerto has had many fine recordings. I like the Serkin/Ormandy and the Cliburn/Reiner along with a number of others mentioned here.

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Kempff and Richter are both very good in the Papillons - Kempff the more poetic, Richter the more powerful.

As a big Kempff fan, I really think he nails the Waldszenen in his DG recording.

The Richter 'Waldszenen' on DG - I don't know these - are also said to be very good; as is the Haskil recording on Philips. Both are actually on my list for the future...

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My favorite Kreisleriana is Youri Egorov's. IMO, it sounds exactly like it should--full of passion, almost out of control, fast, dynamic.

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I like the Egourov set too. Someone mentioned the 'Bunte Blaetter' which are not so much played. Egouov does these very well indeed.

Of the 'Bunte Blaetter' (op99) I really love the 'Marsch'. It is a funeral march basically and the main section is absolutely exquisite with its shifts from minor to major and back.

Mind you, the 'trio' section is a little incongruent in its jauntiness - as if the corpse gets out of the coffin to perform a little jig.

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Thanks, andrewp-- I'll try to find those.

What a loss when Egourov died so young. He was such a brilliant pianist. I like the fact that he was willing to sacrifice "pretty" for passion when necessary. Dare I say it, very testosterone-driven playing, in a good way.

OTOH, he could also pile on the passion and beauty when necessary.

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