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Schumann: Piano Sonatas no 1 and 3, etc / Nikolai Demidenko

Album Summary

>Schumann, Robert : Piano Soanta in F sharp minor, Op. 11
>Schumann, Robert : Sonata for Piano no 3 in F minor ("Concerto Without Orchestra"), Op. 14
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Notes & Reviews:

'A pair of performances which can justly be described in terms of superlatives. Outstanding readings of remarkable works' (Classic CD)

'Originally recorded and released in 1996 (CDA66864), Hyperion's decision to re-issue Nikolai Demidenko's performances of these sonatas on the Helios label is most welcome, and will hopefully bring renewed recognition to these superlative accounts. Demidenko is a formidable pianist, and from the fiery opening bars of the F-sharp-minor Sonata's first movement one senses that something special is about to unfold. The Introduzione finally leaves us in a state of hushed wonder, yielding to the restless commotion of the Allegro vivace. The texturing of Schumann's imitative piano figurations is electrifying, as is the ghostlike final appearance of the second subject in the tonic that brings the movement to an eerie close. A tranquil, ringing cantabile is achieved in the ensuing Aria, which contrasts starkly with the rhythmic dynamism of the iridescent Scherzo. The finale, with its Schubertian harmonic wanderings and its recitative-like Scherzo quotations, is equally captivating' (MusicalCriticism.com)

'Ce diable de Nikolaï Demidenko saisit l'occasion pour nous offrir une lecture de ses pages où le lyrisme le plus tendre le dispute à la violence la plus aiguë' (Diapason, France)



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>Schumann, Robert : Piano Soanta in F sharp minor, Op. 11
  • Performer: Nikolai Demidenko (Piano)
  • Notes: Snape Maltings, Suffolk, England (01/22/1996-01/24/1996)
  • Running Time: 33 min. 41 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Written: 1833-1835

>Schumann, Robert : Sonata for Piano no 3 in F minor ("Concerto Without Orchestra"), Op. 14
  • Performer: Nikolai Demidenko (Piano)
  • Notes: Snape Maltings, Suffolk, England (01/22/1996-01/24/1996)
  • Running Time: 16 min. 5 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Written: 1835-1836