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Robert Schumann: Geistervariationen / András Schiff, piano

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  1. Robert Schumann — Papillons, Op. 2: Introduzione. Moderato - I. $1.29 on iTunes
  2. Robert Schumann — Papillons, Op. 2: II. Prestissimo $1.29 on iTunes
  3. Robert Schumann — Papillons, Op. 2: III. $1.29 on iTunes
  4. Robert Schumann — Papillons, Op. 2: IV. Presto $1.29 on iTunes
  5. Robert Schumann — Papillons, Op. 2: V. $1.29 on iTunes
  6. Robert Schumann — Papillons, Op. 2: VI. $1.29 on iTunes
  7. Robert Schumann — Papillons, Op. 2: VII. Semplice $1.29 on iTunes
  8. Robert Schumann — Papillons, Op. 2: VIII. $1.29 on iTunes
  9. Robert Schumann — Papillons, Op. 2: IX. Prestissimo $1.29 on iTunes
  10. Robert Schumann — Papillons, Op. 2: X. Vivo $1.29 on iTunes
  11. Robert Schumann — Papillons, Op. 2: XI. $1.29 on iTunes
  12. Robert Schumann — Papillons, Op. 2: XII. Finale $1.29 on iTunes
  13. Robert Schumann — Piano Sonata No. 1 in F-Sharp Minor, Op. 11: I. Introduzione. Un poco adagio - Allegro vivace
  14. Robert Schumann — Piano Sonata No. 1 in F-Sharp Minor, Op. 11: II. Aria $1.29 on iTunes
  15. Robert Schumann — Piano Sonata No. 1 in F-Sharp Minor, Op. 11: III. Scherzo e intermezzo. Allegrissimo $1.29 on iTunes
  16. Robert Schumann — Piano Sonata No. 1 in F-Sharp Minor, Op. 11: IV. Finale. Allegro un poco maestoso
  17. Robert Schumann — Kinderszenen, Op. 15: Von fremden Ländern und Menschen $1.29 on iTunes
  18. Robert Schumann — Kinderszenen, Op. 15: Kuriose Geschichte $1.29 on iTunes
  19. Robert Schumann — Kinderszenen, Op. 15: Hasche-Mann $1.29 on iTunes
  20. Robert Schumann — Kinderszenen, Op. 15: Bittendes Kind $1.29 on iTunes
  21. Robert Schumann — Kinderszenen, Op. 15: Glückes genug $1.29 on iTunes
  22. Robert Schumann — Kinderszenen, Op. 15: Wichtige Begebenheit $1.29 on iTunes
  23. Robert Schumann — Kinderszenen, Op. 15: Träumerei $1.29 on iTunes
  24. Robert Schumann — Kinderszenen, Op. 15: Am Kamin $1.29 on iTunes
  25. Robert Schumann — Kinderszenen, Op. 15: Ritter vom Steckenpferd $1.29 on iTunes
  26. Robert Schumann — Kinderszenen, Op. 15: Fast zu ernst $1.29 on iTunes
  27. Robert Schumann — Kinderszenen, Op. 15: Fürchtenmachen $1.29 on iTunes
  28. Robert Schumann — Kinderszenen, Op. 15: Kind im Einschlummern $1.29 on iTunes
  29. Robert Schumann — Kinderszenen, Op. 15: Der Dichter spricht $1.29 on iTunes
  30. Robert Schumann — Fantasie in C, Op. 17: I. Durchaus phantastisch und leidenschaftlich vorzutragen
  31. Robert Schumann — Fantasie in C, Op. 17: II. Mäßig $1.29 on iTunes
  32. Robert Schumann — Fantasie in C, Op. 17: III. Langsam getragen
  33. Robert Schumann — Waldszenen, Op. 82: Eintritt $1.29 on iTunes
  34. Robert Schumann — Waldszenen, Op. 82: Jäger auf der Lauer $1.29 on iTunes
  35. Robert Schumann — Waldszenen, Op. 82: Einsame Blumen $1.29 on iTunes
  36. Robert Schumann — Waldszenen, Op. 82: Verrufene Stelle $1.29 on iTunes
  37. Robert Schumann — Waldszenen, Op. 82: Freundliche Landschaft $1.29 on iTunes
  38. Robert Schumann — Waldszenen, Op. 82: Herberge $1.29 on iTunes
  39. Robert Schumann — Waldszenen, Op. 82: Vogel als Prophet $1.29 on iTunes
  40. Robert Schumann — Waldszenen, Op. 82: Jadglied $1.29 on iTunes
  41. Robert Schumann — Waldszenen, Op. 82: Abschied $1.29 on iTunes
  42. Robert Schumann — Thema mit Variations (Geistervariations): Tema. Leise: Innig $1.29 on iTunes
  43. Robert Schumann — Thema mit Variations (Geistervariations): Variation I $1.29 on iTunes
  44. Robert Schumann — Thema mit Variations (Geistervariations): Variation: II. Canonisch $1.29 on iTunes
  45. Robert Schumann — Thema mit Variations (Geistervariations): Variation: III. Etwas belebter $1.29 on iTunes
  46. Robert Schumann — Thema mit Variations (Geistervariations): Variation IV $1.29 on iTunes
  47. Robert Schumann — Thema mit Variations (Geistervariations): Variation V $1.29 on iTunes
  48. Robert Schumann — Fantasie in C, Op. 17: III. Langsam getragen

Album Summary

>Schumann, Robert : Moderato
>Schumann, Robert : Piano Soanta in F sharp minor, Op. 11
>Schumann, Robert : Kinderszenen, Op. 15
>Schumann, Robert : Fantasia in C major, Op. 17
>Schumann, Robert : Waldszenen (Forest Scenes), for piano, Op. 82
>Schumann, Robert : Variations on an original theme, for piano in E flat major ("Geister-Variationen"), WoO 24
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Notes & Reviews:

A decade after his highly acclaimed 'In Concert' album (4721192), master pianist András Schiff continues his documentation of Robert Schumann's music in a specially-priced 2-CD set recorded in Germany at Neumarkt's Reutstadl.

The repertoire includes Papillons op. 2, the Piano Sonata No 1 in F sharp minor op. 11, Kinderszenen (Scenes from Childhood) op. 15, the Fantasy in C major op. 17, Waldszenen (Forest Scenes) op. 82, and the Thema mit Variationen, also known as Geistervariationen. Schiff's recording presents a revelatory reinvestigation of this enormously influential Romantic music. Schiff, one of the greatest pianists of our era, traces the development of Schumann's piano music, from the early Papillons, written when Schumann was 19, all the way to the final Geistervariationen, "ghost variations" which the composer believed were dictated to him by angels. The Fantasy in C Major is heard with alternate endings: as well as the official published version, Schiff includes a preliminary one he finds more musically convincing. The pianist gives his thoughts on the matter in a very interesting note in the CD booklet which also gives background information by Wolf-Dieter Seiffert on each of the compositions.

András Schiff, born in Budapest in 1953, puts a strong focus on cyclic performances of the important piano works by the masters from Bach to Bártok. His wide-ranging discography on ECM includes works by Schumann, Schubert, Janácek, Bach, Mozart and many others.

Schiff's complete Beethoven sonata cycle, performed in 15 major musical centres worldwide, was completed in April 2009. He works annually with his own chamber orchestra, the Cappella Andrea Barca, the Philharmonia and the Chamber Orchestra of Europe. Schiff records exclusively for ECM New Series. His many best-selling albums for the label include his acclaimed account of J.S. Bach's Goldberg Variations.

"[The Ghost Variations] make a touching ending to a series of wonderfully thoughtful and carefully detailed performances. In Schiff's hands, the F sharp minor Sonata becomes much more introspective than usual. But Schumann lovers will be most intrigued by his account of the great C major Fantasy. Here, rather than the familiar ending, he plays what appears to have been Schumann's original idea." -The Guardian

"Schiff's exquisite double-disc recital takes its title from the Ghost Variations of 1854, composed to a theme dictated by angels in the hallucinatory days before Schumann threw himself into the Rhine...Schiff is too subtle a musician to allow a single thesis to dominate. Yet the fine line between dream and delusion can be felt elsewhere, not least the C major Fantasy" -The Independent on Sunday

Hungarian pianist András Schiff has been revisiting some of the core repertoire with which he first made his name. This ECM two disc set offers a revelatory Schumann recital – this label’s typically dour cover art giving little hint of the vibrancy and colour of Schiff’s playing. Papillons and the Kinderszenen are both performed with unshowy sincerity – Schiff’s lightness of touch in the miniatures which make up Papillons is a delight, and Kinderszenen never sounds clichéd – this is the sweetest, sincerest Träumerai I’ve heard. Schiff also gives us the nine Waldszenen – Vogel als Prophet has a probing, improvisatory feel, and the Jagdlied has bounce and swagger.

The disc takes its name from the 1854 Geistervariationen, their theme supposedly dictated to an ailing Schumann by angels. That the melody itself is so unshowy, so simple comes as a slight disappointment, and after the bravura of the earlier works it’s startling to hear how subdued and subtle Schumann’s five short variations are. The big attraction of the set is the C Major Fantasy, a sonata in all but name. In 1975, Schiff managed to track down a copy of the work’s original ending, languishing in a Budapest library. Here, the Beethoven quotation used in the work’s first movement is recalled in the closing minutes. It works beautifully, and Schiff also gives us Schumann’s original close as a comparism. There’s also a powerful account of the F# minor Sonata. Astonishing playing, stunningly recorded and very well annotated.

Notes & Reviews:

Recording information: Historischer Reitstadel, Neumarkt (06/2010).



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Works Details

>Schumann, Robert : Moderato
  • Performer: Andras Schiff (Piano)
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Written: 1829-1831

>Schumann, Robert : Piano Soanta in F sharp minor, Op. 11
  • Performer: Andras Schiff (Piano)
  • Running Time: 33 min. 25 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Written: 1833-1835

>Schumann, Robert : Kinderszenen, Op. 15
  • Performer: Andras Schiff (Piano)
  • Running Time: 13 min. 5 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Written: 1838

>Schumann, Robert : Fantasia in C major, Op. 17
  • Performer: Andras Schiff (Piano)
  • Running Time: 41 min. 32 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Written: 1836

>Schumann, Robert : Waldszenen (Forest Scenes), for piano, Op. 82
  • Performer: Andras Schiff (Piano)
  • Running Time: 20 min. 8 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Written: 1848-1849

>Schumann, Robert : Variations on an original theme, for piano in E flat major ("Geister-Variationen"), WoO 24
  • Performer: Andras Schiff (Piano)
  • Running Time: 9 min. sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Written: 1854

>Schumann, Robert : Fantasia in C major, Op. 17
  • Performer: Andras Schiff (Piano)
  • Running Time: 41 min. 32 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Written: 1836