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Schumann: Fantasiestücke, Op.2; Symphonic Etudes, Op. 13; Blumenstuck, Op. 19 / Freddy Kempf, piano

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> Fantasiestucke, Op. 12 - No. 1. Des Abends
> Fantasiestucke, Op. 12 - No. 2. Aufschwung
> Fantasiestucke, Op. 12 - No. 3. Warum?
> Fantasiestucke, Op. 12 - No. 4. Grillen
> Fantasiestucke, Op. 12 - No. 5. In der Nacht
> Fantasiestucke, Op. 12 - No. 6. Fabel
> Fantasiestucke, Op. 12 - No. 7. Traumes Wirren
> Fantasiestucke, Op. 12 - No. 8. Ende vom Lied
> Blumenstuck in D flat major, Op. 19 - Blumenstuck in D flat major, Op. 19
> Etudes symphoniques (Symphonic Etudes), Op. 13 - Thema: Andante
> Etudes symphoniques (Symphonic Etudes), Op. 13 - Etude 1: Un poco piu vivo
> Etudes symphoniques (Symphonic Etudes), Op. 13 - Anhang Variation 1
> Etudes symphoniques (Symphonic Etudes), Op. 13 - Etude 2: Espressivo
> Etudes symphoniques (Symphonic Etudes), Op. 13 - Etude 3: Vivace
> Etudes symphoniques (Symphonic Etudes), Op. 13 - Anhang Variation 3
> Etudes symphoniques (Symphonic Etudes), Op. 13 - Etude 4
> Etudes symphoniques (Symphonic Etudes), Op. 13 - Etude 5: Scherzando
> Etudes symphoniques (Symphonic Etudes), Op. 13 - Etude 6: Agitato
> Etudes symphoniques (Symphonic Etudes), Op. 13 - Etude 7: Allegro molto
> Etudes symphoniques (Symphonic Etudes), Op. 13 - Etude 8: Sempre marcatissimo
> Etudes symphoniques (Symphonic Etudes), Op. 13 - Anhang Variation 4
> Etudes symphoniques (Symphonic Etudes), Op. 13 - Etude 9: Presto possibile
> Etudes symphoniques (Symphonic Etudes), Op. 13 - Etude 10: Sempre con energia
> Etudes symphoniques (Symphonic Etudes), Op. 13 - Anhang Variation 5
> Etudes symphoniques (Symphonic Etudes), Op. 13 - Anhang Variation 2
> Etudes symphoniques (Symphonic Etudes), Op. 13 - Etude 11: Con espressione
> Etudes symphoniques (Symphonic Etudes), Op. 13 - Etude 12: Finale: Allegro brillante

Album Summary

>Schumann, Robert : Fantasiestücke, Op. 12
>Schumann, Robert : Blumenstück for Piano in D flat major, Op. 19
>Schumann, Robert : Symphonic Etudes for Piano, Op. 13
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Notes & Reviews:

The Guardian, 23rd May 2013
In the +tudes and the Fantasiestncke his playing veers between ravishing, delicately coloured poetry and an almost dismissive fierceness, so that the promise of what could be a very fine Schumann set is repeatedly snatched away. It's an exasperating, rather perplexing disc.

BBC Music Magazine, August 2013
There is real beauty to Kempf's sound, especially in the lyrical moments of the Fantasiestucke, and careful, intelligent voicing of the very contrapuntal Etudes Symphoniques...there's also rewarding flair which never seems to exist for its own sake, but pursues a larger total impression.

Gramophone Magazine, August 2013
Right from the opening notes of Freddy Kempf's new Schumann disc, you grasp what his approach will be, for his 'Des Abends' that launches Op. 12 is striking in its dreaminess...The most successful thing here is the Blumenstuck, which is charmingly played, though not a match for Horowitz.

Notes & Reviews:

Recording information: Potton Hall, Saxmundham, Suffolk, England (09/2012).



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Works Details

>Schumann, Robert : Fantasiestücke, Op. 12
  • Performer: Freddy Kempf (Piano)
  • Running Time: 27 min. 19 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Written: 1837

>Schumann, Robert : Blumenstück for Piano in D flat major, Op. 19
  • Performer: Freddy Kempf (Piano)
  • Running Time: 6 min. 51 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Written: 1839

>Schumann, Robert : Symphonic Etudes for Piano, Op. 13
  • Performer: Freddy Kempf (Piano)
  • Running Time: 22 min. 27 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Written: 1834-1861