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Schumann: Fantaisie, Op. 17; Kreisleriana, Op. 16 / Joaquin Achucarro, piano

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>Schumann, Robert : Fantasia in C major, Op. 17
>Schumann, Robert : Kreisleriana

Album Summary

>Schumann, Robert : Fantasia in C major, Op. 17
>Schumann, Robert : Kreisleriana
Performer Composer

Notes & Reviews:

One of the most important Spanish pianists today, Joaquín Achúccaro has made his mark with recordings of Granados's Goyescas and Falla's Nights in the Gardens of Spain. However, one would be remiss to categorize him as merely a specialist in Spanish music since German music by composers such as Beethoven, Brahms and Schumann features prominently in his repertoire. Extraordinarily attentive to the specificities of Schumann's rhythms, Achúccaro's recording of the Fantaisie and the Kreisleriana highlights the essence of these works, made even more fascinating by the exceptional richness of his touch.

American Record Guide, July/August 2013
Also classy is the wonderfully imaginative, splendidly paced performance of Kreisleriana, with all eight sections brilliantly showing the different sides of Schumann's personality. The rapid movements are particularly impressive in this pianist's hands. A similar case is the Fantasy. This is a sweeping performance, and one that lifts the spirit without weighing down the argument. II pushes the music forward while maintaining its concentration on grandeur and beauty of execution. Yes, this is another really wonderful performance of what is probably the composer's magnum opus for solo piano. Choosing just one recording is impossible.

Notes & Reviews:

Recording information: Madrid, Santa Maria del Bosque (10/2003).



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Works Details

>Schumann, Robert : Fantasia in C major, Op. 17
  • Performer: Joaquin Achucarro (Piano)
  • Running Time: 35 min. sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Written: 1836

>Schumann, Robert : Kreisleriana
  • Performer: Joaquin Achucarro (Piano)
  • Running Time: 35 min. 14 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Written: 1838