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Robert Schumann: Das Gesamte Etüdenwerk für Klavier

Album Summary

>Schumann, Robert : Etudes (6) after Caprices of Paganini for piano, Op. 3
>Schumann, Robert : Concert Etudes (6) after Caprices of Paganini, for piano, Op. 10
>Schumann, Robert : Symphonic Etudes for Piano, Op. 13
>Schumann, Robert : Studies in the Form of Free Variations on a Theme of Beethoven, for piano, WoO 31
>Schumann, Robert : Etudes (6) in Canon Form for pedal piano, Op. 56
>Schumann, Robert : Sketches (4) for pedal piano, Op. 58
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Notes & Reviews:

Lev Vinocour has left audiences and critics throughout the world in &dbquo;no doubt that he is one of the finest piano virtuosi of our time“. &dbquo;Dazzling“, &dbquo;unsurpassable“, &dbquo;phenomenal“, have become commonplace epithets for critics attempting to put into words his literally breath-taking musicianship. The 2009 German encyclopaedia “The great pianists of the present” lists Vinocour among the “rare species of intellectual virtuosi”. His pianistic art does not rely on the cliché-ridden type of romantic piano playing. A German critic recently wrote about his performance of Chopin‘s Etudes: &dbquo;what Vinocour unveils is so unusual and new, that even a connoisseur of these works meets with a listening experience of a very special sort“. It is not surprising, therefore, that he has been likened on several occasions to such pianistic giants as Martha Argerich and Friedrich GuIda. Born in St. Petersburg and Moscow Conservatoire trained, the pianist first came to the attention of the musical world through a long string of international competition successes. Since that time, Lev Vinocour has been a regular soloist on many of the major platforms throughout all continents. It is this unique combination of depth of feeling, intellect, wit, intuition and virtuosity that makes Lev Vinocour‘s pianistic art so distinctive and has won the hearts and minds of audiences throughout the world, from Iceland to the Cape of Good Hope. This triple CD album of Schumann‘s Complete Etudes was awarded the ‚‘Preis der deutschen Schallplattenkritik‘‘ in 2003.

American Record Guide, March/April 2015
Vinocour dispatches these fiendishly difficult works with ease: Etude 2 of the Concert Etudes shows a good sense of phrasing and clearly articulated voicings. His bold approach in the more familiar Symphonic Etudes is refreshing. Vinocour is very expressive. In the Beethoven Variations, based on the Allegretto movement of his Symphony 7, he plays with grit and finesse as appropriate. Vinocour's care makes this a worthwhile purchase. The detailed liner notes offer fascinating historical context behind these works in German and English.

Notes & Reviews:

Recording information: Telos Music Studios Mechernich-Floisdorf, Germany (2002-01-10&2002-01-11&2002-).



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Works Details

>Schumann, Robert : Etudes (6) after Caprices of Paganini for piano, Op. 3
  • Performer: Lev Vinocour (Piano)
  • Notes: Telos Music Studios Mechernich-Floisdorf, Germany (2002-01-10&2002-01-11&2002-)
  • Running Time: 14 min. 19 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Written: 1832

>Schumann, Robert : Concert Etudes (6) after Caprices of Paganini, for piano, Op. 10
  • Performer: Lev Vinocour (Piano)
  • Notes: Telos Music Studios Mechernich-Floisdorf, Germany (2002-01-10&2002-01-11&2002-)
  • Running Time: 30 min. 2 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Written: 1833

>Schumann, Robert : Symphonic Etudes for Piano, Op. 13
  • Performer: Lev Vinocour (Piano)
  • Notes: Telos Music Studios Mechernich-Floisdorf, Germany (2002-01-10&2002-01-11&2002-)
  • Running Time: 42 min. 48 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Written: 1834-1861

>Schumann, Robert : Studies in the Form of Free Variations on a Theme of Beethoven, for piano, WoO 31
  • Performer: Lev Vinocour (Piano)
  • Notes: Telos Music Studios Mechernich-Floisdorf, Germany (2002-01-10&2002-01-11&2002-)
  • Running Time: 1 min. 7 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Written: 1833

>Schumann, Robert : Etudes (6) in Canon Form for pedal piano, Op. 56
  • Performer: Lev Vinocour (Piano)
  • Notes: Telos Music Studios Mechernich-Floisdorf, Germany (2002-01-10&2002-01-11&2002-)
  • Running Time: 19 min. 29 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Written: 1845

>Schumann, Robert : Sketches (4) for pedal piano, Op. 58
  • Performer: Lev Vinocour (Piano)
  • Notes: Telos Music Studios Mechernich-Floisdorf, Germany (2002-01-10&2002-01-11&2002-)
  • Running Time: 15 min. 34 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Written: 1845