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Schumann: Fantasiestucke; Kreisleriana; Brahms: Theme & Variations from String Sextet no 1 / Imogen Cooper, piano

> 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
> Theme with Variations (arr. of String Sextet No. 1 in B flat major, Op. 18: II. Andante ma moderato) - Theme with Variations (arr. of String Sextet No. 1 in B flat major, Op. 18: II. Andante ma moderato)
> Kreisleriana, Op. 16 - I. Ausserst bewegt
> Kreisleriana, Op. 16 - II. Sehr innig und nicht zu rasch
> Kreisleriana, Op. 16 - III. Sehr aufgeregt
> Kreisleriana, Op. 16 - IV. Sehr langsam
> Kreisleriana, Op. 16 - V. Sehr lebhaft
> Kreisleriana, Op. 16 - VI. Sehr langsam
> Kreisleriana, Op. 16 - VII. Sehr rasch
> Kreisleriana, Op. 16 - VIII. Schnell und spielend

Album Summary

>Schumann, Robert : Fantasiestücke, Op. 12
>Brahms, Johannes : Theme and Variations for Piano in D minor
>Schumann, Robert : Kreisleriana
Performer Composers

Notes & Reviews:

This is Volume 1 in Imogen Cooper's new series on Chandos Records, dedicated to the complete works for piano by Robert Schumann. Recognized worldwide as a pianist of virtuosity and poetic poise, Imogen Cooper has established a reputation as one of the finest interpreters of the classical and romantic repertoire. She has dazzled audiences and orchestras throughout her distinguished career, bringing to the concert platform a unique musical understanding and lyrical quality.

Gramophone Magazine, March 2013
[in Op. 12] she relishes the haunting ebb and flow of 'Des Abends' and finds her way to the very heart of the composer in the delectably pointed romantic polyphony in the central section of 'In der Nacht'...the steadiness provides an always musicianly alternative to speed or hysteria...you remain grateful for the way Cooper tempers Schumann's hallucinatory art with her own more basic and fundamental musicianship.

American Record Guide, July/August 2013
Schumann is justly celebrated as a contemporary composer's composer. The two tendencies are on display to a great degree in the Kreisleriana, which I think is my of his favorite solo piano works. Steeped in German romanticism, Schliessmann sees the music as complex and mysterious. Cooper is a fine pianist (I love her Mozart) and she delivers careful readings of the music.

BBC Music Magazine, April 2013
Throughout this superlative recital, Imogen Cooper's artistic sensibility - highly personal, interpretatively penetrating, yet never didactic - reflects a sympathy with the music so intimate and compelling that it seems for the most part to transcend the very concept of interpretation...for me, the highpoint of this marvellous release is her playing of the Brahms transcription...Forget that old canard that Brahms is 'thick'. The sound here is positively luminous.

The Guardian, 21st March 2013
[Cooper] proves a wonderfully tactful and sympathetic guide to the boundless imagination of the piano writing. Other pianists may make this music sound more virtuosic or more winsome, but she projects the emotional turbulence of the fifth of the Fantasiestücke without making it overwrought.

MusicWeb International, 30th April 2013
Cooper manages to capture just the right mood [in the Brahms Variations], emphasizing the dark hues. Her playing has great virtuosity and is highly polished.

Notes & Reviews:

Recording information: Snape Maltings Concert Hall, Suffolk, England (07/23/2012-07/26/2012).



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Works Details

>Schumann, Robert : Fantasiestücke, Op. 12
  • Performer: Imogen Cooper (Piano)
  • Notes: Snape Maltings Concert Hall, Suffolk, England (07/23/2012-07/26/2012)
  • Running Time: 27 min. 9 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Written: 1837

>Brahms, Johannes : Theme and Variations for Piano in D minor
  • Performer: Imogen Cooper (Piano)
  • Notes: Snape Maltings Concert Hall, Suffolk, England (07/23/2012-07/26/2012)
  • Running Time: 10 min. 33 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Written: 1860

>Schumann, Robert : Kreisleriana
  • Performer: Imogen Cooper (Piano)
  • Notes: Snape Maltings Concert Hall, Suffolk, England (07/23/2012-07/26/2012)
  • Running Time: 34 min. 22 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Written: 1838