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Quote from: Herman on September 17, 2010, 09:29:28 PMAre you sure about this? I have never checked a library to see the actual inches on the shelf, but I would not consider Schumann's piano solo output small.
Quote from: Mandryka on September 17, 2010, 11:43:27 PMYou mean the LP or the CD?If it's the LP, could you please transfer it beautifully and upload it for me I think Moiseiwitsch was good in Schumann -- but the CD of Kreisleriana doesn't do much for me. I've heard the LP is much better.I would love to hear this
Quote from: mjwal on September 18, 2010, 08:24:10 AMTo reply to Mandryka's question about the late piano works: among the latter I am fascinated by Op. 133, particularly No.1, Im ruhigen Tempo.
Quote from: mjwal on September 18, 2010, 08:24:10 AM. . . with an obsessively muttering percussive bass line down below that sounds more like woodblocks than a piano's lower keys. And so there is a rich counterpoint of Klangfarbe (clangtint, as Adrian Corleonis used to say on Fanfare) which is maintained throughout the work, undercutting any tendency for it to be merely a romantic effusion . . .
Quote from: Drasko on September 18, 2010, 12:34:19 AMOp. 20: Humoreske - Feinberg, Horowitz
Quote from: Mandryka on September 18, 2010, 10:36:39 AMThere are a handful of recordings of Opus 17 which mean a lot to me.Sofronitsky's 1951 Russian Conservatory performance has less than perfect sound. But it doesn't matter, because for sheer physical, spiritual, technical concentration, for eloquence eloquent singing, this is very marvellous. Glorious especially in the extraordinary profoundly dark, shaded Etwas bewegter of II.
Quote from: Mandryka on September 18, 2010, 10:36:39 AMIs Feinberg on CD in this? I cans ee it's on youtube.
Quote from: Holden on September 17, 2010, 04:00:43 PMYou can hear/watch Fiorentino in Op 17 hereMy research tends to suggest that he played this in Naples in 1979 or is it a recording of his famous German1993 concert?Anyway, his two CDs areit's worth going to Amazon's site to read the reviewsandThis recording was rated by IPQ as the best ever from over 60 including the famous Richter's. I still have a soft spot for the live recording (the CD has much better sound than the Youtube clips). There is something more atmospheric that really lends itself to this, my favourite Schumann piano work.
Quote from: Drasko on September 18, 2010, 01:15:05 PMYes, Arlecchino or Japanese Triton. Both oop.
Quote from: Mandryka on September 17, 2010, 12:30:47 AMI'm keen to hear Edwin Fischer's Schumann Fantasie, but as far as I can see it's completely unavailable except through a highly priced big Schumann box from andante.
Quote from: Dancing Divertimentian on September 18, 2010, 08:29:35 PMHolden, Do you have both the live Fiorentino and studio in Op.17? I have the live and agree it's out-of-this-world amazing! What is it about the studio that might lead IPQ to pick this one over the live? Is the sound perhaps better? The sound however on the live is quite good so I'm hard-pressed to see this as a factor.Listening to Fiorentino live in the Fantasy I'm not sure where he could actually improve on himself. His sound is big yet intimate, he's nimble, songful, deep, angular - in short, all-around incredible. Does he ACTUALLY improve on himself in the studio?
Quote from: Holden on September 19, 2010, 12:13:58 AMSo why did IPQ not rate it in their survey? I suspect that they probably hadn't heard it. It would be interesting to see if anyone has actually read that IPQ review
Quote from: Drasko on September 18, 2010, 12:34:19 AMOp. 15: Kinderszenen - Moiseiwitsch
QuoteOp. 16: Kreisleriana - Brand,
Quote from: Holden on September 19, 2010, 12:13:58 AMYes I have both and listened to them yesterday to compare them after posting to this thread..Studio - 1996 (IPQs favourite). This is exceptionally well played and is blemish free. The Langsam is absolutely beautiful and I can't think of anybody who plays it like SF. The recorded sound is superb and the brings out the gorgeous sound of the instrument that Fiorentino uses.Live 1993 - this is not blemish free and there is the odd finger slip but nothing that 'jars' the ears. The sound quality is slightly recessed (but still very acceptable). The performance is just out of this world. You listen to the 1996 recording and hear the first movement and you think "wow"! You then listen to the live version and the former now sounds perfunctory in comparison. All three movements are an improvement on 1996 and that is really hard to achieve. All I can think is that the live venue brought out that little bit extra from Sergio.So why did IPQ not rate it in their survey? I suspect that they probably hadn't heard it. It would be interesting to see if anyone has actually read that IPQ review
Quote from: RexRichter on September 20, 2010, 06:16:48 PMSome of you may be curious what our younger pianists have been doing as of late (though I think it's already been posted): http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EpvZ1l2CfTY&feature=related
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