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Offline Mandryka

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Re: Schumann solo piano music
« Reply #240 on: March 10, 2020, 01:38:03 PM »
Re Richter's Schumann, he explored quite a lot of Schumann in the final part of his career, after his heart trouble. That's when his piano playing is  interesting for me. There's a recording of the op 23 Nachtstucke here which I like a lot. He digs deep, as it were, it's probing.



In his day his Schumann was really well received, and he played all the big war horses, including the Fantasy Op 17. For me, it's once again the late recordings which matter most, because what's striking in those performances, is the depth of feeling rather than the technique. There's only one late op 17 I know and I like it very much, here



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« Reply #241 on: March 10, 2020, 04:32:57 PM »
Re Richter's Schumann, he explored quite a lot of Schumann in the final part of his career, after his heart trouble.

If you have heart troubles stick with Schumann, no more Schubert. Doctor's orders.l

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Re: Schumann solo piano music
« Reply #242 on: March 10, 2020, 04:41:47 PM »
Re Richter's Schumann, he explored quite a lot of Schumann in the final part of his career, after his heart trouble. That's when his piano playing is  interesting for me. There's a recording of the op 23 Nachtstucke here which I like a lot. He digs deep, as it were, it's probing.




I have this set, which contains performances from 8th July 1986 in Odd Fellow Palæet, Copenhagen, the same year as the CD above. I'll give it a spin soon, it's been awhile.
 

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Re: Schumann solo piano music
« Reply #243 on: March 10, 2020, 10:22:32 PM »
I have this set, which contains performances from 8th July 1986 in Odd Fellow Palæet, Copenhagen, the same year as the CD above. I'll give it a spin soon, it's been awhile.
 


I just found a crazy turbulent Nachtstucke from Natan Brand, bad sound.
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Re: Schumann solo piano music
« Reply #244 on: March 11, 2020, 12:37:37 AM »
To me, the greatest performance of a Schumann piano work - and he did it twice. The amazing and not that well known Sergio Fiorentino.

This one on December 14 1992 which is a studio recording from Berlin



And there's this recorded live in Germany almost exactly a year later December 12 1993 in Paderborn



I feel that the live recording slightly shades the studio but it's very close.

The Studio recording is available on Spotify.
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« Reply #245 on: March 11, 2020, 07:58:21 AM »
This looks quite comprehensive, j winter, probably listen first to all this before you get more ;) (I should do the same myself :D )


Sound advice  $:)   I am definitely keeping a list for later, though.... thanks to all for the suggestions!


I really like this set

I got it from a friend who upgraded to this box:



That said, I am seriously contemplating pulling the trigger on the above bargain box.  Looks like lots of good stuff in there besides the Schumann...
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And his affections dark as Erebus.
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Re: Schumann solo piano music
« Reply #246 on: March 11, 2020, 08:55:17 AM »
I also "upgraded" to the larger Egorov Box after having owned the twofer before, but this was many years ago. But for me the Schumann recordings remained the most important/impressive from the box.
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« Reply #247 on: March 11, 2020, 09:03:19 AM »
My latest Schumann obsession is Papillons, and I just listened to Erogov's recording. Splendid, just wonderful.



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Re: Schumann solo piano music
« Reply #248 on: March 11, 2020, 12:35:22 PM »


The Nachtstucke here is really really outstanding.

If I remember correctly it was part of his first Schumann CD, made before the Alpha project was started, but later incorporated into Alpha. It also had Fantasiestucke, Kinderszenen and Gesänge der Frühe. I can't find an image of the original CD

Anyway, this is an extraordinary performance.
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« Reply #249 on: March 11, 2020, 02:18:11 PM »
I don't know if the older recordings were included in the Alpha set, or some of them, but here is the double with the 1996 and 2001 recordings on RCA

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« Reply #250 on: March 11, 2020, 02:36:27 PM »
The timings for the old one are

5,45
5,25
3,32
5,00

I'm not sure if he remade it for the complete set.
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Re: Schumann solo piano music
« Reply #251 on: March 12, 2020, 12:39:00 AM »
I can't compare because I only have the disc I linked to, not the Alpha set.
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Re: Schumann solo piano music
« Reply #252 on: March 12, 2020, 10:01:22 AM »
The timings for the old one are

5,45
5,25
3,32
5,00

I'm not sure if he remade it for the complete set.
Exact match with the Alpha apart from more silence in the last track.
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« Reply #253 on: March 12, 2020, 10:25:29 AM »
Exact match with the Alpha apart from more silence in the last track.

Any thoughts on why he recorded it twice? They seem very similar to me.
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« Reply #254 on: March 12, 2020, 10:50:25 AM »
Any thoughts on why he recorded it twice? They seem very similar to me.
Contractual reasons spring to mind, or maybe Le Sage just wanted to record the piece again even if his interpretation hadn't changed over time, for the sake of unity or whatever.
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Re: Schumann solo piano music
« Reply #255 on: March 12, 2020, 12:20:16 PM »
Sound advice  $:)   I am definitely keeping a list for later, though.... thanks to all for the suggestions!


That said, I am seriously contemplating pulling the trigger on the above bargain box.  Looks like lots of good stuff in there besides the Schumann...

I own it and highly recommend it.
Cheers

Holden