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Offline Baron Scarpia

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Robert Schumann Piano Music sets
« on: March 04, 2020, 10:56:33 AM »

The question at hand, Le Sage or Demus, for a complete set of Schumann Piano music recordings. I love my Kempff, my Pollini; I like my Perahia, my Uchida. But if I want to hear it all, which do I choose?

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Re: Robert Schumann Piano Music sets
« Reply #1 on: March 04, 2020, 11:08:17 AM »
The question at hand, Le Sage or Demus, for a complete set of Schumann Piano music recordings. I love my Kempff, my Pollini; I like my Perahia, my Uchida. But if I want to hear it all, which do I choose?

With Le Sage you have better sound and not only the complete solo piano music but also the complete chamber music with piano. Looks like a no-brainer to me (Fwiw, I have them both).
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Re: Robert Schumann Piano Music sets
« Reply #2 on: March 04, 2020, 11:09:09 AM »
I'd probably go with Ciocarlie, but I've only heard about a third of it and none of Demus.

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Re: Robert Schumann Piano Music sets
« Reply #3 on: March 04, 2020, 11:48:17 AM »
Thanks to all for the replies. Now I seem to remember a fairly lively discussion of Ciocarlie here some time ago.

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« Reply #4 on: March 04, 2020, 11:52:29 AM »
The postman literally just delivered the Demus box yesterday, so I have no comment as of yet.  I chose it after greatly enjoying his Bach WTC... similar to you, I have partial Schumann sets from Kempff and Ashkenazy, and lots of superb single discs from Rubinstein, Richter, Arrau, etc..  But I like the idea of having everything by one pianist as a reference, and the price for Demus was certainly right....
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« Reply #5 on: March 04, 2020, 07:44:19 PM »
I don't have Le Sage or Ciocarlie. I have Demus and the Brilliant multi pianist box. Demus is very good. The Brilliant set is fairly good, but not worth the price Amazon MP thinks it's worth. [$898!  And $75 for the set with a different cover.]

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« Reply #6 on: March 04, 2020, 08:02:43 PM »
The Claves multi-pianist set featuring Cédric Pescia, Finghin Collins and a few other people is also definitely a contender in terms of quality, but not necessarily price (and also not complete yet I don't think).

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Re: Robert Schumann Piano Music sets
« Reply #7 on: March 06, 2020, 06:19:41 PM »
Thanks for all of the suggestions. I've decided to give Le Sage a try, taking into account comments on performance quality, recording quality, convenience, price, etc. The bottom line is that I am not seeking to find revelatory recordings of pieces I already love, but to satisfy my curiosity about the pieces that rarely get recorded or performed. What is missing from them? I have come to hold Schumann in high enough regard that I want to know.