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Kreisleriana / Gesange Fruhe / Allegro in B Minor [Import]

Maurizio Pollini , R. Schumann Audio CD
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listen  1. Schumann: Allegro in B minor, Op.8 9:13$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  2. Schumann: Kreisleriana, Op.16 - 1. Äusserst bewegt 2:03$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  3. Schumann: Kreisleriana, Op.16 - 2. Sehr innig und nicht zu rasch - Intermezzo I (Sehr lebhaft) - Tempo I - Intermezzo II (Etwas bewegter) - Tempo I 7:18$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  4. Schumann: Kreisleriana, Op.16 - 3. Sehr aufgeregt 4:21$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  5. Schumann: Kreisleriana, Op.16 - 4. Sehr langsam 3:18$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  6. Schumann: Kreisleriana, Op.16 - 5. Sehr lebhaft 2:57$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  7. Schumann: Kreisleriana, Op.16 - 6. Sehr langsam 3:54$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  8. Schumann: Kreisleriana, Op.16 - 7. Sehr rasch 2:08$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  9. Schumann: Kreisleriana, Op.16 - 8. Schnell und spielend 3:08$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen10. Schumann: Gesänge der Frühe, Op.133 (1853) - 1. Im ruhigen Tempo 2:10$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen11. Schumann: Gesänge der Frühe, Op.133 (1853) - 2. Belebt, nicht zu rasch 1:32$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen12. Schumann: Gesänge der Frühe, Op.133 (1853) - 3. Lebhaft 2:01$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen13. Schumann: Gesänge der Frühe, Op.133 (1853) - 4. Bewegt 1:45$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen14. Schumann: Gesänge der Frühe, Op.133 (1853) - 5. Im Anfang ruhiges, im Verlauf bewegtes Tempo 2:20$0.99  Buy MP3 

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Perhaps more of an advocate for contemporary music than any other major pianist essentially rooted in traditional repertory, Maurizio Pollini was born in Milan, Italy. He learned quickly and was given piano lessons from Carlo Lonati from an early age, making his public debut at the age of nine. Enrolling in the Milan Conservatory, he studied with Carlo Vidusso. In 1957 he performed a recital ... Read more in Amazon's Maurizio Pollini Store

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  • Composer: R. Schumann
  • Audio CD (April 23, 2002)
  • SPARS Code: DDD
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Import
  • Label: Dg Imports
  • ASIN: B00005YX6F
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #203,862 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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5.0 out of 5 stars Splendid Schumann From Pollini December 29, 2002
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This new recording from Maurizio Pollini certainly ranks among his best, and is also a personal favorite. Here he seems to infuse better a bit more lyricism and warmth than I have heard him on some of his recent recordings. His exquisite playing of Schumann's "Kreisleriana" is among the most vibrant, dynamic performances I've heard; it could easily be the best. But the others, especially the Allegro in B minor are just as fine. It's a shame you have to pay a premium price for less than 50 minutes worth of music, but in Pollini's hands, it is a price worth paying.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Wonderfully clear Kreisleriana June 16, 2009
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My first exposure to Kreisleriana was via the 1985 Horowitz recording, which many had raved about. I wasn't particularly impressed by the piece, but I went ahead and purchased the Pollini recording based purely on past experience with Pollini and Schumann. I've been thrilled with that decision. Pollini's interpretation quickly raised Kreisleriana to masterpiece status in my library.

Out of curiosity I listened to the Argerich recording as well, and while I prefer it to Horowitz, it still lacks the clarity that Pollini provides. I absolutely agree with a previous reviewer who called this one of Pollini's finest recordings.
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5.0 out of 5 stars With Apollo on top of mount Olympus May 27, 2014
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This album is at the same time a source of great joy and sadness. On the one hand we get another example of Pollini's unmatched skills among current Schumann interpreters. Yet, the DG website mentioned that with this release the master of Apollonic pianism has completed recording all works by Schumann that are part of his repertoire.
This cd, that offers a meager amount of 48 minutes of music, contains two works from Schumann's early period, the Allegro in B minor, Op.8 and the ever popular Kreisleriana, Op. 16, in combination with the Gesänge der Frühe, Op. 133, that Robert wrote three years before his untimely death. Not only does this cd contain the best version that is available of these works, it is among the best in Pollini's stellar discography.
The Allegro gets an interpretation that provides a perfect balance between the young Schumann's melodic capabilities and his edgy flamboyance. Maurizio follows the dynamic instructions in the score with utmost precision and with a rhythmic assurance that befits the "King of Boulez' 2nd piano sonata".
The Kreisleriana is a work that is well represented in the catalog and competes with the Carnaval and the Kinderszenen for the title of Schumann's most popular work for piano solo. Many great performances are available, until this disc Horowitz' 1st recoding on CBS was my favorite. Pollini is one of a kind in fleshing out the architecture of works from the romantic era and it should come as no surprise that he is able to give this emotional roller coaster a level of coherence that it has never had before. Some may claim that some of the tempi, e.g.
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5 of 21 people found the following review helpful
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Schumann is always difficult to interpret if you by chance stray too far into the melancholic nostalgic realm all you get is unwanted/wonted sap,grist for the mill of foregetting what your poor soul is experiencing. If you bring some sort of madness,some place you inhabit at some extremity of desire that Lacan might anlayze then you stand a chance of making some fascinating readings as Michelangeli has so admirably done,some years ago. I always sense in Pollini that he brings his affinity for pure timbre,all that modern repertoire that he played laways in his early career when he was not an international star yet, the love of sound for its own sake is what attracts Pollini to music; ignoring what the music might be saying, as if he's telling us ". . . that will happen anyway, no sense overdoing something that is already there". Here he lets his immpecable technique come to his aid, so at first we are overwhelmed by the scope the magnificent power of blazing resonance, then we look for content, and in Schumann I;m afraid content is sometimes forsakened for whatever else. Schumann has vacuous areas, dead areas that simply lay there on the page,and but he saved Romanticism by proclaiming that the intropsective, the private,the Lied, the moments of reflections by oneself are as important as the collective philosophic symphonic proportions that Beethoven had stolen. Pollini came late to all the romantics,his Brahms and Schubert as well. I think he has had time to ponder what to do with this literature, and this is one marvelous example.
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