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Piano Works

Robert Schumann , Wilhelm Kempff Audio CD
4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)


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  • Performer: Wilhelm Kempff
  • Composer: Robert Schumann
  • Audio CD (February 11, 1992)
  • SPARS Code: ADD
  • Number of Discs: 4
  • Label: Deutsche Grammophon
  • ASIN: B000001GFJ
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #106,017 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

Disc: 1
1. Papillons Op. 2, Introduction. Moderato...
2. Davidsbundlertanze Op. 6, (18 Charakterstucke) - 1. Lebhaft
3. Davidsbundlertanze Op. 6, (18 Charakterstucke) - 2. Innig
4. Davidsbundlertanze Op. 6, (18 Charakterstucke) - 3. Mit Humor (Etwas hahnbuchen)
5. Davidsbundlertanze Op. 6, (18 Charakterstucke) - 4. Ungeduldig
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Disc: 2
1. Symphonische Etuden, Op. 13 - Thema. Andante
2. Symphonische Etuden, Op. 13 - Etude I. Un poco piu vivo
3. Symphonische Etuden, Op. 13 - Etude II.
4. Symphonische Etuden, Op. 13 - Etude III. Vivace
5. Symphonische Etuden, Op. 13 - Etude IV.
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Disc: 3
1. Fantasie C-dur, Op. 17 - 1. Durchaus phantastisch und leidenschaftlich vorzutragen - Im Legendenton - Tempo Primo
2. Fantasie C-dur, Op. 17 - 2. Massig. Durchaus energisch - Etwas langsamer - Viel bewegter
3. Fantasie C-dur, Op. 17 - 3. Langsam getragen. Durchweg leise zu halten - Etwas bewegter
4. Arabeske, Op. 18 - Leicht und zart - Minore I. Etwas langsamer - Minore II. Etwas langsamer - Zum Schluss (Coda). Langsamer
5. Humoreske, Op. 20 - Einfach - Sehr rasch und leicht - Noch rascher - Erstes Tempo - Wie im Anfang
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Disc: 4
1. Sonate Nr. 2 g-moll Op. 22 - 1. So rasch wie moglich
2. Sonate Nr. 2 g-moll Op. 22 - 2. Andantino. Getragen
3. Sonate Nr. 2 g-moll Op. 22 - 3. Scherzo. Sehr rasch und markiert - attacca:
4. Sonate Nr. 2 g-moll Op. 22 - 4. Rondo. Presto - Prestissimo. Quasi Cadenza
5. Nachtstucke, Op. 23 - 1. Mehr langsam, oft zuruckhaltend
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22 of 23 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars aristocratic and heartfelt schumann August 27, 2003
this compilation has the benefit of including most of schumann's important keyboard works (among excluded works are the toccata, first sonata, bunte blatter and fantasiestucke), under the hands of an extraordinary schumann interpreter.
recorded in the 1970's, when kempff was nearing 80, this is genuinely classic schumann. the virtuosic extremes of the symphonische etuden and kriesleriana are not quite fully exploited, but there is no flubbing, stumbling or cutting corners: kempff has things always under control. look to argerich, pollini or pogorelich for white hot schumann, kempff delivers him as a human being.
for the sheer poetry of schumann, kempff has never been bettered. his davidsbundlertanze, especially the last 5 movements, is without peer. the kinderszenen is delightful. the poetry of the fantasie in C is magnificent. there is a lifetime of musical experience and temperament in this playing.
kempff's approach stands apart for his remarkable ability to turn the mood and momentum of the music from one measure to the next, never in a random or willful manner, but with an alert insight and organic flow. other players tend to caricature schumann by emphasizing the contrasts, swinging from bombast to bathos: kempff emphasizes the transitions and continuities. if his fortissimo chords clang a little, the pianissimos are breathtakingly transparent. and no one, simply no one, captures schumann's nobility of heart and aching yearning for the beyond -- in the fantasie, in "zart und singend" -- better than kempff. a benchmark for any schumann collection.
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30 of 33 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Sensitive, yet aristocratic Schumann April 29, 2000
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Wilhelm Kempff's Schumann is distinctive and a pleasure to hear. He takes a decidedly non-feminine stance with this music: he paints with bold strokes. Nonetheless, he seems to understand the music he is playing, which is made entirely plain in the individual pieces of the Kinderszenen, the Kreisleriana, or the Waldszenen. In larger pieces, including the Carnaval, the Davidsbündlertänze, and Papillons, a straightforward but lyrical approach is confidently maintained. Kempff is occasionally indulgent when it comes to the dynamics, but one wonders if the composer himself would object to these interpretive touches. His tempos are decidedly catholic relative to many other great performers. His Schumann manages to sound heartfelt without being distressingly stop-and-go. For its price, I believe the Kempff set represents an excellent overview of some of Schumann's greatest music. This set is HIGHLY recommended.
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful
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Kempff's interpretation of Schumann's famous piano music is extremely insightful and brings the listener to understand Schumann the composer in lieu of Schumann the pianist. The readings of "Carnaval" and "Davidsbundlertanze" are the highlights of this four disc set; furthermore, the quality of the recording is favorable.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars aristocratic and heartfelt schumann August 27, 2003
this compilation has the benefit of including most of schumann's important keyboard works (among excluded works are the toccata, first sonata, bunte blatter and fantasiestucke), under the hands of an extraordinary schumann interpreter.
recorded in the 1970's, when kempff was nearing 80, this is genuinely classic schumann. the virtuosic extremes of the symphonische etuden and kriesleriana are not quite fully exploited, but there is no flubbing, stumbling or cutting corners: kempff has things always under control. look to argerich, pollini or pogorelich for white hot schumann, kempff delivers him as a human being.
for the sheer poetry of schumann, kempff has never been bettered. his davidsbundlertanze, especially the last 5 movements, is without peer. the kinderszenen is delightful. the poetry of the fantasie in C is magnificent. there is a lifetime of musical experience and temperament in this playing.
kempff's approach stands apart for his remarkable ability to turn the mood and momentum of the music from one measure to the next, never in a random or willful manner, but with an alert insight and organic flow. other players tend to caricature schumann by emphasizing the contrasts, swinging from bombast to bathos: kempff emphasizes the transitions and continuities. if his fortissimo chords clang a little, the pianissimos are breathtakingly transparent. and no one, simply no one, captures schumann's nobility of heart and aching yearning for the beyond -- in the fantasie, in "zart und singend" -- better than kempff. a benchmark for any schumann collection.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Divine July 17, 2005
By Wiili
When I first read the reviews here on Amazon, I was a bit concerned about buying this set. I truely love Kempff and elegant performing style, but after having almost around 150 of his collections and cd's, I know that he can be dreadful when he is not on form. So I was worried about this set, but it was useless.

This 4-cd set contains some of the best performances that Kempff could offer considering his age. There are numerous highlights here: Papillons, Davidsbündlertänze, fantasy,..... All of them find him on top form. Although one might argue that there are studio recordings and who knows how many takes one recording must have to become perfect, but let me tell you, even in his live and extremely nerve breaking situations and venues such as the Salzburg festival, he was always on top form.

So Kempff's fan, buy this. It's worth it. In here you won't quite find the excitement that Richter put into his Schumann, but you will find the poetry, emotions and sensitivity that many others lack in their recordings.
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