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Schumann: Complete Works for Piano & Orchestra

Murray Perahia , Robert Schumann , Claudio Abbado , Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra Audio CD
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  • Orchestra: Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra
  • Conductor: Claudio Abbado
  • Composer: Robert Schumann
  • Audio CD (December 29, 2009)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Sony Classical
  • ASIN: B000002A9E
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #101,564 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Concerto For Piano And Orchestra, Op. 54, In A Minor: Allegro affettuoso
2. Concerto For Piano And Orchestra, Op. 54, In A Minor: Intermezzo. Andantino grazioso
3. Concerto For Piano And Orchestra, Op. 54, In A Minor: Allegro vivace
4. Konzertstuck, Op. 92 (Introduction & Allegro Appassionato For Piano And Orchestra) In G-Major
5. Konzertstuck, Op. 134 (Introduction & Allegro Concertante For Piano And Orchestra) In D Minor

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Schumann: Piano And Orchestra Works / Claudio Abbado/Murray Perahia

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25 of 26 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Pure Class May 6, 2004
By R Davis
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Technically, Murray Perahia is among the most accomplished of our great pianists today. Abbado enjoys the same respect among composers. And technical mastery is what it takes to wade through the lush, dense forest that Schumann lays out in his works for piano and orchestra. Without the incredible finger and pedal work of Parahia, the layers of sound easily become muddled. Parahia keeps each note, each phrase clear and communicative. Similarly the orchestra, under Abbado's precise but light hand, makes the sonorities in the music come through -- the delicate solo and ensemble passages are open and immediate, while the power and majesty of the big chords and thick orchestration make an impact.
Understated at times, the performance bears repeated listening.
Altogether a definitive interpretation of major romantic pieces.
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30 of 34 people found the following review helpful
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Schumann's Piano Concerto is often overlooked in the reportoire in favor of Grieg's work. An side-by-side comparision of both works shows that the latter is evidently modeled after the former, and this much Grieg admitted.
I personally find Schumann's work much more evocative and moving than Grieg's. Perahia plays here with a beautifully delicate touch that colors every hidden nuance within this much-underrated piece. Abbado's direction of the Berliner Philharmoniker is solid and a prime example of what orchestral accompaniment of a solo instrument should be: gently supportive, blending with the soloist's tones, and an orchestra when called upon to be. The accompaniment never overshadows the soloist, yet always maintains a proper presence.
Not being overly familiar with the other two works on this CD, I can only say that the performances are as strong as the Concerto's to the ears of the uninitiated. This is an excellent CD and a necessary item for fans of Schumann's beautiful piano works.
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17 of 19 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars And aside from the Concerto... February 9, 2006
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Every pianist worth his/her salt has the Schumann Piano Concerto in A minor, Op. 54 in repertoire and while performances abound as do recordings of the beloved work, now and then it is refreshing to hear the work with the extraordinary finesse Murray Perahia bathes it. This is Schumann in the Romantic lead but with the subtleties of phrasing that make it rise above the usual hand-wringing forms we are used to hearing.

But though the concerto is a staple, the other two works for piano and orchestra are rarely heard. And that is sad because they perhaps contain come of the most eloquent melodies and ideas from Robert Schumann's gifted mind. In many ways the Introduction and Allegro appassionato in G major, Op. 92 is more related to the Schumann works for voice and piano. Perahia ably assisted by Claudio and the Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra give probably the finest reading on records. Much the same could be said about the less impressive yet still quite beautiful Concert Allegro with Introduction in D minor, Op. 134.

Perahia and Abbado sound and feel as one musical mind. The technical aspects of the recording are excellent and it goes without saying that the sumptuous sound of the Berlin Philharmonic helps create the glow of these three works. Highly recommended. Grady Harp, February 06
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9 of 12 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The perfect combination December 26, 2003
By Antonio
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This is the perfect combination: a prodigious piano, a wit conductor and an orchestra that is always so good, so wise. This performance moves me. I repeat its hearing so often.
A good recommendation for you all!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
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If you are looking strictly for Robert Schumann's works for piano & orchestra, look no further: the performances here are crisp, lively, polished and matched in quality by the digital recording engineer(s). In a word, definitive.


Robert Schumann was not only one of the 19th century's greatest pianists, but one of it's greatest composers as well. If you want to dig a little deeper into this composer's music, particularly his concertos, I feel compelled to recommend a 2 CD set by Brilliant Classics:

Simply type in here on Amazon "Robert Schumann Complete Concertos Brilliant" and you will find not only the complete works for piano & orchestra, but his works for cello & orchestra, violin & orchestra, & a little known work called Konzertstuck for four horns & orchestra as well. Not only do you get his complete concertos for under $10 brand new as I write, but outstanding recorded performances of all the other great works. One big difference with this box set is that the featured solo instrument is pushed up very close to the front in most of these recordings, especially with the cello & violin compositions. This box offers a wonderfully unusual style of presenting these concertos that are so worth giving a listen to!

Given the unusual style of this Brilliant Classics set, I also decided to go & buy the best rated individual CDs of each of the 4 types of concertos; this set for piano, Yo-Yo Ma for the cello works, etc...I'm absolutely delighted to have both the box set as well as the best "standard" performances/recording styles too! They're that different & exceptional.

So again, you won't find a more luxurious CD of Schumann's piano concertos than the one offered here, highly recommended for purchase, definitive!

But if you want even more great music of this composer, you've just read my thoughts about this other set that I also highly recommend.

Enjoy, happy listening & God bless :-)
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5.0 out of 5 stars Soothing Schumann
I played Schumann's kinderscenen pieces on the piano years ago as a kid and always loved him as a composer. This CD was highly rated by music aficianados, so I bought it. Read more
Published 16 months ago by Sarah Aldridge
5.0 out of 5 stars beautiful
Great performance. Gives me goosebumps. Love love love Schumann. Don't understand people who say classical music
'relaxes' them. It doesn't relax me! It excites me... Read more
Published 17 months ago by Ameena A.
5.0 out of 5 stars YES!!!!
When you hear this wonderful recording, so fully, sensitively and emotively played, you'll hear how much Schumann in this piece influenced Rachmaninoff decades later. Read more
Published on January 26, 2011 by Avery Gordon
5.0 out of 5 stars Great album
This Cd has great performances of great works. It would be a welcomed addition to any classical music fan. The only complaint that I have is that the track listing is wrong. Read more
Published on November 8, 2010 by G. Monticello
5.0 out of 5 stars A safe recommendation for Schumann's bicentennial year.
This is another good example on how to make a smart selection for a CD
edition. This is the best option to get all Schumann's works for piano and orchestra in one only CD. Read more
Published on April 25, 2010 by Colloredo von Salzburg
5.0 out of 5 stars Choosing between Perahia's two Schumann concertos?
I was curious whether my thesis was right that Murray Perahia used to be more energetic and interesting as an interpreter when he was young. Read more
Published on November 23, 2008 by Santa Fe Listener
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