Schumann: Humoreske; Kinderszenen; Kreisleriana

January 23, 1996 | Format: MP3

$11.49
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Product Details

  • Original Release Date: January 2, 1995
  • Release Date: January 2, 1995
  • Label: Decca
  • Copyright: (C) 1995 Decca Music Group Limited
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  • Total Length: 1:14:44
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  • ASIN: B000V6S9GK
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #213,985 Paid in Albums (See Top 100 Paid in Albums)

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18 of 20 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on December 6, 2001
Format: Audio CD
I won't say much, because I'd just be echoing the favorable comments of the others. Just say that this is great playing and I have not heard a finer version of Kreisleriana or a more electrifying Humoreske, whose restrained energy was a suprise to me. The Kinderszenen was beautiful as well, played at a quicker whimsical pace, not as slow and maudlin as some recordings of this I've heard. Lupu coaxes a one of a kind tone from the piano. Robust, full, but never harsh or banging. This man has strong fingers. My only beef is that the recording levels are set way way too low! And the microphones sound like the piano is recorded in a tile bathroom, way too much reverb. Besides these difficulties, Lupu's playing, to his credit, shines through. A worthwhile purchase, a great contrast to Horowitz and Argerich.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By P. Adrian on December 10, 2010
Format: Audio CD
If I am not mistaken this very CD is the last commercial recording Radu Lupu has made to date. It was issued in 1995 to a great international acclaim as it gained an Edison Prize as the "Best Instrumental Record of the Year". Devoted entirely to Schumann's miniature cycles (Kinderszenen, Kreisleriana and Humoreske) this recorded account features once more some of Lupu's long praised gifts in creating a fabulous atmosphere surrounding the music he chooses to play. His unerring insight in late-classical and romantic repertories, along with his exquisite care for sonority (amazing timbres, otherworldly colours, velvety touch) and an unfailing sense of telling musical stories, made Lupu - from the beginning of his career, some four decades ago - one of the most sought-after performing pianists on the international stage. Ever since, his tendency towards the introspection and unveiling the deepest secrets of the score to be shared with the composer within a magic communion and - if happens - with his audience, has singled him out as a profound meditative musician among the super-class keyboard virtuosos of our age. An honest musician with an astounding technical ease and not simply a piano showman! The sobriety of his pianissimos - austere and delicate - unfolds his manly melancholy shaping so inspired, for instance, the slow pieces of Kinderszenen (Traumerei, Der Dichter spricht, Kind im Enschlummen). The lack of ostentation and a sober musicality surface even in the tormented numbers of the Kreisleriana and bring to Lupu's renditions a seductive romantic effect, a charming air of inevitability. That's why his recordings are so lauded and quickly sold out. That's why his live concerts are illuminating events for any genuine music-lover, mementos to be cherished for a lifetime!

Five stars!
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As a non-fan of Lupu, someone who stands outside the halo he casts if you are a devotee - I must admit that this is one CD I admire. A previous reviewer uses two phrases that are enviable: austere delicacy and manly melancholy. On both counts Lupu's Schumann fits the bill. His playing can be quite tender, but there's a prevailing air of austerity. He's rigorous and disciplined in his restraint - this could be called masculine - and this refusal to let go of his emotions except very occasionally adds the melancholy - to my ears, at least.

The program includes one very popular cycle (Kinderszenen), one piece well known to fans of Schumann's piano writing (Kreisleriana), and one relative rarity (Humoreske). Lupu approaches them all with sober cultivation. I thought it would be interesting to compare his Kreisleriana, movement by movement, with two highly acclaimed ones form the young Argerich and the late-middle-aged Pollini. The Argerich is rather hard, with punchy attacks, a somewhat harsh piano, and clearly focused on precision and drama rather than charm. The lupu is cushy-sounding by comparison, and where Argerich presses the tempo forward, he lays back. The focus is on inward beauty, I'd say. Best of all, however, is Pollini, who manages to be precise and thoroughly Schumanneque - as the other two are - but adding more imagination and personality.

Since my Schumann heroes are Horowitz and Richter, I lean away from Lupu's civilized restraint, coming away with a sense of admiration for all the qualities the five-star reviews rave about. But in the end, his kind of playing is no fun; it lacks a sense of spontaneous exuberance.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By I. Giles TOP 100 REVIEWER on March 13, 2013
Format: Audio CD
This disc, well recorded in 1993, brings Lupu's typically thoughtful and reflective frame of mind to bear on these three works by Schumann. The works themselves were written in the years immediately preceding his marriage to Clara, a marriage that was considerably opposed by Clara's father. This situation caused Schumann to vacillate between emotional highs and lows and these three works were written with that very much in mind and were described as such in Schumann's frequent correspondence to Clara. It makes sense therefore to have them linked together on the one disc.

Lupu is by nature a thoughtful and reflective pianist not given to overt display. At times one could describe his playing as almost inward in its retrospection. These characteristics work well with these three pieces especially bearing in mind the background to their composition as described above. The last of the three works, the Humoresque, is not intended to be an amusing work full of humour. Rather, as Schumann himself said, it is more in the line of a detached viewpoint tinged with irony. The Kreisleriana of course, as is well known, is a piece designed specifically to expose conflicting emotions, emotions in a state of turmoil. The Kinderszenen are more straightforward and are, once more reflective. This time the music is descriptive of childhood memories but seen from an adult's point of view and intended for adult performance.

This program plays very much to Lupu's strengths as a musician. There are more exciting and dramatically pointed versions of Kreisleriana in particular but none more satisfying within the approach that Lulu chooses to take.

The piano tone on the recording is clear but slightly muted.
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