Your Music Library
  MP3 cart

Schumann : Piano Works

March 8, 2011

See all 3 formats and editions Hide other formats and editions
Amazon Price New from Used from
MP3 Music
"Please retry"
$9.49
$9.49
More options
  • Sample this album Title (Sample)
1
30
5:43
Play in Library $0.99 In MP3 cart View MP3 Cart
2
30
4:52
Play in Library $0.99 In MP3 cart View MP3 Cart
3
30
5:24
Play in Library $0.99 In MP3 cart View MP3 Cart
4
30
3:27
Play in Library $0.99 In MP3 cart View MP3 Cart
5
30
3:51
Play in Library $0.99 In MP3 cart View MP3 Cart
6
30
6:43
Play in Library $0.99 In MP3 cart View MP3 Cart
7
30
2:05
Play in Library $0.99 In MP3 cart View MP3 Cart
8
30
4:02
Play in Library $0.99 In MP3 cart View MP3 Cart
9
30
2:08
Play in Library $0.99 In MP3 cart View MP3 Cart
10
30
4:26
Play in Library $0.99 In MP3 cart View MP3 Cart
11
30
2:40
Play in Library $0.99 In MP3 cart View MP3 Cart
12
30
4:14
Play in Library $0.99 In MP3 cart View MP3 Cart
13
30
3:19
Play in Library $0.99 In MP3 cart View MP3 Cart
14
30
1:45
Play in Library $0.99 In MP3 cart View MP3 Cart
15
30
2:36
Play in Library $0.99 In MP3 cart View MP3 Cart
16
30
2:11
Play in Library $0.99 In MP3 cart View MP3 Cart
17
30
3:20
Play in Library $0.99 In MP3 cart View MP3 Cart

Product Details

  • Original Release Date: November 22, 2010
  • Release Date: November 22, 2010
  • Label: Warner Classics
  • Copyright: (C) 2010 EMI Records Ltd/Virgin Classics.
  • Record Company Required Metadata: Music file metadata contains unique purchase identifier. Learn more.
  • Total Length: 1:02:46
  • Genres:
  • ASIN: B004KGSXPY
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #274,854 Paid in Albums (See Top 100 Paid in Albums)

Customer Reviews

4.5 out of 5 stars
5 star
3
4 star
0
3 star
1
2 star
0
1 star
0
See all 4 customer reviews
Share your thoughts with other customers

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

10 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Santa Fe Listener HALL OF FAMETOP 500 REVIEWER on March 8, 2011
Format: Audio CD Verified Purchase
Schumann is a mainstay of many pianists' repertoire, but the most memorable interpreters find a personal connection between his temperament and theirs. One thinks of Horowitz and Richter especially, two restless imaginations capable of near violence at the keyboard, mercurial flights of fancy, and enormous will power. They were pianists who seemed larger than the piano, one might say. Anderszewski has much the same musical temperament, as he showed early on, not with Schumann but with the Diabelli Variations -- he turned in a daringly personal reading that confronted the work's thorny eccentricity and mysterious emotional twists and turns. Schumann's idiom takes off from that side of Beethoven, releasing the piano into a range of emotional freedom unheard of before and probably since.

One sign of Anderszewski's penetration into Schumann's shadowy recesses is his choice of works here. He has skipped over the composer's popular favorites (Fantasy in C, Carnaval, Kinderszenen), the masterpieces loved by aficionados (Davidsbundlertanze, Kreisleriana), and even Richter's fairly obscure favorites (Bunte Blatter, Noveletten), as if these aren't challenging enough. Because of his fitful mental illness but more because of his own divided temperament, Schumann opens some avenues of piano writing that feel unhinged or so private that no one outside the composer can relate to them. But, then, the same might be said of the Diabelli Var., of course, which may be why Anderszewski chose them to start his Beethoven career. There seems to be a pattern.

This is all a prelude to saying that this new CD is at times a tough listen. Even the most familiar work, Humoreske, is played with aching sensitivity, often slowly.
Read more ›
3 Comments Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback. If this review is inappropriate, please let us know.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Bernard Michael O'Hanlon on February 20, 2014
Format: Audio CD
First of all, I direct the reader's attention to SFL's superb review and in particular, the first paragraph. I love his reference to the near-violence of both Horowitz and Richter at the keyboard and how it animates their Schumann. In cricket, that's a six!

I suspect that SFL and I have different placements for Schumann in our respective pantheons (not that there's anything wrong with that). I adore the disc in question. For me, it's exothermic, not endothermic. Humoreske is clearly a masterpiece - it is an invitation to descend into a rabbit hole where a Schumann Wonderland of spontaneity, euphoria and instability awaits. Six Studies in Canonical Form for Organ or Pedalklavier, Op. 56, suffers from its starchy name: it is another instance where Schumann pays homage to the ghost of Johann Sebastian Bach. A masterpiece it ain't. Gesänge der Frühe, written five months before angelic voices took over Schumann's head, is coming to prominence. Uchida, Pollini and now Anderszewski have recorded it over the past decade or so. Much like the third movement of Märchenerzählungen, it is premonitory. Billy Holiday sings, "Just say that our little show / is over and so / the story ends." Opus 133 does likewise: into that darkness.

I have listened to Horowitz in Opus 20 for nearly 24 years. I might as well be a longhorn with a `VH Ranch' brand on my hindquarters. It takes a god-almighty effort to accommodate a newcomer: here is such an instance. Anderszewski on the whole is slower than both Horowitz in Humoreske and Pollini in Opus 133; in neither instance does he stall. All great interpreters of Schumann have one thing in common: they keep apace with his mercurial temperament and demands. Anderszewski stays on his tail like it's a WWI dogfight above the trenches. He vividly characterises each composition. This man was born to play Schumann. The listener is left bewitched.

The recording is stupendous. Gun stuff.
Comment Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback. If this review is inappropriate, please let us know.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again
Format: Audio CD Verified Purchase
I didn't know what is a pedal piano, and after a concert with peter serkin,
Got this cd not being sure who was this pianist, I'm glad I did
Is just ABSOLUTLY wonderful, precision with all the range of feelings
Also the music choose here is beautiful

David
Comment Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback. If this review is inappropriate, please let us know.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again
9 of 18 people found the following review helpful By villegem on April 19, 2011
Format: Audio CD
On large professional studio monitors, this recording sounds quite distant, as if the auditor -i.e. the miking- was on the first balcony. A grand piano is a 450 kg instrument roughly 3m long. Here it feels barely powerful enough to interrupt a conversation... Not to mention that the instrument fortissimo interaction with the room does not bring the best of sounds.
This is poor recording technique, quite prevalent these days in classical music. No bass, no presence, just a disembodied representation. Hardly the way to bring new fans to classical music. Oh but I forgot, as long as critics play the game and shower these creations with "recording of the month" awards, the musical chair game can continue.
And I am not even talking about the musical aspect of it... And Anderszewski is a pianist that I find interesting. At least this is not vulgar like Lang Lang but this time, the exercise seems quite empty, quite unmoving, a beautiful building visited but no one lives in it. In Humoreske, it feels as if he is interested in carving a sound above all, not story telling. There is so much more that can be done with this superb music. A disappointment in so many levels...
10 Comments Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback. If this review is inappropriate, please let us know.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again