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Imogen Cooper plays Schumann & Brahms Piano Works

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This is Imogen Cooper's first release on Chandos Records. Recognised worldwide as a pianist of virtuosity and poetic
poise, she has established a reputation as one of the finest interpreters of the classical and romantic repertoire. She
has dazzled audiences and orchestras throughout her distinguished career, bringing to the concert platform a unique
musical understanding and lyrical quality.

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  • Composer: Schumann, Brahms
  • Audio CD (February 26, 2013)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Chandos
  • ASIN: B00AOALW9Y
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
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By J Scott Morrison HALL OF FAMETOP 1000 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on February 17, 2013
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Imogen Cooper (b. 1949) is one of the best pianists currently before the public. Although she is now in her sixties, I'd never even heard of her until just a few years ago when she began recording a series of admirable Lieder discs as accompanist for baritone Wolfgang Holzmair. Her abilities as a sensitive equal partner in those recordings was notable. Then she began recording a series of Schubert sonatas and they, too, were remarkable. Now comes, on the admirable Chandos label, the first in a new series: Cooper playing all of Schumann's solo piano works. The two major works here -- Fantasiestücke, Op. 12, and Kreisleriana, Op. 16 -- are from that group of works in which Schumann's poetic alter egos -- the sensitive, feminine Eusebius and the rash, masculine Florestan -- are easily discernible. Each of the works was inspired, at least partly, by Schumann's inner turmoil in regard to a real or potential love object. The Fantasiestücke were inspired by a piano student from England, Robena Laidlaw, for whom Schumann had feelings. (Although, later, after she had returned to England, there is some indication that Schumann also was thinking about the absent [in Vienna] and forbidden long-time inamorata, Clara Wieck, the still-young daughter of Schumann's former teacher who eventually became his wife. And Kreisleriana was in fact written for Clara. He wanted to have a dedication to her on the published score, but her father forbade it and thus it was dedicated to 'Herr F. Chopin'.

There have, of course, been many recordings of these works and many are outstanding. What, if anything, could Cooper possibly bring to her performances that could shed any new light on them?
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This solo disc is one of the most beautiful releases of Schumann and Brahms. Imogen Cooper is a great lieder singer at the piano, and she reminds me in some ways of the great Myra Hess. I first became aware of her as a partner to the most musical baritone Wolfgang Holzmair with whom she recorded several memorable lieder recitals of Schubert and Schumann. She was a most expressive partner with a piano tone that matched the beauty of Holzmair's voice. The interpretations of this disc are of the same high order --perfect technique, wide dynamic range and tonal qualities which bring out the inherent expressiveness of the music. Cooper highlights inner voices which enrich the architecture of the music with her insightful playing.
Hopefully this will be the first of a series of solo recorded recitals. I heard her play a Mozart piano concerto in NY, and a concerto series should be considered by record companies as well as chamber music.
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By Jose on August 16, 2015
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Very good
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The always elegant playing of Imogene Cooper with a nice program which expands her repertory. A very nice disc with excellent recording quality. Highly recommended.
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