Schumann: Etudes Symphoniques; Toccata; Fantasie in C by Ivory Classics at Eleven Rack. Hurry! Limited time offer. Offer valid only while supplies last. If one were to list some of the supreme masterpieces of piano literature, Schumann's Fantasia in C Major, Opus 17 would be in that Pantheon. Every
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If one were to list some of the supreme masterpieces of piano literature, Schumann's Fantasia in C Major, Opus 17 would be in that Pantheon. Every marvelous page contains the full measure of Schumann's passion. His Etudes Symphoniques, Opus 13 (here, complete with the five posthumous variations) is also a rich, glowing, intensely personal musical work. The highly difficult and devilishly virtuosic Toccata in C, Opus 7, on this disc was taken from a live performance. These three great piano works are performed by the Romantic Master of the piano, Grammy® award winner Earl Wild. Mastered by Ivory Classics using 24-bit HDCD technology.
The Schumann playing here is surprising from a famous virtuoso like Earl Wild, since he avoids virtuosic display in most of this music. Wild's playing on the opening Toccata, recorded live in 1974, is genteel and urbane, handling Schumann's difficulties without a trace of exertion--until the climactic chords near the end, when the pianist goes wild, slamming them out in a rush. Overall, though, it's a pleasing contrast to more aggressive performances by such greats as Sviatoslav Richter and Simon Barere. In the remaining two big works, studio recordings from 1990, Wild again stresses the lyrical and more relaxed elements in Schumann's music. This leads to memorably songful interpretations of such music as the slower (mostly posthumously published) variations of the Études and the intensely introverted finale of the Fantasie. Some big moments (like the central march of the Fantasie) may seem underpowered, but that's obviously the artist's choice. Sound is fine in the live recording, a trifle boxy in the studio recordings. Not your basic Schumann performances, perhaps, but an intriguing alternative. --Leslie Gerber
NR (Not Rated)
4.75 x 0.25 x 5.25 inches
4.97 x 0.54 x 5.55 inches
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