Schumann: Fantasy / Etudes Symphoniques / Piano Sonata No 2


Schumann: Fantasy / Etudes Symphoniques / Piano Sonata No 2 by HYPERION at Eleven Rack. MPN: CDA67166. Hurry! Limited time offer. Offer valid only while supplies last. Early in the Fantasy, which begins the disc, we realize that this is not going to be the kind of great performance we might have expected from Marc-André Hamelin. Although he plays the difficult piano writing with panache, there are places in the first movement where the left hand echoes the right hand's leading phrases and we simply don't hear them. He dashes through the treacherous march with splendid virtuosity and plays the long slow finale with beautiful tone and phrasing, but the music


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Early in the Fantasy, which begins the disc, we realize that this is not going to be the kind of great performance we might have expected from Marc-André Hamelin. Although he plays the difficult piano writing with panache, there are places in the first movement where the left hand echoes the right hand's leading phrases and we simply don't hear them. He dashes through the treacherous march with splendid virtuosity and plays the long slow finale with beautiful tone and phrasing, but the music simply isn't eventful enough. Pianists like Fiorentino, Richter, and Backhaus have shown us what treasures this music holds, and what Hamelin offers simply isn't enough. The Sonata is the best performance on the disc, but even that doesn't have the wildness of spirit that Schumann put into the music. Hamelin's choice of edition for the Études is understandable (he plays Schumann's last version as published, without the additional music Brahms found and added to a critical edition), but again, the pianist doesn't make all the music's points. Not bad performances, but not the best Schumann. --Leslie Gerber

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Additional Information

Manufacturer:
HYPERION
Category:
Etudes
MPN:
CDA67166
Release Date:
2001-03-01
UPC:
034571171661
Part Number:
CDA67166
Artist:
Marc-Andre Hamelin
Publisher:
HYPERION
Audience Rating:
NR (Not Rated)
Creator:
Robert Schumann
Format:
Import
Publication Date:
2001-03-13
Binding:
Audio CD
Item Weight:
0.24 pounds
Item Size:
5.56 x 0.38 x 4.9 inches
Package Weight:
0.18 pounds
Package Size:
4.97 x 0.54 x 5.55 inches

 


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