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Carnaval, Kinderszenen & Sonata No.2

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Listen  1. Carnaval, op. 9: Préambule. Quasi maestoso - Più moto - Animato - Vivo - Presto 2:12£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  2. Carnaval, op. 9: Pierrot. Moderato0:51£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  3. Carnaval, op. 9: Arlequin. Vivo 1:02£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  4. Carnaval, op. 9: Valse noble. Un poco maestoso 2:01£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  5. Carnaval, op. 9: Eusebius. Adagio 1:30£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  6. Carnaval, op. 9: Florestan. Passionato0:55£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  7. Carnaval, op. 9: Coquette. Vivo 1:02£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  8. Carnaval, op. 9: Réplique. L'istesso tempo0:25£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  9. Carnaval, op. 9: Papillons. Prestissimo0:52£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen10. Carnaval, op. 9: A.S.C.H.-S.C.H.A. (letteres dansantes). Presto0:57£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen11. Carnaval, op. 9: Chiarina. Passionato 1:18£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen12. Carnaval, op. 9: Chopin. Agitato 1:36£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen13. Carnaval, op. 9: Estrella. Con affetto0:29£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen14. Carnaval, op. 9: Reconnaissance. Animato 1:47£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen15. Carnaval, op. 9: Pantalon et Colombine. Presto0:56£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen16. Carnaval, op. 9: Valse allemande. Molto vivace 1:02£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen17. Carnaval, op. 9: Paganini. Intermezzo. Presto 1:29£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen18. Carnaval, op. 9: Aveu. Passionato 1:14£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen19. Carnaval, op. 9: Promenade. Comodo 2:48£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen20. Carnaval, op. 9: Pause. Vivo0:18£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen21. Carnaval, op. 9: Marche des "Davidsbündler" contre les Philistins 3:55£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen22. 13 Kinderszenen (Scènes d'enfants), op. 15: I. Von fremden Ländern und Menschen (Foreign lands and people) 1:57£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen23. 13 Kinderszenen (Scènes d'enfants), op. 15: II. Kuriose Geschichte (Curious story) 1:07£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen24. 13 Kinderszenen (Scènes d'enfants), op. 15: III. Hasche-Mann (Catch me if you can)0:33£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen25. 13 Kinderszenen (Scènes d'enfants), op. 15: IV. Bittendes Kind (Pleading child) 1:00£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen26. 13 Kinderszenen (Scènes d'enfants), op. 15: V. Glückes genug (Happiness) 1:09£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen27. 13 Kinderszenen (Scènes d'enfants), op. 15: VI. Wichtige Begebenheit (Important Event)0:49£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen28. 13 Kinderszenen (Scènes d'enfants), op. 15: VII. Träumerei (Dreaming) 2:40£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen29. 13 Kinderszenen (Scènes D'Enfants), Op. 15: VIII. Am Kamin (By The Fireside) 1:00£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen30. 13 Kinderszenen (Scènes d'enfants), op. 15: IX.Ritter vom Steckenpferd (Knight of the hobby-horse)0:40£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen31. 13 Kinderszenen (Scènes d'enfants), op. 15: X. Fast zu ernst (Almost too serious) 1:51£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen32. 13 Kinderszenen (Scènes d'enfants), op. 15: XI. Fürchtenmachen (Frightening) 1:10£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen33. 13 Kinderszenen (Scènes d'enfants), op. 15: XII. Kind im Einschlummern (Child falling asleep) 2:02£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen34. 13 Kinderszenen (Scènes D'Enfants), Op. 15: XIII. Der Dichter Spricht (The Poet Speaks) 2:15£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen35. Piano Sonata No. 2 in G minor, Op. 22: I. So rasch wie möglich 7:22Album Only
Listen36. Piano Sonata No. 2 in G minor, Op. 22: II. Andantino (Getragen) 3:51£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen37. Piano Sonata No. 2 in G minor, Op. 22: III. Scherzo Sehr rasch und Markiert 1:48£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen38. Piano Sonata No. 2 in G minor, Op. 22: IV. Rondo Presto 5:55£0.99  Buy MP3 

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Canaval - Scènes d'enfants - Sonate n° 2 / Ruth Slenczynska, piano

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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
Ruth Slenzynska Plays Schumann 20 July 2005
By Robin Friedman - Published on
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I received this CD as a gift from a friend who knew I was struggling to learn Robert Schumann's Carnaval. The gift could not have been more inspiring or appropriate. In this CD, the 75 year old Ruth Slencynska plays Schumann's Carnaval, Scenes from Childhood, and Sonata No. 2 with the romance and spirit of youth. I have played both Carnaval and the Scenes from Childhood, but the sonata no. 2 was new to me. Hearing these performances of Ms. Slenzyska's old age inspired me greatly to keep working on learning these pieces, to hear new beauties in them, and not to give up.

Ms. Slenczynska (b. 1925) was born in California and was a child prodigy who was subjected to a rigorous musical education beginning at the age of three. She studied in Europe with Schnabel, Petri, Corot and Hoffman and was hailed as a child prodigy. She withdrew from public performance at the age of fifteen as a result of emotional stress. She attended the University of California where she married and did not play the piano in public until her divorce in 1953 at which time she resumed her concert career at the age of 28. After that time, she concertized widely, particularly in Europe and Japan, and taught piano at Southern Illinois University as Artist in Residence. She also has written two books, "Forbidden Childhood", the story of her life as a child prodigy, and "Music at your Fingertips: Aspects of Pianforte Technique".

This recording was made in 1999 and was Ruth Slencznska's first in twenty years. In it she shows herself a pianist in the romantic tradition with beautiful rubato, dynamic control, fluid rhythm, creative voicing, and spirit.

Schumann's Carnaval is one of the most beloved of piano works and consists of 21 short movements of character sketches and dance interludes. Schumann portrays the two sides of his personality in two connected pieces, Eusebius, dreamy and introspective, and Florestan, passionate and impulsive. Slencynska captures both sides of Schumann in her playing. The work concludes with a famous March of the Friends of David against the Philistines which Slenczynska captures with swing and a mastery of the difficult and rapid dotted rhythm with which the piece ends. The dance movements of the work move with grace and the feel of imagination and romance. This is an outstanding performance of a great work.

Schumann's also composed his "Scenes from Childhood" as a young man just at the time of his marriage to Clara Weick. It consists of 13 short pieces capturing an adult vision of growing up. I have recently been relearning this piece to celebrate the birth of a granddaughter. Slenczynska takes the work, on the whole, at a slow and introspective tempo beginning with the opening piece, "From Foreign Lands and Places." Her performance of the famous "Traumerei" is a marvel of eloquence and simplicity, and she uses flowing and varied tempo masterfully in "Almost too Serious".

The final work on this program was Schumann's second piano sonata which was new to me. This is a four-movement work in which a slow melodic second movement is surrounded by three minor-key movements of passion. I enjoyed the last movement with its contrasting passionate and lyrical sections. This is Schumann that deserves to be heard more often.

This CD is beautifully played. But equally important, it gave me the opportunity to learn of and learn from Ms. Slenczynska. The performances show the value of persistence and study and of keeping a creative and open heart no matter what one's age. The CD inspired me to redouble my efforts with Schumann.

Robin Friedman
Beautiful music 4 April 2013
By L. Missimer - Published on
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Great DVD with beautiful music. Love to listen to it to while I cook- very relaxing music. A must in my collection.
4 of 6 people found the following review helpful
Uncommon Clarity 12 Oct 2000
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Schumann's inner voices have never been clearer than they are in Slenczynska's new recording. Hers are revisionist interpretations of remarkable importance.
0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
Carnaval, etc.: Ruth Slenczynska 10 Sep 2010
By TomCZorn - Published on
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More than any other performer, Ruth Slenczynska shows --- musically --- the two opposing and sometimes warring sides of Schumann's personality. His self-doubts appear subtly in some of the scenes; his love for Clara is obvious in others. This is a performance charged with emotions but not overpoweringly so. I like this performance and am extremely glad to have it in my collection.

Ms. Slenczynska also gives excellent performances of Kinderszenen and the Second Sonata, and my only criticisms there are directed at some unexpected pauses in the music. I do not have the scores, so I don't know if they are part of Schumann's plan or part of Ms. Slenczynska's interpretation.

In short, worth adding to your music collection.
4 of 7 people found the following review helpful
vintage Ruth, in a modern recording 14 July 2000
By A Customer - Published on
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It's wonderful to have new recordings by Ruth, in modern HDCD stereo on a great piano.
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