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Schubert: "Wanderer-Fantasie" - Schumann: Fantasie Op. 17 (DG The Originals)


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Perhaps more of an advocate for contemporary music than any other major pianist essentially rooted in traditional repertory, Maurizio Pollini was born in Milan, Italy. He learned quickly and was given piano lessons from Carlo Lonati from an early age, making his public debut at the age of nine. Enrolling in the Milan Conservatory, he studied with Carlo Vidusso. In 1957 he performed a recital ... Read more in Amazon's Maurizio Pollini Store

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  • Audio CD (12 Feb 1996)
  • SPARS Code: ADD
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Decca (UMO)
  • ASIN: B000001GR1
  • Other Editions: MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 34,919 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Listen  1. Franz Schubert: Fantasy In C Major "Wanderer" - 1. Allegro con fuoco ma non troppo 6:280.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  2. Franz Schubert: Fantasy In C Major "Wanderer" - 2. Adagio 6:360.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  3. Franz Schubert: Fantasy In C Major "Wanderer" - 3. Presto 4:480.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  4. Franz Schubert: Fantasy In C Major "Wanderer" - 4. Allegro 3:420.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  5. Robert Schumann: Fantasie in C, Op.17 - 1. Durchaus fantastisch und leidenschaftlich vorzutragen - Im Legenden-Ton12:17Album Only
Listen  6. Robert Schumann: Fantasie in C, Op.17 - 2. Mig. Durchaus energisch - Etwas langsamer - Vielbewegter 7:560.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  7. Robert Schumann: Fantasie in C, Op.17 - 3. Langsam getragen. Durchweg leise zu halten - Etwas bewegter10:43Album Only

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14 of 19 people found the following review helpful By a nice guy on 3 Sep 2008
Format: Audio CD
Schubert and Schumann are two very different composers, their one connecting thread is that they both faced great adversity in their lives. Schubert was born into relative poverty and was never recognized as the genius that he was during his lifetime except by some of his closest friends, Schumann was denied the love of his life and was struck down by mental illness. However, all of that was in the future when these two vastly different works were composed.

Schubert's piano music is my favourite in the whole literature for piano, particularly his later works. The 'Wanderer Fantasy' is an earlier work, more designed to show off his virtuosic skills as a player than anything else. It is also written underneath the shadow of Beethoven and as such doesn't really show what Schubert's own musical voice was. As such this piece is full of unnecessary virtuosity and even a fugue, for goodness sake. For this reason I don't think that I have ever listened to the piece in its entirety. I tire of it, I don't like it. Still, the playing here is excellent, if a little cold.

The reason that I love this disk so much is because of the Schumann. It is as if the great man poured all of his love for Clara into the music, particularly in the slow finale. Pollini brings to this music everything that is required. The turbulent yet triumphant first movement rushes forward inexorably like the young lust-filled man that Schumann was when he wrote it. The second movement is similarly fast paced and the virtuosic ending rings out loudly and triumphantly. The final movement offers something completely different, and in a heartbeat Pollini is able to skip from dramatic bombast into a tender and loving tone. This movemetn always brings tears to my eyes.
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0 of 1 people found the following review helpful By W.A.Sobczynski on 2 Sep 2013
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I bought it with a certainty it will be great as it was played on the BBC Radio 3 program.
I agree it deserves a highest praise.
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33 of 36 people found the following review helpful
Pollini at his best (which can't be beat!) 4 Oct 2000
By Christopher Smith - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
To my mind, this recording is one of Pollini's most outstanding accomplishments--up there with his early recordings of the Chopin Etudes, Preludes and Polonaises, and his still unsurpassed recordings of the final five Beethoven piano sonatas. Pollini's concentration is formidable, and it seems to me that with his flawless technique he can accomplish anything at the keyboard. I have two other recordings of the Wanderer Fantasy (Brendel, Richter) and admire them as much as Pollini's; all three divine the narrative flow of the four movements that comprise this piece, and their respective interpretations, with all their subtle differences, are all worth having and comparing. But its the explosive passion of Schumann's Fantasy that sets this recording apart. To my mind this must be a very difficult piece to play and interpret, since it's so moody--stormy and gently lyrical and then back to stormy again within the space of a few bars. This is where Pollini's control over a piece comes into play. He never loses his grip on Schumann's developing drama, so that the triumphant (and overwhelmingly climactic) third movement seems as inevitable as it is beautiful. I haven't liked some of Pollini's recordings from the last decade, but this one from the early 70's reminds me why he continues to be one of my favorite pianists.
9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
Magnificent Wanderer 7 Mar 2008
By Russell I. Burnett - Published on Amazon.com
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Schubert's piano music is incredible, and I return to it so often. In the past I believed the 'Wanderer' to be inferior to the sonatas, impromptus, and four-hand music. What an incredible difference Pollini's interpretation makes. He plays with such clarity; I understand now the grandeur and magnificence of this piece. In Pollini's hands it is one of Schubert's finest compositions.

This album has the same effect on me as Pollini's recording of the late Beethoven piano sonatas. This is incredible music played just how I like it.

It's good to be aware that some have taken issue with the sound quality on this recording it. I, however, am not bothered by it.

I have had a more difficult time latching onto Schumann's piano music and thus do not feel qualified to comment on the Schumann Fantasie Op. 17 included here, though the other reviewers certainly seem to hold it in high esteem.

UPDATE (Nov. 2008): On further listening Pollini has absolutely sold me on Schumann, so much so that I have purchased all of his Schumann recordings (all of which I highly recommend). The praise given to the Fantasie by the other reviewers is fully justified.
15 of 17 people found the following review helpful
Best among the best! 12 April 2001
By Patrick Pierre-Louis - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
This disc comes first in my discography of Schubert. But in its first release, the Wanderer-Fantasie was coupled with Sonata D 845. This owed us the best possible compilation of two incomparable interpretations for two great Schubert's works. On the other hand, Schumann's Fantasia was coupled with Sonata No. 1. As a result, we had two equally outstanding recordings.
In this new release, Pollini has no rival in "Wanderer-Fantasie" and even Perrahia might sound prosaic facing such implacable rigor and balance. As to Schumann's Fantasia, Richter and Perrahia are, in my view, the best alternative but Pollini knows how to combine poetic expression and scrupulous respect of structures so that the global architecture of the work never dilutes. In the third movement, this impression of dilution present in Perrahia's reading is patent in Richter's rendering because both artists gave primacy to the expression of the evanescent character of feelings. Pollini never looses sight of the lines while keeping the tension alive from beginning to end. In this perspective, his interpretation might be more satisfactory.
Perrahia also couples Schubert's and Schumann's Fantasias on the same disc (CBS). Every lover of those works should have both discs.
5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
Wonderful Wanderer , Spectacular Schumann 13 Mar 2004
By R. Lane - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
As one reviewer notes, the Schubert Wanderer Fantasie was originally issued on LP coupled with the Sonata in a minor D845. That LP was my first solo piano LP, and did it get me hooked! I had no idea solo piano could be so dynamic and powerful, but still engage the heart in soul-searching ways. Pollini combines deep and profoundness with momentum and drive. You never go to sleep on this music, but you also don't feel driven over-driven.
Nothing ever seems glossed over with Pollini, but, unlike many other pianists who explore the intrinsic qualities of romantic works like these Fantasies, he never lets his exploration drag to the point of monotony. The Schumann, while a lesser know work than the famous Schubert, is certainly an even more incredible performance.
I, though, like one other reviewer noted, find it shameful that Universal issued these Fantasies without their accompanying Sonatas. Even more shameful, in 2002 Universal issued those two sonatas in a single disk as part of this same remastering series ("The Originals") catalog #463676-2, but it is not available in North America. It is available from Amazon as an import, asin # B00006L76P. I wouldn't be without either disk.
9 of 12 people found the following review helpful
Decent Schubert, but Great Schumann from Pollini 3 Sep 2002
By John Kwok - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
This is an odd coupling of Pollini's early recordings in the Deutsche Grammophon Originals series. Pollini's version of Schubert's "Wanderer-Fantasie" was marred by technical problems, which this digitally remastered version doesn't quite overcome. Unfortunately, his version isn't nearly as compelling as those I've heard from the likes of Kempff, yet Pollini's performance remains technically proficient. The real treasure has to be Pollini's exceptional performance of Schumann's Fantasia; his most recent recordings of Schumann's music for Deutsche Grammophon only enhanced his reputation. Pollini's playing of the Fantasia is replete with warmth as well as splendid technique.
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