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Schumann: Fantasie, Op.17 Import

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  • Composer: Robert Schumann
  • Audio CD (25 Oct. 1990)
  • SPARS Code: DDD
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Import
  • Label: Philips
  • ASIN: B00000E2OV
  • Average Customer Review: 2.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 575,769 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Charlton Heston, the Second Amendment gladiator, famously yapped "I'll give you my gun when you pry it from my cold, dead hands." I wish that Brendel had adopted a similar attitude towards his Schumann. Why could he not keep it to himself? Is there not enough suffering and mediocrity in the world?

Really, one would have to look far and wide to encounter such a feeble and unthreatening Opus 12. After a pretty - yes, pretty - Des Abends, one is bamboozled by Brendel's 'Aufschwung': since when has it be reducible to a skipping competition? Has it ever been played so limply? `Grillen' has all the torque of a shopping trolley. I cannot decide whether `In Der Nacht' is more prosaic than humorous: it has claims on both. `Traumes Wirren' - a Horowitz speciality - and `Ende vom Lied' are played with kid-gloves; the Steinways of the world must adore Uncle Alfred: unlike those mad Russians in this domain, he treats keyboards with avuncular respect.

We all have hobbies. Turning to Brendel's earlier version of the Fantasie - yes, there are two of them in the world - one must rejoice that Uncle Alfred never directed movies such as `Deep Throat', `Debbie does Dallas' or `Big Log's Day Out'. Eroticism is not his strong suit by a wide margin. Those who abjure Satan's filth will rejoice in this mild-mannered, chaste version of Opus 17 where mezzo-forte is sovereign.

Sure, Glenn Gould avoided Schumann like the plague - but what is one to say of a thrice-acclaimed `Great Pianist of the Twentieth Century' who is congenitally unable to play such music (among others)?

Cold dead hands indeed. Praise the Lord and pass me a pair of Y-Fronts.
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HASH(0x9f7827d4) out of 5 stars Dependable Brendel 18 Jan. 2013
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Very convincing performances. I like Brendel a lot and saw him do some of his final recitals in 2002. This is not as dramatic as the live Argerich live performance at the Concertgebouw, but very, very good. Brendel always seems to tell a story with his playing and these are no exception. Well worth owning.
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HASH(0x9f54f4a4) out of 5 stars If only He had used his Powers for Evil rather than Niceness 13 Mar. 2014
By Bernard Michael O'Hanlon - Published on Amazon.com
Charlton Heston, the Second Amendment gladiator, famously yapped "I'll give you my gun when you pry it from my cold, dead hands." I wish that Brendel had adopted a similar attitude towards his Schumann. Why could he not keep it to himself? Is there not enough suffering and mediocrity in the world?

Really, one would have to look far and wide to encounter such a feeble and unthreatening Opus 12. After a pretty - yes, pretty - Des Abends, one is bamboozled by Brendel's 'Aufschwung': since when has it be reducible to a skipping competition? Has it ever been played so limply? `Grillen' has all the torque of a shopping trolley. I cannot decide whether `In Der Nacht' is more prosaic than humorous: it has claims on both. `Traumes Wirren' - a Horowitz speciality - and `Ende vom Lied' are played with kid-gloves; the Steinways of the world must adore Uncle Alfred: unlike those mad Russians in this domain, he treats keyboards with avuncular respect.

We all have hobbies. Turning to Brendel's earlier version of the Fantasie - yes, there are two of them in the world - one must rejoice that Uncle Alfred never directed movies such as `Deep Throat', `Debbie does Dallas' or `Big Log's Day Out'. Eroticism is not his strong suit by a wide margin. Those who abjure Satan's filth will rejoice in this mild-mannered, chaste version of Opus 17 where mezzo-forte is sovereign.

Sure, Glenn Gould avoided Schumann like the plague - but what is one to say of a thrice-acclaimed `Great Pianist of the Twentieth Century' who is congenitally unable to play such music (among others)?

Cold dead hands indeed.Praise the Lord and pass me a pair of Y-Fronts.
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Nice piece, well executed.
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