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Schumann: Kinderszenen, Waldszenen & Bunte Blätter (Excerpts) [French Only]

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  • Composer: Robert Schumann
  • Audio CD (18 Feb. 2008)
  • SPARS Code: DDD
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Warner Classics
  • ASIN: B000ZPHL0W
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 299,896 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

Track Listings

Disc: 1

  1. Schumann : Kinderszenen Op.15 : I Von fremden Ländern und Menschen
  2. Schumann : Kinderszenen Op.15 : II Kuriose Geschichte
  3. Schumann : Kinderszenen Op.15 : III Hasche-Mann
  4. Schumann : Kinderszenen Op.15 : IV Bittendes Kind
  5. Schumann : Kinderszenen Op.15 : V Glückes genug
  6. Schumann : Kinderszenen Op.15 : VI Wichtige Begebenheit
  7. Schumann : Kinderszenen Op.15 : VII Träumerei
  8. Schumann : Kinderszenen Op.15 : VIII Am Kamin
  9. Schumann : Kinderszenen Op.15 : IX Ritter vom Steckenpferd
  10. Schumann : Kinderszenen Op.15 : X Fast zu ernst
  11. Schumann : Kinderszenen Op.15 : XI Fürchtenmachen
  12. Schumann : Kinderszenen Op.15 : XII Kind im Einschlummern
  13. Schumann : Kinderszenen Op.15 : XIII Der Dichter spricht
  14. Schumann : Waldszenen Op.82 : I Eintritt
  15. Schumann : Waldszenen Op.82 : II Jäger auf der Lauer
  16. Schumann : Waldszenen Op.82 : III Einsame Blumen
  17. Schumann : Waldszenen Op.82 : IV Verrufene Stelle
  18. Schumann : Waldszenen Op.82 : V Freundliche Landschaft
  19. Schumann : Waldszenen Op.82 : VI Herberge
  20. Schumann : Waldszenen Op.82 : VII Vogel als Prophet
  21. Schumann : Waldszenen Op.82 : VIII Jagdlied
  22. Schumann : Waldszenen Op.82 : IX Abschied
  23. Schumann : Bunte Blätter Op.99 : I Stücklein 1
  24. Schumann : Bunte Blätter Op.99 : II Stücklein 2
  25. Schumann : Bunte Blätter Op.99 : III Stücklein 3
  26. Schumann : Bunte Blätter Op.99 : IV Albumblatt 1
  27. Schumann : Bunte Blätter Op.99 : V Albumblatt 2 'Fata morgana'
  28. Schumann : Bunte Blätter Op.99 : VI Albumblatt 3
  29. Schumann : Bunte Blätter Op.99 : VII Albumblatt 4 'Jugendschmerz'
  30. Schumann : Bunte Blätter Op.99 : VIII Albumblatt 5
  31. Schumann : Bunte Blätter Op.99 : X Präludium

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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x906a1b7c) out of 5 stars Patrician Readings by Pires 14 July 2009
By Doug - Haydn Fan - Published on
Schumann's delightful Kinderszenen, The Scenes from Childhood, are among his most original and attractive works. Strikingly enough they were composed before the Schumann family became filled to overbursting with new young faces! All of the works are very brief minatures, and each has its own personality. The Waldszenen, or Forest scenes, continue this approach with nine more individual miniature tone poems or poetic sketches. The generous Cd next has three charming little works from the Bunter Blatter, Op 99, an album about falling leaves and the colors of that season, and concludes with five equally short selections from the Albumblatter, simply, album leaves, tiny pieces where again brevity and directness is all as Schumann depicts the moods of Fall. The short Praludium adds a nice close to the selection.

This Cd is exactly the same as the Apex issue from Warner Classics, but adds an attractive cover and costs three dollars less. These performances were originally issued on Erato in 1985 from recordings made in August, 1984. So these are a quarter century old now. In Europe this exact Erato Cd was issued in 1996; the more expensive identical Pires Shcumann Apex issue here in Amazon USA is priced at a budget level in Amazon UK. Once again, it pays to shop around a bit, especially in such a confused marketing universe!

How good is Pires in this all so tricky composer's music? To my ear, pretty darn good! At times she leans to the serious and reflective a bit more than I'd care for - think Arrau - but it's a joy to hear such consistently distinquished piano playing. Pires shares with the best pianists the ability to maintain tempos without losing a sense of place - more difficult than people who don't play the piano would ever imagine. Her pedaling is superb, and Pires seemingly can stop on a dime and veer off instantly into a new pace - a most valuable skill in the ever-shifting universe of Robert Schumann's keyboard works!

Although this recording was made some time ago, the engineers did a fine job capturing not only Pires' fuller volumes but also her velvet soft touches. As mentioned, Schumann is always an extremely difficult composer to bring off - too often a pianist fails to vary the colors and tones enough, and the music begins sounding too much alike. Too, in very brief episodic compositions such as those here a performer must seize and hold the essence of each work from the very start. That Pires succeeds so well and so often with so many of these is remarkable! Finally, Pires' achievement in sustaining a fully integrated tone at the ready wherever she is on the keyboard without losing subtley or sacrificing wide variety of touch is proof we are here listening to a great master. This is finished piano playing on a very high order indeed, and a joy to sit back and follow in score.

Highest recommendation!
7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x90d97fb4) out of 5 stars Wonderful Schumann and early Pires 29 Dec. 2010
By E. Willinger - Published on
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I tend to separate the art of Maria Joao Pires into two phases: BC (Before Chopin) and AC (After Chopin). I'm sure Pires played Chopin throughout her career, but once she made the switch from Erato (now Warner) to DG and scored big with her recording of the complete Nocturnes, something changed. The clarity and sensitivity of her playing remained, but she became a more self-conscious, less forthright and (to my ears) a more mannered performer. This CD of reissued Schumann from the mid 1980s shows Pires (along with her earlier set of Mozart sonatas and concertos) at her finest, articulating the mercurial, challenging shifts of these pieces with poise and beauty. Very highly recommended.
3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x8ffe91bc) out of 5 stars Delightful! 30 July 2009
By S. B. Volchan - Published on
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This is a delightful CD with some of Schumann's fantastic miniatures. Maria João plays with incredible precision, clarity and a tender touch. Just wonderful.
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