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  • Performer: Maria João Pires, Augustin Dumay, Renaud Capuçon, Gérard Causse
  • Orchestra: Chamber Orchestra of Europe
  • Conductor: Claudio Abbado
  • Composer: Robert Schumann
  • Audio CD (12 Mar. 2013)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: DG
  • ASIN: B00004SDO0
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 158,140 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Listen  1. Schumann: Piano Concerto In A Minor, Op.54 - 1. Allegro affettuosoMaria João Pires15:19£1.89  Buy MP3 
Listen  2. Schumann: Piano Concerto In A Minor, Op.54 - 2. Intermezzo (Andantino grazioso)Maria João Pires 5:03£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  3. Schumann: Piano Concerto In A Minor, Op.54 - 3. Allegro vivaceMaria João Pires11:10£1.49  Buy MP3 
Listen  4. Schumann: Piano Quintet in E flat, Op.44 - 1. Allegro brillanteMaria João Pires 9:00£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  5. Schumann: Piano Quintet in E flat, Op.44 - 2. In modo d'una marcia (Un poco largamente)Maria João Pires 9:07£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  6. Schumann: Piano Quintet in E flat, Op.44 - 3. Scherzo (Molto vivace)Maria João Pires 4:38£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  7. Schumann: Piano Quintet in E flat, Op.44 - 4. Allegro, ma non troppoMaria João Pires 7:21£0.79  Buy MP3 

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0 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Mr. David W. Legg on 22 Jan. 2015
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Used to be a bit bored with Schumann, but this CD is quite something.
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Schumann under Pires' hands... 1 Jun. 2001
By cesar - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
There are a lot of superb recordings of Schumann Piano Concerto that is not showy at all but that is full of introvert fantasy, which means that this is a very difficult concerto for a pianist to bring off. I am always having a feeling that when one plays Schumann, he/she has to play with solid technique while he/she has to be "off the ground" almost to reach insanity. Really difficult.
Anyway, her playing in the concerto is very solid and her planning is so clear-cut, but she could not really reach such insanity or fantasy. That is sad, because I know that she could have been reached there as she did in Schumann "Waldszenen" on Deutche Gramophone and Erato labels.
I like her "slowness" that is sometimes criticized by a few piano listners (who I think tend to judge pianists by their fast fingerworks), though. Such slowness gives her playing soothing beauty, a virtue that I am having a hard time to find in any other current pianists.
In the quintet, Pires is radiant, inspired, and full of musical intelligence. Her playing is clearly driving all other players, especially in the majestic last movement.
Even if you do not like her concerto playing on this CD, please do not push "stop" there.
6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
A Uniquely Splendid Schumann Piano Concerto from Pires 7 Dec. 2002
By John Kwok - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
Ms. Pires's performance of Schumann's piano concerto surely counts not only as among the slowest, but most graceful I've heard. Here she emphasizes lyricism over dramatic keyboard pyrotechnics and succeeds admirably, I think, in a vividly fresh intrepretation that deserves considerable attention from critics and fans alike. Her partnership with Claudio Abbado and the Chamber Orchestra of Europe is excellent too, showing her warm affinity for the conductor and his orchestra. Of course their playing is also superb, replete lively, warm, lyrical playing from the winds and strings. The Schumann Piano Quintet seems at first glance to be an odd coupling, yet here again Ms. Pires excels in yet another lyrical performance, underscored by the excellent playing of violinist Dumay, cellist Wang and the others. The sound quality is up to Deustche Grammophon's excellent standards. While this may not be a primary recommendation for Schumann's piano concerto, it certainly comes close.
11 of 13 people found the following review helpful
Pires plays seamlessly with an ideal tempo 20 April 2002
By Blygman - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
I compared almost 30 interpretations of the Schumann piano concerto and ended up with 3 : Abbado/Pires, Karajan/Zimerman and a surprising one : "Robert Schumann: Meisterwerke Zum Kennenlernen" with the czech pianist Marian Lapsansky. 1) Pires plays with so much delicacy and introspection, the flow of keytrokes is seamless : very refreshing and compelling esp. for the 1st & 2nd movement. 2) Zimerman displays great virtuosity without playing too fast, esp. in the 3rd movement which is arresting. 3) the czech interpretation lays in-between. I was surprised an unknown interpretation could be that good.
wonderful recording and interpretation 12 Mar. 2013
By The Alchemist - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
Pires plays with beauty and sensitivity. Others write that she plays this work slowly and without enough force. What I hear is playing that is extremely musical. I am not looking for pyrotechnics in this beautiful piece by Schumann. I don't think that he would either. Maria Pires plays like she is really listening to the orchestra and each complements the other. Her interpretation is one of the most thoughtful I have ever listened to. This tells me that she not only should be lauded for her
wonderful pianistic playing but equally for her musicianship.
I've loved it. Maria Joao moves witj such an elegance and sensibility over the piano that's charming. And the dialogue with the 24 Feb. 2014
By Jose Ferrao - Published on Amazon.com
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I've loved it. Maria Joao moves with such an elegance and sensibility over the piano that's charming. And the dialogue with the orchestra is pure cumplicity.
If we compare to other versions of Schumann's Piano Concert, like Kempf/Kubelick's, for instance, we find MJoao/Abbado's much more what the intimate Schumann had probably conceived
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