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Schumann : Piano works

Piotr Anderszewski Audio CD
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  • Audio CD (28 Feb 2011)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: EMI
  • ASIN: B004CD3A4Y
  • Other Editions: MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
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“For me, Schumann is the great humanist,” says Piotr Anderszewski. “His purity and honesty touch me profoundly.” This new recital brings together three of the composer’s more rarely performed keyboard works, including the last piano music he completed.

“I fell back in love with Schumann a couple of years ago when I played the Humoreske,” explains Piotr Anderszewski. “For me, Schumann is the great humanist: there is more to his work and his life than music, and his purity and honesty touch me profoundly ... There is even greatness in the failures he experienced as a composer – with the orchestra and in matters of form … He doesn’t achieve the perfection of Chopin, Brahms or Mendelssohn.

For this recital, Anderszewski turns his attention to some of Schumann’s less frequently performed works. The Humoreske of 1839, far more serious-minded and substantial than its name might suggest, is built in five discrete sections. Mercurial in it shifts of mood, it reflects the composer’s report to his wife Clara that, while working on the piece, he was “laughing and crying, all at once”.

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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars great Schumann playing 17 April 2012
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I've listened to both this recording and that by Radu Lupu of the Humoresque just now and I find this the better of the two: more engaging and alive. Piotr understands the manic character of Schumann's music. His playing is rivetting.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Schumann's le Matin, le Midi & le Soir 20 Feb 2014
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First of all, I direct the reader's attention to SFL's superb review (on Amazon.com) and in particular, the first paragraph. I love his reference to the near-violence of both Horowitz and Richter at the keyboard and how it animates their Schumann. In cricket, that's a six!

I suspect that SFL and I have different placements for Schumann in our respective pantheons (not that there's anything wrong with that). I adore the disc in question. For me, it's exothermic, not endothermic. Humoreske is clearly a masterpiece - it is an invitation to descend into a rabbit hole where a Schumann Wonderland of spontaneity, euphoria and instability awaits. Six Studies in Canonical Form for Organ or Pedalklavier, Op. 56, suffers from its starchy name: it is another instance where Schumann pays homage to the ghost of Johann Sebastian Bach. A masterpiece it ain't. Gesänge der Frühe, written five months before angelic voices took over Schumann's head, is coming to prominence. Uchida, Pollini and now Anderszewski have recorded it over the past decade or so. Much like the third movement of Märchenerzählungen, it is premonitory. Billy Holiday sings, "Just say that our little show / is over and so / the story ends." Opus 133 does likewise: into that darkness.

I have listened to Horowitz in Opus 20 for nearly 24 years. I might as well be a longhorn with a `VH Ranch' brand on my hindquarters. It takes a god-almighty effort to accommodate a newcomer: here is such an instance. Anderszewski on the whole is slower than both Horowitz in Humoreske and Pollini in Opus 133; in neither instance does he stall. All great interpreters of Schumann have one thing in common: they keep apace with his mercurial temperament and demands. Anderszewski stays on his tail like it's a WWI dogfight above the trenches. He vividly characterises each composition. This man was born to play Schumann. The listener is left bewitched.

The recording is stupendous. Gun stuff.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A great pianist in an uneven selection of works 21 April 2014
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Anderzewski's Diabelli Variations left me breathless. As a result my anticipations regarding this Schuman were possibly too high. I found the Humoreske totally enjoyable but found the other two works "interesting". All in all, this record made me remember with a bit of nostalgia some of Richter's Schuman recordings.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Amazing musicianship 8 May 2012
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Am glad I purchased this. Anderszewski is an astounding musician, technically formidable. But its really not the most involving disc. It's not particularly well recorded and the repertoire, whilst fine in short bursts, gets a bit boring over the length of the disc. Nice to return to every so often.
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9 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Less familiar Schumann given a masterful interpretation 8 Mar 2011
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Schumann is a mainstay of many pianists' repertoire, but the most memorable interpreters find a personal connection between his temperament and theirs. One thinks of Horowitz and Richter especially, two restless imaginations capable of near violence at the keyboard, mercurial flights of fancy, and enormous will power. They were pianists who seemed larger than the piano, one might say. Anderszewski has much the same musical temperament, as he showed early on, not with Schumann but with the Diabelli Variations -- he turned in a daringly personal reading that confronted the work's thorny eccentricity and mysterious emotional twists and turns. Schumann's idiom takes off from that side of Beethoven, releasing the piano into a range of emotional freedom unheard of before and probably since.

One sign of Anderszewski's penetration into Schumann's shadowy recesses is his choice of works here. He has skipped over the composer's popular favorites (Fantasy in C, Carnaval, Kinderszenen), the masterpieces loved by aficionados (Davidsbundlertanze, Kreisleriana), and even Richter's fairly obscure favorites (Bunte Blatter, Noveletten), as if these aren't challenging enough. Because of his fitful mental illness but more because of his own divided temperament, Schumann opens some avenues of piano writing that feel unhinged or so private that no one outside the composer can relate to them. But, then, the same might be said of the Diabelli Var., of course, which may be why Anderszewski chose them to start his Beethoven career. There seems to be a pattern.

This is all a prelude to saying that this new CD is at times a tough listen. Even the most familiar work, Humoreske, is played with aching sensitivity, often slowly. All three works exhibit the difficult side of Schuman, expressing what is most contradictory, wayward, and inexplicable. Because of Anderszewski's obvious power and command, which is fully up to Richter's standards, critics have bowed down with praise -- how could you not? But even for an experienced listener, one work at a sitting is enough. If you want to follow a superbly imaginative pianist as he tries to unravel one of the most tortured seminal minds of musical Romanticism, here is an ideal opportunity, but for simple pleasures, this isn't a good choice.

P.S. 2014 - A return to Anderszewski's Humoreske after hearing some early Richter and more recent Radu Lupu and Andras Schiff made me admire his reading even more than I did at first. It's not simply personal but shows signs of genius.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Schumann's le Matin, le Midi & le Soir 20 Feb 2014
By Bernard Michael O'Hanlon - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
First of all, I direct the reader's attention to SFL's superb review and in particular, the first paragraph. I love his reference to the near-violence of both Horowitz and Richter at the keyboard and how it animates their Schumann. In cricket, that's a six!

I suspect that SFL and I have different placements for Schumann in our respective pantheons (not that there's anything wrong with that). I adore the disc in question. For me, it's exothermic, not endothermic. Humoreske is clearly a masterpiece - it is an invitation to descend into a rabbit hole where a Schumann Wonderland of spontaneity, euphoria and instability awaits. Six Studies in Canonical Form for Organ or Pedalklavier, Op. 56, suffers from its starchy name: it is another instance where Schumann pays homage to the ghost of Johann Sebastian Bach. A masterpiece it ain't. Gesänge der Frühe, written five months before angelic voices took over Schumann's head, is coming to prominence. Uchida, Pollini and now Anderszewski have recorded it over the past decade or so. Much like the third movement of Märchenerzählungen, it is premonitory. Billy Holiday sings, "Just say that our little show / is over and so / the story ends." Opus 133 does likewise: into that darkness.

I have listened to Horowitz in Opus 20 for nearly 24 years. I might as well be a longhorn with a `VH Ranch' brand on my hindquarters. It takes a god-almighty effort to accommodate a newcomer: here is such an instance. Anderszewski on the whole is slower than both Horowitz in Humoreske and Pollini in Opus 133; in neither instance does he stall. All great interpreters of Schumann have one thing in common: they keep apace with his mercurial temperament and demands. Anderszewski stays on his tail like it's a WWI dogfight above the trenches. He vividly characterises each composition. This man was born to play Schumann. The listener is left bewitched.

The recording is stupendous. Gun stuff.
9 of 18 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars A disappointment 20 April 2011
By villegem - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
On large professional studio monitors, this recording sounds quite distant, as if the auditor -i.e. the miking- was on the first balcony. A grand piano is a 450 kg instrument roughly 3m long. Here it feels barely powerful enough to interrupt a conversation... Not to mention that the instrument fortissimo interaction with the room does not bring the best of sounds.
This is poor recording technique, quite prevalent these days in classical music. No bass, no presence, just a disembodied representation. Hardly the way to bring new fans to classical music. Oh but I forgot, as long as critics play the game and shower these creations with "recording of the month" awards, the musical chair game can continue.
And I am not even talking about the musical aspect of it... And Anderszewski is a pianist that I find interesting. At least this is not vulgar like Lang Lang but this time, the exercise seems quite empty, quite unmoving, a beautiful building visited but no one lives in it. In Humoreske, it feels as if he is interested in carving a sound above all, not story telling. There is so much more that can be done with this superb music. A disappointment in so many levels...
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