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5.0 out of 5 stars beautiful playing, 3 Sep 2008
This review is from: Schubert: "Wanderer-Fantasie" - Schumann: Fantasie Op. 17 (DG The Originals) (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. The meditative quality of its accompaniment, the slow build up to 'fortissimo' chords, the magical, unexpected key changes are all played so beautifully by Pollini. The tempo doesn't fluctuate much throughout, there is very little 'rubato': Pollini doesn't need it to get his, or Schumann's, point across. Definitely one of my favourite recordings and I recommend it for the sake of the Schumann. It's just a pity that that piece wasn't coupled with something a bit more similar. Just because they are both fantasies doesn't mean that the pieces are alike.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Increadible, 2 Sep 2013
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This review is from: Schubert: "Wanderer-Fantasie" - Schumann: Fantasie Op. 17 (DG The Originals) (Audio CD)
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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