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5.0 out of 5 stars Schumann's le Matin, le Midi & le Soir, 20 Feb. 2014
This review is from: Schumann : Piano works (Audio CD)
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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Initial post: 27 Feb 2014 22:18:12 GMT
Joshua says:
I really enjoyed reading your review. Expressed very well.

In reply to an earlier post on 27 Feb 2014 22:19:50 GMT
thanks Joshua

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