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Schumann : Fantasy in C/Faschingsschwank aus Wien/Papillons

4.8 out of 5 stars 4 customer reviews

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  • Audio CD (3 Jun. 2002)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: EMI
  • ASIN: B000067DNW
  • Other Editions: Audio CD
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 255,112 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

Track Listings

Disc: 1

  1. I. Durchaus phantastisch und leidenschaftlich vorzutragen
  2. II. Mässig - Durchaus energisch
  3. III. Langsam getragen - Durchweg leise zu halten
  4. I. Allegro
  5. II. Romanze
  6. III. Scherzino
  7. IV. Intermezzo
  8. V. Finale
  9. Papillons Op. 2 (2001 Digital Remaster)

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Very few pianists can match Richter's dazzling virtuosity and lavishing tonal colours he captures in Schumann's solo piano music. I like the lack of sentimentality in the way Richter plays Schumann, striving to achieve something more than emotional, something transcendent.

If you like Schumann's piano music, Richter and Rubinstein's renditions of Fantasie in C and Carnaval are must-have.
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A simply tremendous performance of the Fantasie, with a sublime last movement. The other works (live performances) are wonderfully played too with an incredible variation in tone colour. The audience is a bit noisy at times but you soon forget about that and marvel at the playing.
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Richter's playing is as brilliant as ever. Just be aware that this recording has quite noticeable sounds of coughing and rustling throughout.
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This is a delightful recording by Sviatoslav Richter.
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Amazon.com: HASH(0x90e4d2f4) out of 5 stars 7 reviews
17 of 17 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x90ac1cb4) out of 5 stars Beautifully poised Schumann 31 Mar. 2004
By klavierspiel - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
Sviatoslav Richter was a pianistic giant, one of the most admired of a bumper crop of Russian pianists who emerged in the wake of World War II. His concert appearances in the U.S. were not as plentiful as they might have been, due to his own idiosyncracies and the vagaries of the Cold War. It must be said that in his live performances (of which many are available on disc) he could be uneven, occasionally overplaying and crushing the music in the heat of the moment. These Schumann performances are all the more astonishing, then, for their poised musicianship as much as for Richter's signature technical prowess. The latter is of course much in evidence in the all-but-insane tempi for the coda of the second movement of the Fantasy and the finale of "Fassingschwank." But what lingers even more in this listener's ear is Richter's controlled mastery in shaping the arching melodic lines of the opening and closing movements of the Fantasy, some of Schumann's most potently beautiful music, and the unexpected charm and wit of the dozen tiny dances that comprise "Papillons." The sound is not state-of-the-art by today's standards, but perfectly acceptable.
In sum, this is a beautiful, memorable and surprising recording for those used to the Russian pianist's more headlong performances.
10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x90ac1d08) out of 5 stars Richter's Schumann Fantasy is the best out there! 30 May 2004
By Snookie - Published on Amazon.com
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The Schumann Fantasy is one of my favorite pieces of music written during the 19th Century. I have several recordings of it by such pianists as Rubinstein, Horowitz, Perahia, de Larrocha and this one by Richter.
It is the best one that I've heard, and is one of my favorite recordings from Richter. He draws you into his "biosphere" (to coin a phrase from his protege' Andrea Gavriolv). The virtuosity of the middle movement is incredible, his tempo is absolutely insane, but after all, he IS Sviatoslav Richter! The dynamic control, phrasing and tonal nuance are just sublime. His phrasing lingers on in your heart long after he is finished. Just Beautiful!
5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x91c29cb4) out of 5 stars beautiful 26 Nov. 2006
By D. Jack Elliot - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
Sviatoslav Richter's artistry fascinates me, because it is intimate and personal at the same time that it is extroverted and aggressive. You'd think those traits couldn't go together, but in Richter's playing they do. His are complex, multifaceted interpretations; he's both muscular and delicate, both athlete and poet.

I see that many of the other reviewers here love the Fantasy; I must confess that I found the piece more difficult than the others at the first hearing, so I'll have to return to it again soon. But the Faschingsschwank and Papillons are gorgeous and captivating, with unforgettable melodic material and extraordinary dramatic character; and again, Richter presents interpretations of a truly legendary caliber: these are the rare, elite sort of readings that add even greater depth to compositions that are already great masterworks.

As this reissue is only $7 new, you're truly committing a crime if you don't pick one of these up.
HASH(0x90ac1f90) out of 5 stars Great CD. 26 Nov. 2014
By Gregory - Published on Amazon.com
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I am not a professional or an expert. With this (dis)qualification I think that it is a superb performance by Richter. Two last works on this CD are not commonly played. Only Sofronitsky played Papillons as interesting, but his records are of poor technical quality being >50-year old.
HASH(0x90ac1dc8) out of 5 stars There is not much to be said 1 Nov. 2013
By Romulo S. G. Oliveira - Published on Amazon.com
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Well, once we are dealing with Sviatoslav Richter we can only aim our complaints to record aspects, which is good enough, nothing superb as a live recital, of course, and flawless after all.

It's Richter, what else would you expect.
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