on 12 April 2013
I believe.I'm not a huge Schumann man,but have always liked these 2 pieces,and argerich plays them to perfection.A pity that the Brendel pairing seems to have vanished,as I liked that even more,the sound being a tad more naturalistic,but this is well worth anyones time and money.
on 17 April 2012
Five INSPIRED Stars! This recording, which contains material previously released in LP vinyl format, captures the 3-time Grammy-winning piano virtuoso Martha Argerich in 1976 in excellent performances of Romantic-era composer Robert Schumann's fantasies: the 3 movement "Fantasie in C major, Opus 17", highlighted by the Argerich's dramatic, emotional performance of the 11 minute "Tempo 1" first movement with its main theme displayed across the shifting tempos and the florid beauty of the "Langsam getragen" third movement. Schumann's "Fantasiestücke, Opus 12" which consists of 8 thematic pieces, written in 4 keys, is inspired by favorite Schumann characters from novels by Romantic author E.T.A. Hoffmann. Highlights are the fabulous "Des Abends" (Evening time), "Warum" (Why?) , the turbulent "Grillen" (Whimsy), Fabel" (Fable), the frantic "Traumes Wirren" (Dream Confusions), and the climatic "Ende vom Lied" (End of the Song) pieces. Captured here at age 36, the award-winning Ms Argerich by this time was already considered one of the greatest pianists in classical history and her performances of these beautiful, highly technical masterpieces are superbly executed with wonderful nuances, elevating the compositions with her well-known pianistic flair. My Highest Recommendation. Five IMPRESSIVE Stars! (Audio CD; notes in English, French, and German; Time: ~52 minutes)