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Pno Cto In A Min/Pno Qnt In E [Import]

Robert Schumann Audio CD
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«Quelque chose entre le concerto, la symphonie et la grande sonate.» C'est ainsi que Schumann définissait son Concerto pour piano, le seul qu'il ait écrit. Il est vrai qu'il s'agit d'une sorte de poème fougueux, délibérément romantique mais avec des vertiges intérieurs où le piano entraîne tout dans le sillage des vastes courbes mélodiques qu'il déploie. C'est dire ce qu'il exige du soliste. Maria Joao Pirès est exactement l'interprète qu'il faut à cette oeuvre parce qu'elle est d'abord poète et que la poésie est l'essence même de l'écriture schumanienne. L'affetuoso du premier mouvement, le grazioso du deuxième, elle les possède au plus haut point. Souple autant que tendre, son piano sait chanter avec expressivité, ouvrir des perspectives sur ces vertiges intérieurs, tout au long à l'oeuvre. Il sait aussi admirablement se marier aux sonorités aussi légères que fruitées (le hautbois et tous les bois) de l'orchestre de chambre d'Europe, dirigé dans une connivence parfaite avec la pianiste par Claudio Abbado. Et de l'intermezzo tendre et intime aux éclats passionnés du finale, c'est une interprétation renouvelée, "chantée", de ce beau concerto qu'on découvre là. Le disque contient un autre joyau, le Quintette avec piano, d'un lyrisme plus éclatant, soulevé par une passion qui semble se communiquer d'un interprète à l'autre, de Maria Joao Pirès à Augstin Dumay ou de Renaud Capuçon à Gérard Caussé ou Jian Wang. Le romantisme à l'état pur. -- Alain Duault

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4.0 out of 5 stars Schumann under Pires' hands... May 31 2001
By cesar
Format:Audio CD
There are a lot of superb recordings of Schumann Piano Concerto that is not showy at all but that is full of introvert fantasy, which means that this is a very difficult concerto for a pianist to bring off. I am always having a feeling that when one plays Schumann, he/she has to play with solid technique while he/she has to be "off the ground" almost to reach insanity. Really difficult.
Anyway, her playing in the concerto is very solid and her planning is so clear-cut, but she could not really reach such insanity or fantasy. That is sad, because I know that she could have been reached there as she did in Schumann "Waldszenen" on Deutche Gramophone and Erato labels.
I like her "slowness" that is sometimes criticized by a few piano listners (who I think tend to judge pianists by their fast fingerworks), though. Such slowness gives her playing soothing beauty, a virtue that I am having a hard time to find in any other current pianists.
In the quintet, Pires is radiant, inspired, and full of musical intelligence. Her playing is clearly driving all other players, especially in the majestic last movement.
Even if you do not like her concerto playing on this CD, please do not push "stop" there.
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By John Kwok TOP 100 REVIEWER
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Ms. Pires's performance of Schumann's piano concerto surely counts not only as among the slowest, but most graceful I've heard. Here she emphasizes lyricism over dramatic keyboard pyrotechnics and succeeds admirably, I think, in a vividly fresh intrepretation that deserves considerable attention from critics and fans alike. Her partnership with Claudio Abbado and the Chamber Orchestra of Europe is excellent too, showing her warm affinity for the conductor and his orchestra. Of course their playing is also superb, replete lively, warm, lyrical playing from the winds and strings. The Schumann Piano Quintet seems at first glance to be an odd coupling, yet here again Ms. Pires excels in yet another lyrical performance, underscored by the excellent playing of violinist Dumay, cellist Wang and the others. The sound quality is up to Deustche Grammophon's excellent standards. While this may not be a primary recommendation for Schumann's piano concerto, it certainly comes close.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Pires plays seamlessly with an ideal tempo April 20 2002
By Blygman
Format:Audio CD
I compared almost 30 interpretations of the Schumann piano concerto and ended up with 3 : Abbado/Pires, Karajan/Zimerman and a surprising one : "Robert Schumann: Meisterwerke Zum Kennenlernen" with the czech pianist Marian Lapsansky. 1) Pires plays with so much delicacy and introspection, the flow of keytrokes is seamless : very refreshing and compelling esp. for the 1st & 2nd movement. 2) Zimerman displays great virtuosity without playing too fast, esp. in the 3rd movement which is arresting. 3) the czech interpretation lays in-between. I was surprised an unknown interpretation could be that good.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Schumann under Pires' hands... May 31 2001
By cesar - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
There are a lot of superb recordings of Schumann Piano Concerto that is not showy at all but that is full of introvert fantasy, which means that this is a very difficult concerto for a pianist to bring off. I am always having a feeling that when one plays Schumann, he/she has to play with solid technique while he/she has to be "off the ground" almost to reach insanity. Really difficult.
Anyway, her playing in the concerto is very solid and her planning is so clear-cut, but she could not really reach such insanity or fantasy. That is sad, because I know that she could have been reached there as she did in Schumann "Waldszenen" on Deutche Gramophone and Erato labels.
I like her "slowness" that is sometimes criticized by a few piano listners (who I think tend to judge pianists by their fast fingerworks), though. Such slowness gives her playing soothing beauty, a virtue that I am having a hard time to find in any other current pianists.
In the quintet, Pires is radiant, inspired, and full of musical intelligence. Her playing is clearly driving all other players, especially in the majestic last movement.
Even if you do not like her concerto playing on this CD, please do not push "stop" there.
6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Uniquely Splendid Schumann Piano Concerto from Pires Dec 7 2002
By John Kwok - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
Ms. Pires's performance of Schumann's piano concerto surely counts not only as among the slowest, but most graceful I've heard. Here she emphasizes lyricism over dramatic keyboard pyrotechnics and succeeds admirably, I think, in a vividly fresh intrepretation that deserves considerable attention from critics and fans alike. Her partnership with Claudio Abbado and the Chamber Orchestra of Europe is excellent too, showing her warm affinity for the conductor and his orchestra. Of course their playing is also superb, replete lively, warm, lyrical playing from the winds and strings. The Schumann Piano Quintet seems at first glance to be an odd coupling, yet here again Ms. Pires excels in yet another lyrical performance, underscored by the excellent playing of violinist Dumay, cellist Wang and the others. The sound quality is up to Deustche Grammophon's excellent standards. While this may not be a primary recommendation for Schumann's piano concerto, it certainly comes close.
11 of 13 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Pires plays seamlessly with an ideal tempo April 20 2002
By Blygman - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
I compared almost 30 interpretations of the Schumann piano concerto and ended up with 3 : Abbado/Pires, Karajan/Zimerman and a surprising one : "Robert Schumann: Meisterwerke Zum Kennenlernen" with the czech pianist Marian Lapsansky. 1) Pires plays with so much delicacy and introspection, the flow of keytrokes is seamless : very refreshing and compelling esp. for the 1st & 2nd movement. 2) Zimerman displays great virtuosity without playing too fast, esp. in the 3rd movement which is arresting. 3) the czech interpretation lays in-between. I was surprised an unknown interpretation could be that good.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Piano Cto. is a washout, but Pires and friends light up the Piano Quintet July 9 2012
By Santa Fe Listener - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
There's no shame in being a very fine pianist, but Maria Joao Pires went through a period, around the time that this Schumann CD was released in 2000, when critics puffed up her reputation. We were asked to believe that her Schubert and Chopin was a revelation. This risked serious deflation, yet for a time if you noticed that she wasn't Pollini or Rubinstein, you were committing critical heresy. Here we begin with a Schumann concerto that is too sensitive for its own good. Abetted by lovely sounding but lackadaisical accompaniments from Abbado, Pires plays beautifully from bar to bar but with not enough force. Going pit-a-pat through three movements, never finding a strong climax in any of them, doesn't add up to a satisfying performance. So half the program is a washout.

It's a different story when Pires is the pianist in an all-star Piano Quintet that features Augustin Dumany (her regular duet partner in violin sonatas), Renaud Capucon, and Jian Wang. Their reading is satisfying despite Pires's pit-a-pat tendencies because the ensemble as a whole offers such intense, committed music-making. I like this performance much better than the Emersons, also on DG, which crunches through the work with stainless-steel efficiency. When Martha Argerich leads this work, it is even more passionate and romantic, reminding me of the glory days of chamber music with Rudolf Serkin and Pablo Casals. A strong enough reminder that even with half a loaf, this is a Schumann Piano Quintet that justifies the whole album. I can't think of a better one, Argerich excepted, in quite a while. As for the one I couldn't live without, that would be the Borodin Qt. with an incandescent Sviatoslav Richter.
5.0 out of 5 stars I've loved it. Maria Joao moves witj such an elegance and sensibility over the piano that's charming. And the dialogue with the Feb. 24 2014
By Jose Ferrao - Published on Amazon.com
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I've loved it. Maria Joao moves with such an elegance and sensibility over the piano that's charming. And the dialogue with the orchestra is pure cumplicity.
If we compare to other versions of Schumann's Piano Concert, like Kempf/Kubelick's, for instance, we find MJoao/Abbado's much more what the intimate Schumann had probably conceived
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