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Robert Schumann: Piano Concerto/Violin Concerto

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  • Performer: Harnoncourt; Argerich; Kremer; Chamber Orchestra of Europe
  • Composer: Schumann Robert
  • Audio CD (Jan. 21 2011)
  • SPARS Code: DDD
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Tld
  • ASIN: B000000SIX
  • In-Print Editions: Audio CD
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars 2 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #65,495 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)
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1. Piano Concerto In A Minor, Op. 54: Allegro affettuoso
2. Piano Concerto In A Minor, Op. 54: Intermezzo: Andantino grazioso
3. Piano Concerto In A Minor, Op. 54: Allegro vivace
4. Violin Concerto in D minor: In kraftigem, nicht zu schnellem Tempo
5. Violin Concerto in D minor: Langsam
6. Violin Concerto in D minor: Lebhaft, doch nicht schnell

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Dans ces deux enregistrements réalisés en public (1992 et 1994), Harnoncourt expérimente les principes de la musique de chambre, élargis à l'orchestre symphonique. La fragilité apparente de l'orchestre surprend par la finesse de l'énoncé des thèmes. Le dramatisme germanique des versions passées s'est estompé grâce à un orchestre transparent et soucieux avant tout du dialogue le plus intime (intermezzo du Concerto pour violon). Ces subtils alliages de couleurs sont miraculeux de préparation. Argerich joue parfaitement le jeu de ce dialogue d'une enthousiasmante finesse et lisibilité. Kremer bouscule également les conventions dans le rare Concerto pour violon. Les tensions rythmiques s'impriment avec la légèreté d'un concerto mozartien. C'est limpide et intelligent, sans pour autant remettre en question la primauté des grands témoignages passés. Voici une expérience qu'il faut connaître et qui, du même coup, fait passer à la trappe les versions précédentes de ces deux formidables musiciens. --Pierre Massé

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By A Customer on April 11 2000
Format: Audio CD
What an unexpected joy it was to discover this relatively unknown violin concerto. As a concert pianist I purchased this disc in order to hear Argerich's approach to the piano concerto (one of my favorites). It was the violin concerto, however, which has struck me to the heart. What an unbelievably beautiful work. The entire developoment section of the opening movement must be amongst the most wonderfully crafted music ever penned - achingly tender and quietly impassioned. The Langsam movement is also a profoundly beautiful utterance. Throughout Kremer's playing is insightful and captures the essence of the work. The Chamber Orchestra of Europe are a wonderful group and this CD provides some of the most beautiful orchestral sonorities I have encountered on recordings thus far. I LOVE this CD.
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the reason why I bought this disc is listenig to famous piano concerto. but when I first listend to this,I am immidiately trapped to violin concerto.until now I can hardly find the reason why this great piece isn't that famous. kremer's vilolin, as usual,powerful, but there is something different . it's a little resolved and more emotional. I think, schmann had a very great talent to catch and express personal feeling. its melancholy atmosphere appealed me than any other music
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47 of 48 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0xa620af6c) out of 5 stars unknown but unbelievable April 11 2000
By A Customer - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
What an unexpected joy it was to discover this relatively unknown violin concerto. As a concert pianist I purchased this disc in order to hear Argerich's approach to the piano concerto (one of my favorites). It was the violin concerto, however, which has struck me to the heart. What an unbelievably beautiful work. The entire developoment section of the opening movement must be amongst the most wonderfully crafted music ever penned - achingly tender and quietly impassioned. The Langsam movement is also a profoundly beautiful utterance. Throughout Kremer's playing is insightful and captures the essence of the work. The Chamber Orchestra of Europe are a wonderful group and this CD provides some of the most beautiful orchestral sonorities I have encountered on recordings thus far. I LOVE this CD.
26 of 27 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0xa7e833f0) out of 5 stars An excellent coupling of an old warhorse and a little-known gem Oct. 2 2005
By David Arenson - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
I always enjoy Nikolaus Harnoncourt's take on things. By going back to the original scores and following the dictates of the composer, he sometimes ignores performance tradition but captures nuances and intentions that have been lost. Such is the case here, especially with the violin concerto, where he and Gidon Kremer take the third movement at a slow pace -- a stately polonaise -- as the composer intended. (The accompanying booklet spells out Schumann's views quite clearly.) Not everyone likes this approach, but I do: the result is an elegant, moving and even playful work. For those who have not heard the concerto, the first movement epecially is a gem, one of those why-I-like-Schumann revelations brimming with musical ideas in the composer's unique personal style. The violin concerto has been unfairly maligned over time by those who say Schumann's powers were diminishing when he wrote it. If these are the ravings of a soon-to-be-madman, they are still better than most of the music written in his era!

The piano concerto, an old warhorse which has threatened to sink under its own overperformed weight, is played with verve and panache by Martha Argerich, a performance almost universally proclaimed as one of the best on disc. If you think you've heard the piano concerto a few times too many, Argerich and Harnoncourt put some of the magic back in the piece.
6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0xa7e83414) out of 5 stars Quite Possibly The Best Recording Of The Schumann Piano Concerto Currently Available May 23 2007
By John Kwok - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
Classical music fans who are also serious audiophiles should rush to buy this fine recording of the Schumann Piano Concerto. Although it is not my primary recommendation, it is noteworthy for several reasons, among which is the insightful, dramatic playing by soloist and conductor Christian Zacharias. Often overlooked by classical music fans in North America, Zacharias has received ample praise for his profound, dramatic interpretations of Classical and Romantic piano music, of which his most noteworthy performances may be those performing works composed by Beethoven, Schubert and Schumann. In Europe, he's also become well known as a conductor, and has led this small Swiss chamber orchestra comprised of exceptional musicians; an orchestral force that is noticeably smaller than comparable ensembles like the Chamber Orchestra of Europe and the Academy of Saint Martin in the Fields. Zacharias' noteworthy interpretation of the venerable Schumann Piano Concerto includes adherence to brisk tempi (especially the first and second movements) and using smaller orchestral forces. However, Zacharias's fine interpretation with a smaller orchestra may not appeal to those seeking more traditional accounts with much larger orchestras, of which those from the likes of Argerich, Grimaud and Perahia as soloists may be more appealing.

One of the most unusual aspects of this recording is its almost unique coupling with two rarely performed Schumann concertinos for piano and orchestra (The only other instance I'm aware of where all three works appear on the same recording is a 1990s recording with Murray Perahia as soloist accompanied by Claudio Abbado conducting the Berliner Philharmoniker.). Both pieces are performed admirably by Zacharias and his Lausanne chamber orchestra. Indeed these fine performances may be more important reasons of themselves in acquiring this recording than yet another fine performance of the Schumann piano concerto. Regardless this is definitely a Schumann recording of works for piano and orchestra which I can recommend highly, especially in its Hybrid SACD version.
15 of 18 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0xa7e8372c) out of 5 stars somewhat resolved but powerful March 23 2000
By A Customer - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
the reason why I bought this disc is listenig to famous piano concerto. but when I first listend to this,I am immidiately trapped to violin concerto.until now I can hardly find the reason why this great piece isn't that famous. kremer's vilolin, as usual,powerful, but there is something different . it's a little resolved and more emotional. I think, schmann had a very great talent to catch and express personal feeling. its melancholy atmosphere appealed me than any other music
8 of 10 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0xa7e835a0) out of 5 stars Is Kremer's first recording of the Schumann concerto better? Aug. 26 2006
By kreisler - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
The Schumann violin concerto clearly is underappreciated, and it is great that Kremer did a second recording. I may be biased by the fact that I first heard this wonderful piece of music in the first Kremer recording (with Riccardo Muti conducting). While I did feel that some passages in this earlier recording, especially in the final movement, were hurried, I feel that the newer (this) recording goes to the other extreme and that sometimes in the corner movements, the music is too static - I wonder if some tempi should be just in between. But anyway: If you like serious romantic music, non-virtuoso but rich in substance (like e.g. the first Brahms piano concerto) but don't know this Violin concerto, buy either one recording (or maybe both, the other one is still available coupled with the Brahms and Sibelius concertos), and you may be in for a big surprise.


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