Posts tagged as "robert-schumann"

Glazunov, Schumann, Glinka, Liadov: Orchestral Works

May 25, 2016

Glazunov’s wonderfully atmospheric ‘The Seasons’ ballet, joins other Russian compositions by Liadov and Glinka as well as the colourful orchestral arrangement by Glazunov and others of Schumann’s ‘Carnaval’, in stunning recordings by Ernest Ansermet as part of the Decca Ansermet Legacy on Eloquence. In addition to the Glazunov and Glazunov-by-arrangement Ansermet recordings, this generous 2CD set […]

Schumann: Symphonies Nos. 3 & 4; Manfred Overture

May 25, 2016

The companion volume to Kubelik’s recordings of Schumann’s first and second symphonies. As with those, there is an air of elegance about these and the slow movement of the ‘Rhenish’ is perhaps without equal. There is also a refulgent ‘Manfred Overture’ to complete this well-filled disc. First release in Australia.

Grieg, Schumann: Piano Concertos

May 25, 2016

Spacious, generous performances of two of the most popular piano concertos in the repertory. These recordings have been unavailable for a very long time.

Schumann: Symphonies Nos. 1-4; Manfred & Genoveva Overtures

April 29, 2016

Zubin Mehta has had a long association with the Vienna Philharmonic, conducting them for his first ever recording for Decca (Bruckner’s Ninth Symphony – Decca Eloquence 461 3572) and returning often to conduct them both in their home city and on tour. Collected here for the first time are his complete Decca recordings of Schumann […]

Schumann: Études symphoniques; Papillons; Fantasiestücke

April 29, 2016

Three wondrous Schumann piano works on a single CD. Gulda’s iridescent ‘Fantasiestucke’ was issued in the early days of the compact disc. Haebler’s beautifully-shaded account of ‘Papillons’ receives its first release on CD (outside Japan, where it is also currently unavailable) and likewise Magaloff’s ‘Etudes symphoniques’ (only ever issued in France, and no longer available).

Brahms: Handel Variations; Schumann: Études symphoniques

April 29, 2016

Julius Katchen that colossus that bestrode the pianistic firmament for all too short a time, recorded the Brahms Handel and Paganini Variations three times, twice in mono and once in stereo. Surprisingly, these much-praised 1958 recordings have never before been issued on CD and are now being made available singly, on Eloquence.  All of Katchen’s […]

Andante Cantabile – Cello Encores

April 29, 2016

As he explains in his liner notes for this CD, Lynn Harrell uses the voice as his point of departure for this collection of encores. They are largely reflective pieces with a bit of fun such as the unfairly forgotten Glazunov ‘Spanish Serenade’ thrown in for good measure. And this once popular disc now makes […]

Schumann: Concertos; Concert Pieces

April 29, 2016

A unique collection, bringing together Schumann’s Concertos and concertante works, including the first international release of Ingrid Haebler’s recording of the Piano Concerto and Barenboim’s of the Konzertstück for Four Horns. The unjustly neglected Concert Pieces, Opp. 92 & 134 are given glorious readings by Ashkenazy and both the Cello and Violin Concertos receive admirable […]

The Panpipes of Zamfir

April 28, 2016

Being born in Romania and surrounded from childhood by folk melodies and fiery popular dance music certainly helps in forming an inspired musician, provided the talent is there. In the case of the exceptionally gifted Gheorghe Zamfir, who was born to a family of vine-growers in 1941 in Gaiesti near Bucharest, these fortunate circumstances led […]

Brahms: Paganini Variations; Schumann: Études symphoniques

April 28, 2016

One of Jean-Yves Thibaudet’s early Decca recitals, these are some of the most engaging and thrilling readings of a program of essentially concert etudes. To the Schumann, Thibaudet places the five posthumous variations as an appendix and his reading of the Brahms Paganini is one of the most scintillating of all.

Schumann: Lieder

April 28, 2016

Wolfgang Holzmair and Imogen Cooper’s lieder partnership is the stuff of dreams and their traversal of the Schumann repertoire has won them international plaudits both for performance as well as the sound engineering on these Philips recordings. Here, brought together for the first time as a collection, is their complete traversal of a vast selection […]

Beethoven: Serenade; Septet; Schuman: Adagio and Allegro

April 22, 2016

Beethoven was most distressed when he discovered that of all his recent compositions, it was his Septet that was gaining greatest favour by Viennese audiences. He considered it somewhat unworthy of himself! Yet, the music continues to endure and this marvellous recording is now coupled on CD with the more intimate ‘Serenade’ as well as […]