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).
Fantasiestücke, Op. 12
Friedrich Gulda, piano
Papillons, Op. 2
Ingrid Haebler, piano
Études symphoniques, Op. 13
Nikita Magaloff, piano
Recordings: August 1959 (Papillons), 1960 (Études symphoniques), February 1984 (Fantasiestücke)
‘Gulda finds an appropriately dreamy, veiled sound … Haebler captures the playfulness and whimsical character of Papillons … Magaloff plays the Etudes symphoniques magnificently … a wonderful performance’ Fanfare