Speaking of Schumann, as his year winds down, you may want to consider the outstanding DGG 35-CD boxed set. I see even ArkivMusic has it about as inexpensive as it gets for them. This is truly a "jewel" edition and is a wonderful tribute to Schumann, probably the best one I've seen from any company, not surprising since Schumann was German and much appreciated in Germany. The other surprise edition came from Brilliant Classics [94008, 14 CDs, piano works only], which might be overlooked by some collectors. I have also the EMI sets issued in multi-CD boxes, which also has some golden moments. While I never thought of Vladimir Ashkenazy as a “extended Schumannist”, I was greatly impressed by many of his recordings in the budget-priced Decca box [470 915, 7 CDs], in fact, I found some Schumann pieces to be among the best of anything Ashkenazy has ever committed to disc.
One of the great pianists whose name is not frequently mentioned with regard to Schumann is Adrian Aeschbacher, who recorded one of the finest Davidsbündlertänzes I've ever had the pleasure of hearing. He recorded for Deutsche Grammophon initially and this was licensed to Donald Isler, our esteemed CMG member, who makes it available again on his KASP label. Among the finest Fantasiestückes, Op. 12 that I've ever heard comes from the piano of Benno Moiseiwitsch, which is worth seeking (recorded for HMV/EMI, appeared on RCA Bluebird, and lastly on the Testament label.
The Humoreske is another favourite piece of yours truly but seems to be largely neglected in the concert hall. Many fine recordings exist of this piece, but I am drawn to Sviatoslav Richter, de Larrocha, Brunoff, Lupu, and Frankl, along with some others.
Lance G. Hill
When she started to play, Mr. Steinway came down and personally
rubbed his name off the piano. [Speaking about pianist &*$#@+#]