June 8th is Schumann's birthday...

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June 8th is Schumann's birthday...

Post by Ken » Thu Jun 07, 2012 10:59 am

What will you be listening to to celebrate the composer's 202nd anniversary?

Today's selections include recordings of the Opus 92 Introduction and Allegro apassionato with Ashkenazy, Segal/LPO and the Frank Peter Zimmermann's monumental recording of the Violin Concerto with Vonk and the Kölner Radio-Sinfonie-Orchester.

Will report back tomorrow as to the birthday music.
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Re: Tomorrow is Schumann's birthday...

Post by Ted Quanrud » Thu Jun 07, 2012 4:04 pm

Thanks for the reminder, Ken.

I think I will set out the following for tomorrow evening:

Symphony No. 4 in d - Sir John Eliot Gardiner

Dichterliebe - Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau ( I'm still in a state of mourning)

Scenes from Goethe's "Faust" - the Benjamin Britten recording

Fantasy in C - Martha Argerich

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Re: Tomorrow is Schumann's birthday...

Post by jbuck919 » Thu Jun 07, 2012 4:13 pm

Not being a famous virtuoso pianist, I will avoid running through Kinderszenen.

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Re: Tomorrow is Schumann's birthday...

Post by Chalkperson » Thu Jun 07, 2012 6:02 pm

I will be celebrating the fact that after Mad Bob died the World was spared from any more of his Music... :mrgreen: :mrgreen: :mrgreen:
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Re: Tomorrow is Schumann's birthday...

Post by Seán » Fri Jun 08, 2012 2:02 am

Hi Ken,
Kreisleriana, Op. 16 by Robert Schumann, performed by Klára Würtz, I love it.
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Re: Tomorrow is Schumann's birthday...

Post by Ken » Fri Jun 08, 2012 4:00 am

Chalk and Jack, good to see that things haven't changed much around here regarding Mr. Schumann. :)
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Re: Tomorrow is Schumann's birthday...

Post by Ken » Fri Jun 08, 2012 4:04 am

Today's listening by the way started off with the three Violin Sonatas performed by Carolin Widmann/Denes Varjon on the ECM New Series label. Great performances the two A-minor Sonatas.
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Re: Tomorrow is Schumann's birthday...

Post by Chalkperson » Fri Jun 08, 2012 4:34 pm

Ken wrote:Chalk and Jack, good to see that things haven't changed much around here regarding Mr. Schumann. :)
No, partly because I recently listened to Mad Bob's reworking of Bach's Sonatas and Partitas, what was he thinking, oh right, it was probably one of his bad days...
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Re: Tomorrow is Schumann's birthday...

Post by jbuck919 » Fri Jun 08, 2012 4:40 pm

Ken wrote:Chalk and Jack, good to see that things haven't changed much around here regarding Mr. Schumann. :)
Well, in my case the consistency is my formerly expressed and widely shared dismay that Horowitz and others actually put Kinderszenen in their programs. My failure to comment to the point of the post meant that I would probably not be honoring Schumann, whom I revere, with a particular listen on his birthday. I tend not to do that for Bach, Beethoven, or Mozart either.

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Re: Tomorrow is Schumann's birthday...

Post by Elpenor » Fri Jun 08, 2012 5:01 pm

Ken wrote:What will you be listening to to celebrate the composer's 202nd anniversary?
Davidsbundlertanze and Fantasiestucke played by Benjamin Frith.
Fantasy in C (Marc-Andre Hamelin)
Romance op. 28/2 (Sergio Fiorentino)
Introduction and Allegro appassionato (Richter/Warsaw/Rowicki)
Waldszenen (Richter)

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Re: Tomorrow is Schumann's birthday...

Post by Lance » Sat Jun 09, 2012 12:12 am

Schumann ... right at the top for me. Would be lost without his music. Anyone who can play Schumann's Davidsbündlertänze with Adrian Aeschbacher on KASP records (now available on our own Don Isler's reissue courtesy of Deutsche Grammophon), or Moiseiwitsch's recording on Testmament (from EMI) of the Op. 12 Fantasiestücke, or the Humoreske (with Richter) - and the Kreisleriana with any number of great pianists ... will be missing some of Schumann's great solo piano masterpieces.
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