Schumann "Ghost Variations" WoO24

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Schumann "Ghost Variations" WoO24

Post by Belle » Mon Jan 07, 2019 2:27 pm

This quite lovely piece is typical of the gentle lyricism of much of Schumann. The notes underneath this link are excellent and very poetically describe the character of these Variations:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KCmMYh6S5XA

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Re: Schumann "Ghost Variations" WoO24

Post by Lance » Wed Jan 09, 2019 1:33 pm

Sue (Belle), you certainly have a grand way of setting out your thoughts on certain pieces, and you're quite right! I presented on my weekly radio program Jean-Marc Luisada's recording of Schumann's "Ghost Variations," and had quite a few comments from listeners about the work. Most people knew nothing about it. Schumann apparently wrote it while in the sanitorium and the way it flows, one can detect what some might consider technical problems. I loved the work so much that I had to have other recordings, which include:

• Jean-Marc Luisada (mentioned above), RCA-France 78690
• Igor Levit, Sony-Germany 42445
• Piotr Anderzewski, EMI/Warner 58885
• Dina Ugorskaja, Avi (Germany) 8553217 [pianist Anatol Ugorski's daughter)
• Pavlina Dokovska, Gega 131 [who apparently made the first recording of the work]
• Michael Lewin, Sono Luminus 92168
• András Schiff, Teldec 14566

I'm sure there are others as well.
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Re: Schumann "Ghost Variations" WoO24

Post by maestrob » Thu Jan 10, 2019 10:28 am

I know it's hard to choose from all those great artists, but do you have a personal favorite, Lance? Perhaps Igor Levit?

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Re: Schumann "Ghost Variations" WoO24

Post by Lance » Thu Jan 10, 2019 11:07 pm

My most recent introduction was with Jean-Marc Luisada's recording of French RCA and it made a deep impression enough to include in my radio tribute to him. Dina Ugorskaja and Pavlina Dokovska also were top contenders as was Schiff.
maestrob wrote:
Thu Jan 10, 2019 10:28 am
I know it's hard to choose from all those great artists, but do you have a personal favorite, Lance? Perhaps Igor Levit?
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Re: Schumann "Ghost Variations" WoO24

Post by maestrob » Fri Jan 11, 2019 11:25 am

Lance wrote:
Thu Jan 10, 2019 11:07 pm
My most recent introduction was with Jean-Marc Luisada's recording of French RCA and it made a deep impression enough to include in my radio tribute to him. Dina Ugorskaja and Pavlina Dokovska also were top contenders as was Schiff.
maestrob wrote:
Thu Jan 10, 2019 10:28 am
I know it's hard to choose from all those great artists, but do you have a personal favorite, Lance? Perhaps Igor Levit?
Thanks! The only one of those I've heard of is, of course, Schiff. You've given me some new names to think about!

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