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Claudio Arrau, RCO, Christoph von Dohnanyi - Edvard Grieg & Robert Schumann: Piano Concertos (1989) [Re-Up]

Edvard Grieg & Robert Schumann: Piano Concertos (1989)
Claudio Arrau, piano; Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra, Amsterdam; Christoph von Dohnányi

EAC | FLAC | Tracks (Cue&Log) ~ 304 Mb | Mp3 (CBR320) ~ 174 Mb | Scans included
Genre: Classical | Label: Philips | # 426 079-2 | Time: 01:06:55

Claudio Arrau recorded these concertos twice for Philips, the present performances in 1963, and then again in 1980 with Colin Davis and the Boston Symphony. There's very little to choose between them. Tempos are almost identical, and contrary to what one might expect, the slow movement of the Schumann concerto is actually a bit faster in the later version. Arrau's way with the music is wholly characteristic of the man: serious, even reverential (at the beginning of the Schumann), and played with drop-dead gorgeous tone. The result enhances the stature of both works, but the Grieg in particular. The climax of the finale has an epic grandeur without a hint of bombast that you simply won't find in any other performance. Dohnányi's accompaniments are also distinguished: he lets Arrau lead but isn't afraid to permit the orchestra to assert itself where necessary; and of course the playing of the Concertgebouw is top-notch. If you haven't heard Arrau in this music, it really doesn't matter which of his recordings you wind up with, but do try to get at least one of them.
Maria Gabriella Mariani - Schumann, Mariani, Debussy: Fairy Tales (2019)

Maria Gabriella Mariani - Schumann, Mariani, Debussy: Fairy Tales (2019)
WEB FLAC (tracks) - 181 MB | Tracks: 30 | 68:11 min
Style: Classical | Label: Da Vinci Classics

Maria Gabriella Mariani, Pianist: “I have two languages and many languages.” It is in this way that Maria Gabriella Mariani defines herself, and in fact music always and narrative writing since several years, are two sides of the same coin for her.
Mark Padmore, Kristian Bezuidenhout - Robert Schumann: Dichterliebe, Liederkreis; Franz Lachner: Five songs (2010)

Robert Schumann: Dichterliebe; Liederkreis; Franz Lachner: Five songs from Sängerfahrt (2010)
Mark Padmore, tenor; Kristian Bezuidenhout, fortepiano

EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue&Log) ~ 226 Mb | Mp3 (CBR320) ~ 162 Mb | Scans included
Classical, Vocal | Label: Harmonia Mundi USA | # HMU907521 | Time: 01:08:51

Mark Padmore and fortepianist Kristian Bezuidenhout combine here to perform two of Schumann’s major cycles to words by Heine. They also throw in a selection of five Heine settings by the largely forgotten Franz Lachner (1803-90) from his Sängerfahrt (Singer’s Journey), which include the same text – ‘Im wunderschönen Monat Mai’ – with which Schumann’s Dichterliebe begins.
Paul Lewis - Modest Mussorgsky: Pictures at an Exhibition; Robert Schumann: Fantasie, Op.17 (2015)

Paul Lewis - Mussorgsky: Pictures at an Exhibition; Schumann: Fantasie, Op.17 (2015)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue&Log) ~ 215 Mb | Mp3 (CBR320) ~ 150 Mb | Scans included
Genre: Classical | Label: Harmonia Mundi | # Harmonia Mundi | Time: 01:04:41

On this recording, Paul Lewis performs two major works of the keyboard repertoire. Decidedly programmatic, Mussorgsky's Pictures at an Exhibition is more commonly heard today in Ravel's orchestral version. However, the original for solo piano is both a technical tour-de-force and a brilliant example of the composer's coloristic gifts. The pairing is Schumann's Fantaisie Op.17, a work whose movements originally had evocative titles (Ruin, Triumphal Arch, Constellation). The 'program' was removed before publication, but the 'pictures' Schumann intended listeners to imagine remain.
Robert Schumann - Roll over Schumann: Kinderszenen, Op. 15 & Piano Concerto in A Minor, Op. 54 (2019)

Robert Schumann - Roll over Schumann: Kinderszenen, Op. 15 & Piano Concerto in A Minor, Op. 54 (2019)
WEB FLAC (tracks) - 136 MB | Tracks: 16 | 46:13 min
Style: Classical | Label: Blue Music Group

Kinderszenen (original spelling Kinderscenen, "Scenes from Childhood"), Opus 15, by Robert Schumann (1810-56), is a set of thirteen pieces of music for piano written in 1838. Schumann wrote 30 movements for this work, but chose 13 for the final version. The unused movements were published years later in Bunte Blätter, Opus 99, and Albumblätter, Opus 124.
Anne Gastinel, Claire Desert, Liege PO, Louis Langree - Robert Schumann: Cello Concerto; Works for Cello and Piano (2001)

Robert Schumann: Cello Concerto; Works for Cello and Piano (2001)
Anne Gastinel, cello; Claire Désert, piano
Orchestre Philharmonique de Liège; Louis Langrée, conductor

EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue&Log) ~ 252 Mb | Mp3 (CBR320) ~ 149 Mb | Scans included
Genre: Classical | Label: Naive | # V4897 | Time: 00:59:24

A remarkably intimate recording of Schumann's Cello Concerto in A minor, this performance by Anne Gastinel and the Orchestre Philharmonique de Liège, directed by Louis Langrée, may be a little too forward for the average listener's comfort. Direct Stream Digital engineering places Gastinel front and center – almost in one's living room – and the orchestra is not far behind. Such "living presence" may be an audiophile's delight, but others may find the proximity disconcerting, especially because Gastinel's bowing seems overly resinous up close. However, this is the only complaint worth making about this disc, for Gastinel is wonderfully expressive and the orchestra is extraordinarily balanced and clear in its timbres, no mean achievement in Schumann's problematic, thick orchestration. The remaining performances are less forwardly recorded and sound pleasant and natural, with a fresh spontaneity that feels more like a recital than a studio session.
Aapo Häkkinen, Réka Szilvay, Dmitry Sinkovsky, Alexander Rudin, Asko Heiskanen - Schumann: Fantasies & Fairy Tales (2018)

Aapo Häkkinen, Réka Szilvay, Dmitry Sinkovsky, Alexander Rudin, Asko Heiskanen - Schumann: Fantasies & Fairy Tales (2018)
EAC | FLAC (image+.cue, log) | Covers Included | 79:58 | 347 MB
Genre: Classical | Label: Naxos | Catalog: 8.573589

Schumann’s literary sensibility was exceptionally receptive to the ideas of fantasy and fairy tale. His poetic Hausmusik – music for domestic consumption – represents a motion from the outer to the inner world. This recording explores these affiliations in a unique way as most of the performances are the first to have been recorded on period instruments.
Paul Lewis - Mussorgsky: Pictures at an Exhibition / Schumann: Fantasie Op.17 (2015) [Official Digital Download 24-bit/96kHz]

Paul Lewis - Mussorgsky: Pictures at an Exhibition / Schumann: Fantasie Op.17 (2015)
FLAC (tracks) 24-bit/96 kHz | Time - 64:40 minutes | 945 MB
Studio Master, Official Digital Download | Artwork: Digital booklet

Compiled from two distinct recording sessions, 2010 and 2014, this rather anomalous pairing of Schumann and Mussorgsky by British virtuoso Paul Lewis offers some exquisite sonorities in the course of his traversal of two monuments of the Romantic repertory.
Markus Maskuniitty - Schumann, Saint-Saëns & Glière: Works for Horn & Orchestra (2019) [Official Digital Download 24/96]

Markus Maskuniitty - Schumann, Saint-Saëns & Glière: Works for Horn & Orchestra (2019)
FLAC (tracks) 24-bit/96 kHz | Time - 48:10 minutes | 828 MB
Studio Master, Official Digital Download | Artwork: Digital Booklet

Markus Maskuniitty’s debut recording together with the Royal Stockholm Philharmonic Orchestra together with its chief conductor Sakari Oramo, showcases four concertante works for horn and orchestra covering a period of one hundred years (from 1849 to 1951). Robert Schumann described the horn as the ‘soul of the orchestra’ and he had a profound affinity with the instrument. The most substantial of Schumann’s works featuring the horn is the Konzertstück for four horns and orchestra, Op. 86. Schumann considered the work as one of his best achievements as a composer.
Julian Prégardien, Eric Le Sage, Sandrine Piau - Schumann: Dichterliebe (2019) [Official Digital Download]

Julian Prégardien, Eric Le Sage, Sandrine Piau - Schumann: Dichterliebe (2019)
FLAC (tracks) 24-bit/48 kHz | Time - 66:00 minutes | 587 MB
Studio Master, Official Digital Download | Artwork: Digital Booklet

Julian Prégardien decided to record the Dichterliebe cycle after he came across the new Bärenreiter edition; he went on to explore the work in concerts with his constant accompanist, Eric Le Sage, inserting other works by Robert and also by Clara Schumann, whose bicentenary is celebrated in 2019. When Clara played the Dichterliebe in the 1860s, she used to slip extracts from Kreisleriana between the songs. Prégardien asked Eric Le Sage to record the same extracts on a Blüthner piano of 1856, the year of Robert’s death, and also to include Romances composed by both Robert and Clara at a time when their future marriage was still uncertain.