Schumann : Kreisleriana

Robert Schumann : Andantino from Sonata No. 3, Op. 14, Kreisleriana, Op. 16

Vladimir Horowitz (recorded in 1969)

Columbia MS 7264

Speakers Corner Records : LP 180 gram

Brand New and Sealed Record

  • Contents & Details

    Robert Schumann (1810-1856)
    A1 - Variations on a Theme by Clara Wieck, Third Movement (Andantino) from Sonata No.3 in F Minor, Op. 14
    A2 - Kreisleriana, Op.16 (Beginning)
         - 1.  Ausserst bewegt
         - 2.  Sehr innig und nicht zu rasch
    B - Kreisleriana, Op. 16 (Conclusion)
        - 3.Sehr aufgeregt
        - 4. Sehr langsam
        - 5. Sehr lebhaft
        - 6. Sehr langsam
        - 7. Sehr rasch
        - 8. Schnell und spielend

    Recorded in February and December 1964 at Columbia 30th Street Studio in New York City.

    It is always tempting with the "Kreisleriana", a portrayal of E.T.A. Hoffmann's wild, eccentric and genial Kapellmeister Kreisler, to study both the literary figure and to try to identify the characteristics of the composer Robert Schumann himself. In the eight Fantasies, as Schumann called them, we find a romantically coloured reflection of the ups and downs of life, which an artist such as Vladimir Horowitz could empathize with. Right in the very first movement furious chains of triplets "like electrical fire" (Hoffmann) seem to leap out of the keyboard. With a cool mind and extreme sensitivity Horowitz treats the extreme tempo markings such as 'very heartfelt, very agitated, very fast' with restrain, resulting in a haunting and controlled expression. The result is an effusion of gently flowing melodies and swift, pulsating movement full of spirited rhythm which heightens to nervous emotion. Rich, saturated sounds from the piano breathe life into even the quietest passages and the listener's highest expectations are totally fulfilled - as such a key work deserves. It only takes a little imagination to conjure up something of the irony and humour of the romanticist when »the music vibrates in the play of facial muscles« of the Kapellmeister Kreisler.

    The "golden age" of recordings was from 1955 to 1965, at the beginning of the LP and the stereo era, where pure vacuum tube amplification helped produce recordings demonstrating unparalleled fidelity and warmth, lifelike presence and illumination.

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