András Schiff continues his recordings of Robert Schumann’s music in a program which includes: Papillons op. 2, Klaviersonate fis-moll op. 11, Kinderszenen op. 15, Fantasie C-Dur op. 17, Waldszenen op. 82, Thema mit Variationen (Geistervariationen).
Schiff is one of the great pianists of our time, and he traces the development of Schumann’s piano music from the early “Papillons”, written when Schumann was 19, all the way to the final “Geistervariationen”, (“ghost variations”) which the composer believed were dictated to him by angels. The Fantasy in C Major is heard with alternate endings: In addition to the official published version, Schiff includes a preliminary version he finds more musically convincing.
András Schiff gives his thoughts on Schumann in a very interesting note in the CD booklet.
Here is Andras Schiff, performing Schumann’s Novelletten Op 21 No 1 in F
And here is András Schiff playing Bach
And since I have strayed from Schumann, I might as well conclude with Schiff performing the Goldberg Variations by Bach
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