- Études symphoniques and Fantasiestücke
The German composer Robert Schumann had a sad and challenging life. At an early age he had significant emotional issues, and he ultimately died at an insane asylum at the age of 42. Schumann was a very influential musician in his time. He composed some wonderful music, including four symphonies, chamber music, and solo piano works. He contributed significantly to the early acceptance and ultimate success of his friend, Johannes Brahms.
On this CD, we hear:
- Études symphoniques, Op. 13
- Blumenstück, Op. 19
- Fantasiestücke, Op. 12
Performed by pianist Freddy Kempf
With a successful concert career Freddy Kempf has become firmly established among the top pianists of today. His very first disc, at the age of 22, was a Schumann recital that made reviewers around the world sit up and take notice. Kempf now returns again to Robert Schumann, with these three solo piano works.
Here is Freddy Kempf in the Chopin Etude Op.10 No. 12:
And next, here is Mr. Kempf in Beethoven’s Sonata Pathetique: (Listen carefully, because this is amazingly beautiful, powerful playing!)