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    Question Best Schumann piano works collections....

    What are your recommendations for Schumann's
    piano music?
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    I bought a lovely set by Dana Ciocarlie who I had never heard of. Live Complete Solo Works. It was really cheap at the time and they are lovely recordings

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    Would not hesitate putting this on top, but is OOP and expensive used.


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    The LeSage set has a lot of fine, engaged & idiomatic recordings, I don´t know of anything unsatisfying there.
    Argerich/Harnoncourt for the Piano Concerto.


    Argerich, Kissin and Horowitz each did several notable Schumann recordings.

    A couple of others:
    Davidsbündlertänze with Ugorski and Gieseking (definitely one of Gieseking´s more interesting recordings)
    Phantasie-Stücke & Waldszenen (complete) with Richter
    Humoreske with Feinberg

    etc.
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    If I was going to buy a complete set it would be Eric la Sage: His chamber music set is good and his solo Schumann got good reviews.

    schumann la sage.jpg

    I have Jorg Demus and I don't like it very much.

    Wilhelm Kempff has recorded quite a bit and it's a safe bet I guess - I have this set: this has 4 CDs - (there is also a set with 5 cds which includes the concerto.)

    Schumann Kempff.jpg

    But what can I say I'm not a big Schumann fan.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Ras View Post

    I have Jorg Demus and I don't like it very much.

    Wilhelm Kempff has recorded quite a bit and it's a safe bet I guess - I have this set: this has 4 CDs - (there is also a set with 5 cds which includes the concerto.)

    Schumann Kempff.jpg

    But what can I say I'm not a big Schumann fan.
    Just bought the Kempff - it is a remarkable display of civilised, illuminating playing. He was a very great pianist who knew the meaning of more is less.

    Demus is functional but not particularly illuminating
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    Other noted interpreters:

    Lupu
    Richter
    Horowitz
    Anda

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