High-End HD-Vinyl 24/192 (DGG) Robert Schumann – Symphonische Etüden (Maurizio Pollini)

When pure beauty enters the stage, all you can do is to be silent, to hear and to fall on your knees and (optional) to cry for happyness. Schumann and Pollini are reasons enough to do it.
What makes Pollini such a great interpreter of Schumann? Passion. Tension. Being alive to the forces of disintegration and chaos in the composer’s psyche; indeed: much as Moses raised the brazen serpent as a cure for pestilence, Pollini understands Schumann is reliant upon the orphic power of music to keep the darkness at bay.

# Composer: Robert Schumann
# Performer: Maurizio Pollini
# Vinyl (1984)
# Number of Discs: 1
# Format: Flac
# Label: DGG
# DR-Analysis: DR 12
# Size:  1.49 GB
# Scan: yes
# Server: FileFactory

Nowhere in the entire catalog of Schumann recordings will you find a greater performance of this set. In these pieces, as in his celebrated versions of the Fantasy in C and the Sonata, Op. 11, Pollini is magisterial, profound, and utterly compelling. Unlike many other interpreters, he wisely inserts the five posthumous variations between Variations V & VI of the published group, integrating them seamlessly into the whole. His playing, as always, is notable for its penetrating insight, and for the intense emotionalism he’s able to summon without the least loss of clarity. Coupled with sublime reading of the ‘Arabeske’, this is Schumann playing for the ages.

Great pianists cast a spell that captures the imagination of listeners, but not all listeners. Rubinstein entraced his countless fans; I fall asleep. Shura Cherkassky sends me running from the room. But I am captivated by Pollini’s spell, with its piercing intelligence and coiled intensity. He gives and holds back at the same time. That adds an element of suspense and mystery to his playing that I relish.

But there are times when Pollini gives his all, and this 1981 account of the Symphonic Etudes is one of those times. Without sacrificing control, the pianist allows Schumann’s most ecstatic passages to blossom; his tempos run free at the great climaxes; and he is altogether in Schumann’s romantic world without succumbing to salon sentimentality. In short, this is an unassailable reading. Among postwar pianists only Richter matches it. The greatest set of piano vairations between Beethoven and Brahms is given full justice.




  Symphonische Etueden Op. 13 / 5 Variationen Op. Post
A1 Thema. Andante 1:21
A2 Etuede I. Un Poco Piu’ Vivo 1:16
A3 Etuede II. Marcato Il Canto 2:54
A4 Etuede III. Vivace 1:11
A5 Etuede IV 0:54
A6 Etuede V 1:12
A7 Variation Post. I 1:33
A8 Variation Post. II 1:45
A9 Variation Post. III 1:03
A10 Variation Post. IV 2:16
A11 Variation Post. V 2:21
B1 Etuede VI. Agitato 0:53
B2 Etuede VII. Allegro Molto 1:10
B3 Etuede VIII 1:49
B4 Etuede IX. Presto Possibile 0:39
B5 Etuede X 1:17
B6 Etuede XI 1:34
B7 Etuede XII. Allegro Brilliante 6:50
  Arabeske Op. 18
B8 Leicht Und Zart – Minore I – Minore II – Zum Schluss 6:23


Analyzed folder: /192k Schumann – Symphonische Etueden – Pollini
DR        Peak        RMS        Filename
DR16        -3.79 dB     -25.42 dB     A1 Thema. Andante.aif
DR12        -8.93 dB     -25.70 dB     A10 Variation Post. IV.aif
DR11        -11.85 dB     -27.39 dB     A11 Variation Post. V.aif
DR12        -6.91 dB     -22.96 dB     A2 Etuede I. Un Poco Piu’ Vivo.aif
DR12        -2.93 dB     -18.90 dB     A3 Etuede II. Marcato Il Canto.aif
DR10        -5.30 dB     -20.38 dB     A4 Etuede III. Vivace.aif
DR11        -0.66 dB     -15.50 dB     A5 Etuede IV.aif
DR12        -3.39 dB     -20.40 dB     A6 Etuede V.aif
DR11        -4.28 dB     -17.78 dB     A7 Variation Post. I.aif
DR11        -7.57 dB     -24.35 dB     A8 Variation Post. II.aif
DR10        -3.25 dB     -17.67 dB     A9 Variation Post. III.aif
DR10        -4.18 dB     -16.79 dB     B1 Etuede VI. Agitato.aif
DR11        -0.83 dB     -15.23 dB     B2 Etuede VII. Allegro Molto.aif
DR13        -3.75 dB     -19.25 dB     B3 Etuede VIII.aif
DR12        -0.77 dB     -17.61 dB     B4 Etuede IX. Presto Possibile.aif
DR11        -1.35 dB     -15.63 dB     B5 Etuede X.aif
DR12        -5.59 dB     -24.21 dB     B6 Etuede XI.aif
DR12        -0.60 dB     -16.73 dB     B7 Etuede XII. Allegro Brilliante.aif
DR14        -5.63 dB     -24.93 dB     B8 Arabeske Op. 18 – Leicht Und Zart – Minore I – Minore II – Zum Schluss.aif
Number of files:    19
Official DR value:    DR12

Ripping Info


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13 thoughts on “High-End HD-Vinyl 24/192 (DGG) Robert Schumann – Symphonische Etüden (Maurizio Pollini)

    • La prima volta che vidi Pollini in TV deve essere stato quasi una quarantina di anni fa….durante una registrazione per la TV, l’intero concerto di LvB Nr. 3, col vecchio Kurt Böhm che dirigeva seduto per via di dolori e l’età avanzata…e Pollini che “cantava” in sottovoce (come Keith Jarret) ogni singola nota che suonava…

  1. His interpretation and technique go so well together, it’s like I’ve never heard this Schumann before.
    And your sound is so enhancing too.
    Thanks, Rach.
    Just sorry I’m so late taking this down.

  2. Thanks again Rach! It seems I’m on a Schumann “kick” now too! Absolutely fantastic in 24/192. And Pollini in his early years plays like he’s out to conquer the world. (Yes I guess he did, according to Rubinstein.) In turns Powerful, beautiful and poetic playing. Wonderful record.

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