Argerich: Schumann - Kinderszenen/Kreisleriana (FLAC)
Argerich: Schumann - Kinderszenen/Kreisleriana (FLAC)

Performers: Martha Argerich
Composers: Robert Schumann
Audio CD
Number of Discs: 1
Format: FLAC (tracks+cue)
Label: Deutsche Grammophon
Size: 149 MB
Recovery: +3%
Scan: yes

01. Kinderszenen, Op.15 – 1. Von fremden Ländern und Menschen
02. Kinderszenen, Op.15 – 2. Kuriose Geschichte
03. Kinderszenen, Op.15 – 3. Hasche-Mann
04. Kinderszenen, Op.15 – 4. Bittendes Kind
05. Kinderszenen, Op.15 – 5. Glückes genug
06. Kinderszenen, Op.15 – 6. Wichtige Begebenheit
07. Kinderszenen, Op.15 – 7. Träumerei
08. Kinderszenen, Op.15 – 8. Am Kamin
09. Kinderszenen, Op.15 – 9. Ritter vom Steckenpferd
10. Kinderszenen, Op.15 – 10. Fast zu ernst
11. Kinderszenen, Op.15 – 11. Fürchtenmachen
12. Kinderszenen, Op.15 – 12. Kind im Einschlummern
13. Kinderszenen, Op.15 – 13. Der Dichter spricht
14. Kreisleriana, Op.16 – 1. Äusserst bewegt
15. Kreisleriana, Op.16 – 2. Sehr innig und nicht zu rasch – Intermezzo I (Sehr lebhaft) – Tempo I – Intermezzo II (Etwas bewegter) – Tempo I
16. Kreisleriana, Op.16 – 3. Sehr aufgeregt
17. Kreisleriana, Op.16 – 4. Sehr langsam
18. Kreisleriana, Op.16 – 5. Sehr lebhaft
19. Kreisleriana, Op.16 – 6. Sehr langsam
20. Kreisleriana, Op.16 – 7. Sehr rasch
21. Kreisleriana, Op.16 – 8. Schnell und spielend

Magnificent

This recording is really good. How many times have you purchased a CD and loved every single track? This is the whole deal.

Firstly, about the sound quality. Although this recording was made in 1984, the Deutsche-Grammophon sound is clear, full, and crisp.

Now about the performance. This is the most extraordinary Kreisleriana I have ever heard. It’s beautiful, tender, raw, wise – but none of these adjectives do it justice. It’s best to just get it & listen :)

When this recording is on, I and everybody I’m with, even if we were busy doing something before, inevitably find ourselves just listening later on. It’s really astoundingly beautiful, both the score & the playing. The way Argerich sinks into the chords and slips into her pauses is satisfying and right. I don’t know how she can sing from a very human place yet also be a technical goddess. Even her silences are thoughtful, musical moments.

It’s an honor to hear Argerich’s revealing performance because the connection she has to the music is palpable. It’s such a treat to listen to this one as many times as I want.

As a side note, I love the photograph of her on this CD cover! She looks a bit stoned, doped up from so much Schumann!

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