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Fischer-Dieskau: Schumann – Kreisleriana, Brahms – Two Rhapsodies, Seven Fantasies (24/96 FLAC)

Fischer-Dieskau: Schumann - Kreisleriana, Brahms - Two Rhapsodies, Seven Fantasies (24/96 FLAC)

Fischer-Dieskau: Schumann – Kreisleriana, Brahms – Two Rhapsodies, Seven Fantasies (24/96 FLAC)

Composer: Johannes Brahms, Robert Schumann
Performer: Elena Fischer-Dieskau
Format: FLAC (tracks)
Label: Delphian
Release: 2021
Size: 1.12 GB
Recovery: +3%
Scan: yes

Brahms: Fantasies (7 piano pieces), Op. 116
01. I. Capriccio, Presto energico
02. II. Intermezzo, Andante
03. III. Capriccio, Allegro passionato
04. IV. Intermezzo, Adagio
05. V. Intermezzo, Andante con grazia ed intimissimo sentimento
06. VI. Intermezzo, Andantino teneramente
07. VII. Capriccio, Allegro agitato

Schumann: Kreisleriana, Op. 16
08. I. Äußerst bewegt
09. II. Sehr innig und nicht zu rasch
10. III. Sehr aufgeregt
11. IV. Sehr langsam
12. V. Sehr lebhaft
13. VI. Sehr langsam
14. VII. Sehr rasch
15. VIII. Schnell und spielend

Brahms: Rhapsodies (2), Op. 79
16. No. 1 in B Minor, Agitato
17. No. 2 in G Minor, Molto passionato,ma non troppo allegro

Clara Wieck, who in 1840 was to become Clara Schumann, was a significant figure in the lives both of her husband Robert and of Johannes Brahms, to whom the Schumanns became mentors. The double inspirations of Clara and of the writer E.T.A. Hoffmann’s fictional Kapellmeister Johannes Kreisler are the connecting threads on this debut recording by pianist Elena Fischer-Dieskau, in which Robert’s capricious, moody Kreisleriana is joined by two sets of piano pieces by Brahms.

These three works – all of which Clara read in manuscript directly after their composition – reflect youth, maturity and old age. Fischer-Dieskau, member of a musical family which from her grandfather onwards has been deeply associated with the music of the Romantics, captures their wide spectrum of expression, from impulsiveness to autumnal mastery.

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