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Robert Schumann on Fazioli

by Elena Kuschnerova

Robert Schumann - Carnaval Op.9 and Symphonic Etudes Op.13 + Posthumous Variations recorded on Fazioli in Italy and Japan.
Genre: Classical: Piano solo
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1. Carnaval, Op. 9: I. Preambule
2:20 album only
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2. Carnaval, Op. 9: II.Pierrot
2:28 album only
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3. Carnaval, Op. 9: III. Arlequin
1:13 album only
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4. Carnaval, Op. 9: IV. Valse Noble
2:02 album only
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5. Carnaval, Op. 9: V. Eusebius
1:45 album only
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6. Carnaval, Op. 9. VI.Florestan
0:53 album only
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7. Carnaval, Op. 9: VII.Coquette
1:39 album only
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8. Carnaval, Op. 9: VIII. Replique
0:58 album only
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9. Carnaval, Op. 9: IX. Sphinxes
0:40 album only
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10. Carnaval, Op. 9: X.Papillons
0:43 album only
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11. Carnaval, Op. 9: XI.A.S.C.H. - S.C.H.A. (Lettres Dansantes)
0:48 album only
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12. Carnaval, Op. 9: XII. Chiarina
1:35 album only
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13. Carnaval, Op. 9: XIII. Chopin
1:23 album only
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14. Carnaval, Op. 9: XIV. Estrella
0:24 album only
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15. Carnaval, Op. 9. XV. Reconaissance
1:40 album only
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16. Carnaval, Op. 9: XVI. Pantalon et colombine
1:10 album only
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17. Carnaval, Op. 9: XVII. Valse allemande - Paganini
2:23 album only
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18. Carnaval, Op. 9: XVIII. Aveu
1:15 album only
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19. Carnaval, Op. 9: XIX. Promenade
2:09 album only
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20. Carnaval, Op. 9: XX. Pause - Marche des Davidsbuendler
3:51 album only
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21. Etudes Symphoniques, Op. 13: I. Thema
1:39 album only
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22. Etudes Symphoniques, Op. 13: II.
1:05 album only
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23. Etudes Symphoniques, Op. 13: III.
3:22 album only
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24. Etudes Symphoniques, Op. 13: IV.
1:18 album only
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25. Etudes Symphoniques, Op. 13: V.
0:56 album only
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26. Etudes Symphoniques, Op. 13 : VI.
1:07 album only
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27. Etudes Symphoniques, Op. 13: VII.
0:54 album only
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28. Etudes Symphoniques, Op. 13: VIII.
1:13 album only
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29. Etudes Symphoniques, Op. 13: IX.
2:51 album only
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30. Etudes Symphoniques, Op. 13: X.
0:36 album only
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31. Etudes Symphoniques, Op. 13: XI
1:16 album only
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32. Etudes Symphoniques, Op. 13: XII.
2:39 album only
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33. Etudes Symphoniques, Op. 13: XIII. Finale
6:10 album only
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34. Posthumous Variations: I. Andante, Tempo del tema
1:58 album only
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35. Posthumous Variations: II. Meno mosso
1:58 album only
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36. Posthumous Variations: III. Allegro
1:44 album only
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37. Posthumous Variations: IV. Allegretto
3:12 album only
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38. Posthumous Variations: V. Moderato
2:29 album only
Downloads are available as MP3-320 files.

ABOUT THIS ALBUM


Album Notes
The disk you are holding in your hands has a unique history, as it was recorded on two different continents. The Symphonic Etudes were recorded in the FAZIOLI dealership in Tokyo on a Fazioli F308, while Carnaval was recorded in the concert hall of the FAZIOLI factory in Sacile (Italy) on a Fazioli F278. Besides the composer, the uniting force between these two recordings is, of course, the FAZIOLI piano. In fact, this was the idea – to record Schumann on these different instruments. FAZIOLI grands are all hand-made with their individual personalities, but beyond this, Fazioli is unique in that there are two completely different concert grand models. The creator and owner of the firm, Paolo Fazioli, himself a pianist, wanted to create a piano to satisfy his needs and his wishes, which is why the Fazioli piano is constantly being improved with each new piano making additional progress, all realized through the hands of dedicated craftsmen.
What concerns the repertoire – this is my choice. Both works are very important for me, as I have been playing them since my days in the Moscow Conservatory. Certainly, my understanding and my interpretation of these works have changed through my life experiences, and I was always my dream to finally make recordings of these two pieces so dear to my heart. Apart from this, I also recorded the last five variations to “Etudes Symphoniques” published after Schumann’s death. Stylistically they differ from Op.13, as they were composed much later. Because of this, the pianist is faced with the problem of how to distribute these posthumous variations into the etudes of Op. 13; that is to say, where to insert them without destroying the architecture of the entire work. For me, I have solved this problem in a simple way. Not willing to disturb the flow of Op. 13, I play all five posthumous variations after the Finale of Op. 13. This is intended as a kind of a farewell from the beloved theme, which has been thoroughly explored in the early work. And, perhaps, it is a farewell to life. For me, these variations sound like a testament from the other world – there is new knowledge in them combined with a deep sorrow; a departure from everything earthly. If, after the end, the audience does not immediately applaud and there is an absolute silence – I feel that the concert has been a success.
This project could be accomplished thanks to the great lover of the art of the piano and president of the FAZIOLI salon in Tokyo, Alec Weil. Please consider this disc as a declaration of love to Schumann and to the FAZIOLI piano.
 
Elena Kuschnerova

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