Recorded on 12/03/2008, uploaded on 03/16/2009
Musician's or Publisher's Notes
Schumann's Faschingsschwank aus Wien ("Carnival
Scenes from Vienna") for solo piano is a rather unusual work falling somewhere
in between a suite and a sonata. It consists of five movements that nearly
fulfill the usual movements of a sonata, though they are arranged in a
The first movement is a vast Allegro in triple time.
One of the more technically challenging movements, it begins with a waltz tune
which then alternates with six different episodes. The episodes vary greatly,
from the lyrical to the off-kilter and even the militant. The movement comes to
an impressive close with sweeping arpeggios and full chords. Following is a
lyrical Romanze in G minor. Simple and concise, it presents a mournful
melody interrupted only by a brief section in C major.
Courtesy of International Music Foundation.
Marvelous playing, very intelligently thought out interpretation. To be sure, I do necessarily agree with everything I'm hearing. But the important thing is that she does much more with the music than simply play the notes;
there is much shaping and molding of a conception.
I have heard Ms. Seifetdinova live in Weill Hall at Carnegie Hall several years ago. This particular performance was quite memorable for me, and I actually found myself more satisfied by it than by a performance by many a professional pianist.
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