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Evgeny Kissin performs Schumann and Chopin : Fantasiestucke and Ballades

Verbier Festival 2010

Evgeny Kissin performs Schumann and Chopin : Fantasiestucke and Ballades Verbier Festival 2010

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This is the first of Evgeny Kissin's two recitals celebrating the 200th birthdays of both Robert Schumann and Frederic Chopin. Schumann's Fantasiestücke comprise eight pieces inspired by ETA Hoffmann's collection of short stories Fantasiestücke in Callots Manier. Schumann incorporated characterizations into the pieces based on his own contrasted inventions, the fiery Florestan (in Aufschwung) and the reflective Eusebius (in Des Abends). Schumann wrote to a friend apologising for their lack of "finish": "they are for the most part reflections of my turbulent inner life when man and musician always strive to express themselves simultaneously." Much the same might be said of the Novelleten, which have literary leanings but nothing specific; instead, they resemble Hoffmann's patchwork narrative technique by being collections of different styles and moods in one piece.

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Program

  • Robert Schumann, Fantasiestücke, Op. 12
    • 1. Des Abdens
    • 2. Aufschwung
    • 3. Warum?
    • 4. Grillen
    • 5. In der Nacht
    • 6. Fabel
    • 7. Traumes Wirren
    • 8. Ende vom Lied
  • Frederic Chopin, Ballad No. 1 in G Minor, Op. 23
  • Frederic Chopin, Ballade No. 2 in F Major, Op. 38
  • Frederic Chopin, Ballade No. 3 in A flat Major, Op. 47
  • Frederic Chopin, Ballade No. 4 in F Minor, Op. 52

Details

  • Directed by:
    • Sébastien Glas
  • Venue: Verbier Festival (Verbier, Switzerland)
  • Broadcast date: July 21, 2010, 9 p.m.
  • Production date: 2011
  • Recording date: 21/07/2011
  • Duration: 53 min
  • Production: © Idéale Audience

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