Alicia de Larrocha plays Schumann

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Schumann
Carnaval, Op. 9
Kreisleriana, Op. 16
Novelette No. 8 in F-sharp minor, Op. 21
Faschingsschwank aus Wien, Op. 21
Allegro in B minor, Op. 8
Romance No. 2 in F-sharp major, Op. 28 No. 2
Fantasie in C, Op 17

Reviewed by: William Yeoman

Reviewed: April 2007
CD No: DECCA ELOQUENCE 4769910
Duration: 145 minutes

In many ways, Alicia de Larrocha is completely suited to Schumann’s sound world, its spurning of conventional forms while still adhering to the strictest of part-writing unleashing wave after wave of a kind of disciplined lyricism from the Spanish pianist. This is not always in evidence, though: the Kreisleriana are wonderful but the Fantasie can seem too restrained in places.

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