András Schiff: piano
A decade after his highly acclaimed “In Concert” album, master pianist András Schiff continues his documentation of Robert Schumann’s music in a 2-CD set recorded at Neumarkt’s Reitstadl. The repertoire includes Papillons op. 2, Klaviersonate fis-moll op. 11, Kinderszenen op. 15, Fantasie C-Dur op. 17, Waldszenen op. 82 and Thema mit Variationen (Geistervariationen). The Fantasy in C Major is heard with alternate endings: as well as the official published version, Schiff includes a preliminary version he finds more musically convincing. András Schiff gives his thoughts on the matter in a very interesting note in the CD booklet which also gives background information by Wolf-Dieter Seiffert on each of the compositions.