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Pianist Adrian Aeschbacher Plays Music of Schumann and Schubert

by Adrian Aeschbacher

This disk features historic performances by the great Swiss pianist, Adrian Aeschbacher playing Schumann's intense Romances, plus a fabulous interpretation of Schumann's magnificent Davidsbündlertänze.
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1. Schumann: Romance, Op. 28, No. 1 - Sehr markirt
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2. Schumann: Romance, Op. 28, No. 2 - Einfach
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3. Schumann: Romance, Op. 28, No. 3 - Sehr markirt
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4. Schumann: Davidsbündlertänze, Op. 6 - Lebhaft
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5. Schumann: Davidsbündlertänze, Op. 6 - Innig
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6. Schumann: Davidsbündlertänze, Op. 6 - Mit Humor
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7. Schumann: Davidsbündlertänze, Op. 6 - Ungeduldig
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8. Schumann: Davidsbündlertänze, Op. 6 - Einfach
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9. Schumann: Davidsbündlertänze, Op. 6 - Sehr rasch
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10. Schumann: Davidsbündlertänze, Op. 6 - Nicht schnell
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11. Schumann: Davidsbündlertänze, Op. 6 - Frisch
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12. Schumann: Davidsbündlertänze, Op. 6 - Lebhaft
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13. Schumann: Davidsbündlertänze, Op. 6 - Balladenmässig. Sehr rasch
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14. Schumann: Davidsbündlertänze, Op. 6 - Einfach
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15. Schumann: Davidsbündlertänze, Op. 6 - Mit Humor
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16. Schumann: Davidsbündlertänze, Op. 6 - Wild und lustig
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17. Schumann: Davidsbündlertänze, Op. 6 - Zart und singend
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18. Schumann: Davidsbündlertänze, Op. 6 - Frisch
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19. Schumann: Davidsbündlertänze, Op. 6 - Mit gutem Humor
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20. Schumann: Davidsbündlertänze, Op. 6 - Wie aus der Ferne
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21. Schumann: Davidsbündlertänze, Op. 6 - Nicht schnell
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22. Schubert: Moments Musicaux, D. 780 - No. 1 - Moderato
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23. Schubert: Moments Musicaux, D. 780 - No. 2 - Andantino
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24. Schubert: Moments Musicaux, D. 780 - No. 3 - Allegro moderato
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25. Schubert: Moments Musicaux, D. 780 - No. 4 - Moderato
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26. Schubert: Moments Musicaux, D. 780 - No. 5 - Allegro vivace
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27. Schubert: Moments Musicaux, D. 780 - No. 6 - Allegretto
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ABOUT THIS ALBUM


Album Notes
The Classical Music Guide wrote about this CD:

"Over the years, recorded accounts of Schumann's Davidsbündlertänze have been many............... But never have I been so touched by a recording of this work than by Adrian Aeschbacher."

The American Record Guide said:

"The pianist's mastery of the German and Austrian romantic style is assured and complete, not only in the Davidsbündler Dances, but in the six Moments Musicaux of Schubert. What perception and imagination he brings to these works!"

And the Audiophile Audition wrote:

"In the annals of great Schumann interpretation we recall Geza Anda, Artur Rubinstein, Yves Nat, Robert Casadesus, and Wilhelm Kempff, too often forgetting Adrian Aeschbacher, a pupil of Artur Schnabel whose excellent work with Edwin Fischer and Wilhelm Furtwaengler remains precious to collectors and connoisseurs."

Though not well-known in the early 21st Century, those with long memories, and those who collect classic Deutsche Grammophon releases will know of the great Swiss pianist, Adrian Aeschbacher (1912-2002). His large discography includes works of Beethoven, Schubert, Schumann, and Brahms. During a very active concert career he performed together with such world-class figures as Fischer and Furtwaengler, among others.

KASP Records is pleased and honored to present the first release in many years of these recordings, originally made in the 1950's. But it is not primarily for historic reasons that these performances of Schumann and Schubert are once again being presented to the public. It is because they offer some of the very finest recordings ever made of these works.

As Aeschbacher's teacher, Artur Schnabel, was an unsurpassed Beethoven player, so Adrian Aeschbacher was a Schumann pianist par excellence. His Davidsbündlertänze shows a unique understanding of this huge work, and displays, with uncanny ability, the dramatic contrasts of Florestan, the firebrand, and the dreamy Eusebius, the opposing poles of Schumann's imagination.

And as a Schubert player Adrian Aeschbacher leaves nothing to be desired. His Moments Musicaux are simple, yet deep, intense, when necessary, but always idiomatic.


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Scott Leather

The Swiss Titan of the Keyboard
have the original Decca LP of the Davidsbundlertanze and as a curiosity I googled Aeschbacher's name and found out that it had been released on CD on this website. I had been suitably impressed with the performance on LP to look him up and find out about him. The Schubert is also excellent. He plays with a passion and overall arching sense of architecture that is truly above the ordinary and the mark of the great artist he is. I'm not sure but I thought I had read somewhere intimations of Aeschbacher's Nazi sympathies during the war (I have a magnificent wartime performance of him doing the Brahms B-Flat piano concerto with Furtwangler). Anyway, all that aside, he was still a great artist and I'm glad this CD has been released. I hope others are released in the future!