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 Post subject: Schumann - Sonata No.2 in G minor op. 22
PostPosted: Sat Dec 13, 2014 8:16 am 
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Dear All,
Please find a recording of Schumann's second sonata. The first movement is frequently played in conservatories - at least it used to be. It is a kind of perpetuum mobile, a continuous flow of 16th notes with little place to breath. The second movement is much more peacefull and reflexive. Then comes a quick scherzo, yet a kind of rondo, before the long one which is the last movement (Presto). This one is my preferred: a beautiful opposition between the first theme, in the line of the first movement, and the second one, very dreamy, opening to a kind of harmonic tornado. In all the sonata, many places with a dialogue between the two hands, the melody coming from treble to low range and vice-versa. Of course one of the great oeuvres of Schumann, til now missing at PS (except the 2nd movement already recorded by Monica). Hope you like my humble version, in spite of numerous flaws...

Schumann - Op.22 - Sonata No. 2 in G minor - 1: Allegro molto (7:36)
Schumann - Op.22 - Sonata No. 2 in G minor - 2: Andantino (4:15)
Schumann - Op.22 - Sonata No. 2 in G minor - 3: Scherzo (1:46)
Schumann - Op.22 - Sonata No. 2 in G minor - 4: Rondo - Presto (7:05)

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 Post subject: Re: Schumann - Sonata No.2 in G minor op. 22
PostPosted: Sun Dec 14, 2014 11:07 pm 
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The "numerous flaws" here are not so numerous as in Les Adieux, and they bother me far less here anyway. In fact I much enjoyed your conception of this great Sonata. There was a stumble in the Presto that should maybe have been cleared up but apart from that there was nothing that spoiled the experience. My only criticism is about the acciaccaturas in the Scherzo, which are rather sloppy and inconsistent.

All in all good work, you seem to have a good feeling for Schumann, as well as a clear idea of the structures. There is much nice phrasing and dynamics throughout. The Presto is taken a bit leisurely but is not the worse for it. I found the piano sound more agreeable than in the Beethoven. Is it the
same instrument ? Or was it tuned in the meantime ?

The ID3 tags were mostly ok except that you are supposed to put the opus number in the title, as well as the numbering of the individual items, please see the links in the original post. I'll update the site pages tomorrow.

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 Post subject: Re: Schumann - Sonata No.2 in G minor op. 22
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This is up.

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 Post subject: Re: Schumann - Sonata No.2 in G minor op. 22
PostPosted: Mon Dec 15, 2014 9:08 pm 
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techneut wrote:
I found the piano sound more agreeable than in the Beethoven. Is it the
same instrument ? Or was it tuned in the meantime ?

Thanks Chris for your listening and your compliments. It is the same piano on which I have recorded all my piano submissions, that is an excellent 1983 Yamaha S 400 B. For the Schumann, it was previously tuned (and the mechanism has been revised, which makes the touch much lighter and easy than before).

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