49. Schumann: Piano Concerto
[…] Schumann’s good too,
you oughta listen to Schumann,
Excerpt from Screams From The Balcony by Charles Bukowski
Schumann published only one Piano Concerto, but it was actually the fourth one he wrote. Dissatisfied with earlier results, he threw his first three into the fire.
For someone who was out of his mind, saving this one from the flames was a great idea. It’s a vile beast chained to a piano and Rachmaninov was highly influenced by it. So was the Norwegian composer Grieg, but he was also influenced by trolls which makes it impossible to take the guy seriously.
Sviatoslav Richter, Lovro von Matacic & Orchestra National De L’Opera Monte Carlo
Richter recorded one of the most dramatic and fierce versions available.