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“A Couple of Men from 1810” = piano music SCHUMANN and CHOPIN  – Findlay Cockerel (p.) – Albany Records

“A Couple of Men from 1810” = piano music SCHUMANN and CHOPIN – Findlay Cockerel (p.) – Albany Records

A Couple of Men from 1810 – piano music of Robert Schumann and Frédéric Chopin – Findlay Cockrell, piano – Albany Records TROY1601/02 – 2 CDs (74:42, 78:02) *****: Double CD of well selected and well played piano music by two giants of the Romantic Era who share a birth-year (1810) – Schumann and Chopin. Though born in the same year, Robert Schumann (1810 – 1856) was three months younger than Frédéric Chopin (1810 – 1849), and both died tragically young. Chopin has a much richer reputation as a composer for piano, whereas Schumann’s is more rounded, with symphonies, lieder, an opera and chamber works among his compositions. But Schumann’s work is heard on the first of the two discs here, perhaps because he wrote more in “groupings” or sets of short pieces, easier to list and catalog. The first Schumann collection performed here is Fantasiestück  (or Fantasy Pieces) Op. 12, a collection of eight pieces, each under five minutes, and each with an expressive title ( in contrast to Chopin’s more generic ones – waltz, étude, prelude). They literally and musically take us on a journey of imagination – e.g. Aufschwung – soaring, Taumes Wirren – dream’s confusion, Grillen – […]