The final encore of the August 27, 2010 concert in the Warsaw Philharmonic Hall: Martha Argerich plays Robert Schumann's Traumes Wirren (Dream's Confusions), the seventh of his Fantasiestücke, Op. 12.
Argerich - the exceptional, Argentine pianist - enters the stage and, barely as she has sat down, has begun playing. The brief piano piece, with the direction to be played ‘Äußerst lebhaft’ - ‘with extreme vitality’ - seems to almost fly from her fingers of its own volition. Argerich plays this ‘dream’s confusion’ at a pace almost matching that of the legendary Vladimir Horowitz interpretation.
Fantasiestücke, Op. 12 by Robert Schumann (1810 - 1856) first appeared in print in February of 1838. The initial sketches for the piano pieces were made in the spring of 1836, and were completed in summer of 1837. Schumann used the title ‘Fantasiestück’ - fantasy piece - as a genre designation. In reference to the Romantic forms of literature and the visual arts, he interpreted this to denote character pieces, drawing musical mood pictures. Traumes Wirren is in three parts: An impulsive first section, in which the theme seems to revolve inexorably around itself; leading into a contemplative intermezzo, into which the lively opening theme creeps back after just a few bars; before unfolding again in a variation to form the final section. A dream rendered music, the fleetingness of which is unsurpassable.
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