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Strauss: Ein Heldenleben; Schumann: Piano Concerto, Op. 54; Debussy: Prélude à l'Après-midi d'un faune ()

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composed by Claude Debussy, Richard Strauss, Robert Schumann

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Strauss: Ein Heldenleben; Schumann: Piano Concerto, Op. 54; Debussy: Prélude à l'Après-midi d'un faune - Malcolm Frager (piano); Staatskapelle Dresden; Rudolf Kempe (conductor)
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  1. Ein Heldenleben (A Hero's Life), tone poem for orchestra, Op. 40 (TrV 190)
  2. Prélude à l'après-midi d'un faune (Prelude to the Afternoon of a Faun), for orchestra, L. 87 (86)
  3. Piano Concerto in A minor, Op. 54
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Listeners should approach this two-disc set of Rudolf Kempe leading the Staatskapelle Dresden aware of certain caveats. These are live performances recorded in East Germany in 1974, and the sound is harsh, distant, and one-dimensional. Pianist Malcom Frager isn't up to the enormous difficulties of Schumann's Piano Concerto, and his performance is riddled with dropped and missed notes. Also, Debussy's Prelude to the Afternoon of a Faun sounds as Gallic as sauerkraut. The listener who can get past these flaws, though, will be ...

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Strauss: Ein Heldenleben; Schumann: Piano Concerto, Op. 54; Debussy: Prélude à l'Après-midi d'un faune 2009, Profil-Ed. Gunter Han

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