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Robert Schumann's career centered around the piano. His substantial canon of works for solo piano is among the greatest in the instrument's rich repertoire, and his music remains among the most popular for the instrument, yet it took until the early 1970s for one label to issue a survey of Schumann's complete solo piano works. That label was Vox, which issued five critically acclaimed three-LP box sets of Schumann's piano music played by the incomparable Peter Frankl in their value-priced Turnabout "Vox Box" series.
Now, for the first time, Vox, in partnership with Musical Concepts and E1 Entertainment, is making this landmark series available in digital format — at a remarkable value price. newly remastered from original master tapes and archival materials, each volume of the original series is available for digital download from Amazon, iTunes and emusic.com.
Peter Frankl made his name on the international circuit as a young pianist in the 1960s and, since that time, he has appeared with such prominent conductors as Claudio Abbado, Sir John Barbirolli, Pierre Boulez, Riccardo Chailly, Antal Doráti, Bernard Haitink, Istvan Kertész, Lorin Maazel, Sir Georg Solti, and George Szell.
Following his London debut in 1962 and his New York debut with the Cleveland Orchestra, he has performed with American orchestras in Chicago, Philadelphia, Boston, Washington, Los Angeles, San Francisco, and Pittsburgh, as well as the Berlin Philharmonic, Gewandhaus Orchestra Leipzig, Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra, Orchestre de Paris, Israel Philharmonic, the major London orchestras, and numerous others in Europe. He has toured Japan, Korea, Australia, New Zealand and South Africa, playing with orchestras, in recitals and also in chamber music concerts. He has appeared over twenty times at London’s BBC Promenade Concerts and has been a regular participant at the Edinburgh, Cheltenham, Aldeburgh, Verbier and Kuhmo Festivals. Among the highlights of his many Edinburgh Festival appearances were his performance of the Britten Concerto under the baton of the composer and the opening televised concert with the Philharmonia Orchestra conducted by Muti. He was the soloist at the Enescu Festival in Bucharest with the Budapest Festival Orchestra at one of the last concerts Yehudi Menuhin ever conducted.
Symphonic Etudes ("Etudes in the form of variations"), Op.13
5 Symphonic Etudes, supplement, Op.posth
Canon "an Alexis", Op.posth
Arabesque in C Major, Op.18
Album für die Jugend (Album for the Young), Op.68
Neue Album für die Jugend (A New "Album for the Young"), Op.posth.
Fantasiestücke (Fantasy Pieces), Op.12
3 Romances, Op.28
3 Sonatas for the Young, Op.118a-c
Kinderszenen (Scenes from Childhood), Op.15
Variations sur le nom "Abegg", Op.1
Piano Sonata No.2 in g minor, Op.22
Albumblätter (Album Leaves), Op.124
Blumenstück in D-flat Major, Op.19
4 Klavierstücke, Op.32
6 Studies on the Pianoforte on Caprices of Paganini, Op.3
6 Etudes after Caprices of Paganini, Op.10
4 Fugues, Op.72
4 Nachtstücke (Night Pieces), Op.23
Bunte Blätter (Colored Leaves), Op.99
Gesänge der Frühe (Morning Songs), Op.133
Fantasy in C Major "Obolen auf Beethovens Monument", Op.17
7 Pieces in the form of Fughettas, Op.126
Piano Sonata No.1 in f-sharp minor "Grosse Sonate", Op.11
Waldszenen (Forest Scenes), Op.82
Theme with Variations in E-flat Major "Geistervariationen", WoO24
Impromptus on a theme by Clara Wieck, Op.5
4 Marches, Op.76
Allegro in b minor, Op.8
Piano Sonata No.3 in f minor "Concerto without Orchestra", Op.14
Scherzo for piano in f minor, WoO5 No.1
6 Intermezzi, Op.4
Variations on a theme by Beethoven, WoO31