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Four Fantasies

Schumann, Beethoven, Scriabin, Chopin

Anna Fedorova

Alexander Scriabin, Frédéric Chopin, Robert Schumann, Ludwig Van Beethoven

SKU: 41318

Year of release: 2018

Sonata No. 2 in G-sharp Minor (Sonata-Fantasie) Op. 19 12:33
1. I Andante Alexander Scriabin 08:11
2. II Presto Alexander Scriabin 04:22
Fantasie in F Minor Op. 49 13:37
3. Fantasie in F Minor Op. 49 Frédéric Chopin 13:37
Fantasie in C Major Op. 17 31:24
4. I Durchaus fantastisch und leidenschaftlich vorzutragen Robert Schumann 12:57
5. II Mäßig-Durchaus energisch Robert Schumann 07:52
6. III Langsam getragen-Durchweg leise zu halten Robert Schumann 10:34
Sonata quasi una Fantasia No.14 in C-sharp Minor, Op. 27 No. 2 ‘Moonlight’ 15:31
7. I Adagio sostenuto Ludwig Van Beethoven 05:21
8. II Allegretto Ludwig Van Beethoven 02:26
9. III Presto agitato Ludwig Van Beethoven 07:42
Total time: 73:06

About this album

We all have fantasies which we love to dive into. On this CD, I will be diving into the fantasy worlds of several of the most celebrated composers. In music, the ‘fantasie’ is one of the freest genres and each composer explores it in his own way. For this CD I have chosen some of my favourites. The recording opens and closes with two fantasy-sonatas (‘Sonata quasi una Fantasia’ ). In it there is a beautiful symmetry, as well as a common ‘moonlight’ theme. In Beethoven’s case the name ‘Moonlight’ was given to his sonata op. 27 no. 2 posthumously by the German music critic and poet Ludwig Rellstab (and although Beethoven had no such intention for this, the name really stuck to it). As for Scriabin’s sonata it’s quite a different story. We know from his notes that he worked on the piece during his honeymoon in Crimea and that he took his inspiration from a beautiful quiet night while sitting and admiring the sea view in the light of a full moon. Of the two other fantasies on this CD, the Fantasy op. 49 by Chopin, a piece which has been so long in my repertoire, is a most profound, powerful and dramatic work. There is a deeply intense and powerful struggle for survival throughout the piece, starting with a marche funebre at the begining, followed by a pure chorale-prayer in the middle and to close, a heavenly recitative of the soul.The ‘central’ work on this recording is Schumann’s Fantasy op. 17, which I had been in love with long before I started playing it. Schumann wrote the first movement when he had fallen madly in love with Clara but couldn’t be with her because of her father’s objections. There is so much passion, tenderness, hope and frustration, agitation and calmness in this music. The second and third movements were composed somewhat later – the second being a celebration in a glorious and positive spirit, while the third travels to an extra dimension. It is simply the music of heaven. All together the four fantasies make a really beautiful and varied CD programme which I do hope everyone will enjoy!

– Anna Fedorova, pianist

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Opus Klassiek

(…) de goed gedoseerde spanningsopbouw, de kleurenrijkdom die zij in haar spel legt, de fraaie fraseringen, de overtuigende agogiek, de pulserende ritmiek zonder nodeloos afleidende accenten en de dynamische proportionaliteit. The well-dosed tension build-up, the richness of colors that she puts into her playing, the beautiful phrasing, the convincing agogics, the pulsating rhythm without unnecessary distracting accents and the dynamic proportionality.

De Gelderlander - 5 stars

(...) Stemmingswisselingen en rijke kleurschakeringen worden optimaal in kaart gebracht (...) (...) Mood swings and rich color nuances are optimally performed (...)

Audiophile Audition

[Beethoven]: (...) Federova’s delivery of the arpeggiated, sequential chord literally shimmers with sensitive inflection, studied, thoughtful, and emotionally compelling, given the dreamy, improvisatory character of the first movement. (...) fortissimi and sforzati project a potent, unapologetic energy. Liquid runs, a defined bass line, and seamless roulades define a most gratifying rendition of perhaps the most over-performed of all piano sonatas, but here in refreshed figures.


Luister 10

(...) Een prachtige poëtische verteltrant (...) Wat wel duidelijk is: de rode draad (allemaal fantasieën) is niet alleen doordacht, de vertolkingen zijn dat idem dito.

Klassieke Zaken

Een welluidende ode aan de fantasie (...) Pianomuziek is haar moedertaal en die natuurlijke vertrouwdheid met de piano geeft Fedorova de instrumentale vrijheid om zich emotioneel helemaal onder te dompelen in de Four Fantasies op deze cd. (...) Ook de verfijnde opnametechniek verdient alle lof.


An exciting set of solo piano works played by Anna Fedorova, captured with superb concert-hall atmosphere by Dutch label Channel Classics.

De Gelderlander

"Mood swings and rich color nuances are optimally performed."

Technical Specifications

Mastering EngineerJared Sacks
EditingJared Sacks
CablesVan den Hul
Mixing ConsoleRens Heijnis, custom design
MicrophonesBruel & Kjaer 4006, Schoeps
Recording Notes

Executive producers:
Michiel Boreel, Nicholas l Lhasz, Stanislas Cozon, Shigeki Nakauchi, AnneCatuogno, Jerzy Czubak, Yann Rotaru, Jacqui and Howard Schwartz, Jane and Walter Feddersen, Shanna Sullivan

Special thanks to:
Bart Rijckaert, Raul Ornelas, Alexei Borchevski, Richard S. Wright, Arjen te Nijenhuis, Natalya Goryacheva and to all anonymous Kickstarter pledgers.

Recording FormatDSD 256FS
Analog To Digital ConverterDSD Super Audio / Horus
Recording DateJuly 2018
Recording LocationMuziekgebouw Eindhoven
Recording EngineerJared Sacks
ProductionJared Sacks