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Nicolas Economou Plays Schumann

Schumann: Kreisleriana opus 16

Though a successful pianist, conductor, and composer in his lifetime, the late Nicholas Economou (1953-93) is probably best remembered for the empathic collaboration he provided Martha Argerich on numerous pieces for piano duet. But Argerich is certainly not one to choose her partners lightly, and this early ’80s solo concert shows that Economou deserves greater remembrance. Floridly expressive when it comes to dynamics–gossamer whispers will roar into muscular fortissimos, then recede once again to near inaudibility – the pianist displays intelligence without ever losing his sense of passion. This video is considered an important performance of Economou playing Schumann’s Kreisleriana opus 16.


  1. george Says:

    Economou was a real suprise and treat!

  2. roberta day Says:

    Thank you for posting. Who knew??? Well you did of course. Economou is every bit as passionate and lyrical as the Argerich recording. No wonder they made such a beautiful combination. I love everything about this performance (especially his bass – reminds me of Martha)- Roberta

  3. Branca Says:

    Thank you I loved it!

  4. my che long Says:

    Thanks! It is the best music in the world. I loved it.

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