The most terrifying Schumann you’ve ever heard

The most terrifying Schumann you’ve ever heard

Daily Comfort Zone

norman lebrecht

December 24, 2021

Super-rare performance by the Soviet sensation Maria Yudina.



  • olivia nordstadt says:

    sometimes incomprehensible, other times infuriating but the piano playing of maria yudina is never dull

  • Smirnoff says:

    Methinks vodka may have been fuel for this fire. Yikes.

  • Shalom Rackovsky says:

    Richter regarded Yudina very highly. It is interesting, though, to compare this perfomance to Richter’s. Whereas Yudina’s version, while, very impressive, screams “THIS IS A HARD PIECE”, Richter, as always, makes it sound like the most natural and obvious statement of a profound muscal idea, and absolutely no sweat to play. He somehow makes the most staggeringly difficult passages sound as though they were straight from Kinderszenen.

  • Nijinsky says:

    The piano is not tuned well, is disgraceful. I might throw it out of a window were there no one to have it land on!

  • E says:

    Astounding…thank you so much
    for posting it!

  • Barry Guerrero says:

    Hardly surprising, considering she managed to scare Stalin away.

  • John says:

    I love her but I think she’s overdoing it here.

  • Romy says:

    How could I resist this headline? And it IS terrifying!

  • Robert Hamilton says:

    Art and talents supremacy, above all else!

  • RW2013 says:

    Glad I’m not the only one who has problems playing the second movement coda…

  • Piano Lover says:

    Too low a pitch to start with-may be there the recording is to blame.
    But else…
    A few bars are enough…to skip!

  • Ronald Vogel says:


  • Sue Sonata Form says:

    A phenomenal pianist.

  • Zsolt Bognár says:

    Thanks for sharing this! Impassioned, wild, intoxicated—fun way to experience Schumann 🙂

  • jeanne says:

    yudina throws off the tyranny of the right hand. she brings to the fore inner voices and the all powerful bass content. so fabulous !

  • Listening to these recordings makes me wonder if technical aspects of musicianship hasn’t jumped leaps and bounds just like achievements in sport, chess etc.I try to do a quantitative look at it in the blog at

    • Anthony Sayer says:

      I think you’re right, but if technique is the sole criterium, why bother listening to anything but a Clavinova demo button?

  • Micaela Bonetti says:

    Visceralmente, splendidamente, follemente Schumann!
    Crazily Scumann!