Schumann: Piano Music

Schumann: Piano Music
Composer Robert Schumann
Artist Klára Würtz piano
Format 1 CD
Cat. number 94436
EAN code 5028421944364
Release January 2014

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About this release

Robert Schumann, ‘a dreamer, a […] tone poet and writer whose inner voices were those of childhood, of wonder, of love, of turmoil, even of madness’ was renowned for the passion with which he accorded many of his compositions. The works on this disc contain the outpourings of his imagination and soul, particularly in relation to his beloved Clara.

His Fantasiestücke Op.12 were a favourite of Franz Liszt, the title taken from E.T.A. Hoffmann’s Fantasiestücke in Gallots Manier – a collection of writings in the style of the 17th-century French engraver Jacques Callot. Among the pieces are depictions of Schumann regulars such as Eusebius and Florestan, but many reflect Schumann’s long fight to wed the young Clara Wieck. No.5, In der Nacht, likens their plight to that of Hero and Leander. The disc also contains the mysterious and atmospheric Waldszenen Op.82, the playful Kinderszenen Op.18 and Arabeske Op.18

One of Brilliant Classics’ most prolific artists, Hungarian pianist Klára Würtz is enjoying an international career. Having won prizes in Dublin and Milan, she signed to a New York-based management company, leading to performances at Carnegie Hall and other prestigious concert venues throughout the U.S. and Canada. She currently teaches at the Conservatory of Arts in Utrecht.

Other information:
- Recorded in 1999 & 2007, The Netherlands.
- Robert Schumann was the master of the miniature, the small form, the sketch characterising a person, a landscape, a mood or an idea. The three piano cycles presented on this CD offer a wide variety of emotions, from the sublime calm of a summer evening (Des Abends), the intimacy of a dream (Träumerei), the soaring of young passion (Aufschwung) to the sinister atmosphere of a pitch dark night (In der Nacht).
- Hungarian-born pianist Klára Würtz is the ideal guide in this Schumannesque fancy world: “poetry and sweep.. poignant lyricism..the finest complete Schumann cycle to have been recorded by one pianist…”(Jed Distler, Classics Today).
- Contains liner notes on the works and artist biography.

Track list

Disk 1

  1. Fantasiestücke, Op. 12: I. Des Abends
  2. Fantasiestücke, Op. 12: II. Aufschwung
  3. Fantasiestücke, Op. 12: III. Warum?
  4. Fantasiestücke, Op. 12: IV. Grillen
  5. Fantasiestücke, Op. 12: V. In der Nacht
  6. Fantasiestücke, Op. 12: VI. Fabel
  7. Fantasiestücke, Op. 12: VII. Traumes Wirren
  8. Fantasiestücke, Op. 12: VIII. Ende vom Lied
  9. Waldszenen, Op. 82: I. Eintritt
  10. Waldszenen, Op. 82: II. Jäger auf der Lauer
  11. Waldszenen, Op. 82: III. Einsame Blumen
  12. Waldszenen, Op. 82: IV. Verrufene Stelle
  13. Waldszenen, Op. 82: V. Freundliche Landschaft
  14. Waldszenen, Op. 82: VI. Herberge
  15. Waldszenen, Op. 82: VII. Vogel als Prophet
  16. Waldszenen, Op. 82: VIII. Jagdlied
  17. Waldszenen, Op. 82: IX. Abschied
  18. Arabeske, Op. 18
  19. Kinderszenen, Op. 15: I. Von fremden Ländern und Menschen
  20. Kinderszenen, Op. 15: II. Kuriöse Geschichte
  21. Kinderszenen, Op. 15: III. Hasche-Mann
  22. Kinderszenen, Op. 15: IV. Bittendes Kind
  23. Kinderszenen, Op. 15: V. Glückes genug
  24. Kinderszenen, Op. 15: VI. Wichtige Begebenheit
  25. Kinderszenen, Op. 15: VII. Träumerei
  26. Kinderszenen, Op. 15: VIII. Am Kamin
  27. Kinderszenen, Op. 15: IX. Ritter vom Steckenpferd
  28. Kinderszenen, Op. 15: X. Fast zu ernst
  29. Kinderszenen, Op. 15: XI. Fürchtenmachen
  30. Kinderszenen, Op. 15: XII. Kind im Einschlummern
  31. Kinderszenen, Op. 15: XIII. Der Dichter spricht