Schumann – Piano Works

Yury Martynov

22.9931.49
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Original Recording Format: DSD 64

Critics are always keen to know something the composers themselves cannot say. […] Heavens above, when will the day dawn that at last nobody asks us what we wanted to express in our God-given compositions: look for the fifths and leave us in peace. Of course Schumann’s parting shot about the search for parallel fifths (intervals forbidden in composition) was in jest. This was something Schumann himself never did, although he was a first-class critic. On the contrary, he showed a lively interest in any circumstances relating to his subject matter when he wrote about a composer or his works in the Neue Zeitschrift fu?r Musik. He wanted to know ‘about the composer’s school, the opinions he held in his youth, his ideals, even his activities and living conditions’.
This album features piano compositions Schumann wrote in the 1830s: the Sonata No.1 in F sharp minor, Op.11 (1833–1835); Kreisleriana, Op.16 (1838); Arabeske, Op.18 (1839); and Blumenstu?ck, Op.19 (1839). Instead of seeking  fifths we will try to picture circumstances in the composer’s life that would have influenced these pieces.

Tracklist

1.
Blumenstück (Op.19)
06:08
2.
Sonata for piano No.1 (Op.11). - Introduzione. Un poco adagio - Allegro vivace
12:32
3.
Sonata for piano No.1 (Op.11). - Aria
02:52
4.
Sonata for piano No.1 (Op.11). - Scherzo e Intermezzo. Allegrissimo - Intermezzo - Tempo I
04:43
5.
Sonata for piano No.1 (Op.11). - Finale. Allegro un poco maestoso
12:12
6.
Kreisleriana. 8 Fantasies for piano (Op.16). - Ausserst bewegt
02:32
7.
Kreisleriana. 8 Fantasies for piano (Op.16). - Sehr innig und nicht zu rasch
08:45
8.
Kreisleriana. 8 Fantasies for piano (Op.16). - Sehr aufgeregt
04:37
9.
Kreisleriana. 8 Fantasies for piano (Op.16). - Sehr langsam
04:09
10.
Kreisleriana. 8 Fantasies for piano (Op.16). - Sehr lebhaft
02:50
11.
Kreisleriana. 8 Fantasies for piano (Op.16). - Sehr langsam
04:01
12.
Kreisleriana. 8 Fantasies for piano (Op.16). - Sehr rasch
02:02
13.
Kreisleriana. 8 Fantasies for piano (Op.16). - Schnell und spielend
03:47
14.
Arabesque (Op.18)
07:44

Total time: 01:18:54

Additional information

Label

SKU

CM0072006

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Digital Converters

Meitner design

Microphones

Neumann km130; DPA (B & K) 4006 ; DPA (B & K) 4011 SCHOEPS mk2S; SCHOEPS mk41

Original Recording Format

Producer

Michael Serebryanyi

Recording Engineer

Erdo Groot, Roger de Schot

Recording location

5th Studio of The Russian Television and Radio

Recording Software

Merging

Recording Type & Bit Rate

DSD64

Release Date November 27, 2015

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