Robert Schumann Waldszenen, Op.82, Symphonische Etuden, Op.13, Arabeske in C, Op.45

Martin Helmchen

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Original Recording Format: DSD 64

I am affected by everything that is happening in the world, politics, literature, people – in my own way, I think about everything, which then bursts to the surface through music, trying to find a way out.  That is why so many of my compositions are so difficult to understand – because they are linked to distant interests – and often also striking: for all that is strange grabs my attention, and I then have to express it again in music”.  Thus Robert Schumann wrote to his fiancée Clara Wieck in 1838.

 

Tracklist

1.
Waldszenen - Eintritt
02:00
2.
Waldszenen - Jager auf der Lauer
01:33
3.
Waldszenen - Einsame Blumen
02:13
4.
Waldszenen - Verrufene Stelle
03:28
5.
Waldszenen - Freundliche Landschaft
01:12
6.
Waldszenen - Herberge
02:04
7.
Waldszenen - Vogel als Prophet
03:41
8.
Waldszenen - Jagdlied
02:33
9.
Waldszenen - Abschied
03:41
10.
Symphonische Etuden - Thema
01:37
11.
Symphonische Etuden - Variation I
01:14
12.
Symphonische Etuden - Variation II
01:28
13.
Symphonische Etuden - Etude III
00:56
14.
Symphonische Etuden - Anhang Variation I
00:50
15.
Symphonische Etuden - Variation III
01:04
16.
Symphonische Etuden - Variation IV
00:58
17.
Symphonische Etuden - Variation V
00:55
18.
Symphonische Etuden - Anhang Variation II
02:19
19.
Symphonische Etuden - Anhang Variation III
01:13
20.
Symphonische Etuden - Variation VI
01:09
21.
Symphonische Etuden - Anhang Variation IV
02:38
22.
Symphonische Etuden - Anhang Variation V
02:28
23.
Symphonische Etuden - Variation VII
02:20
24.
Etude IX
00:40
25.
Symphonische Etuden - Variation VIII
01:30
26.
Symphonische Etuden - Variation IX
02:29
27.
Symphonische Etuden - Finale
06:17
28.
Arabeske in C, Op.18
06:05

Total time: 01:00:35

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Producer

Sebastian Stein

Recording Engineer

Evertt Porter

Recording location

Siemens Villa, Berlin Germany

Recording Type & Bit Rate

DSD64

Recording Software

Merging

SKU

PTC5186452

Release Date August 8, 2015
SKU PTC5186452

Press reviews

MusicWeb International

The Waldszenen (Forest Scenes) comprises nine short pieces and has similarities in both style and character to the famous set of Kinderszenen (1838). These are not merely light and affectionate as the title might suggest and soloist Helmchen fluidly communicates a broad range of feelings and emotions including a strong sense of determination, drama and mystery.

As the basis for his Symphonische Etüden Schumann used a C sharp minor theme by Baron von Fricken, an amateur musician who was the adopted parent of Schumann’s sweetheart Ernestine von Fricken. On this recording Helmchen has included additional pieces that Schumann had withdrawn from the set prior to publication. Helmchen here blends precision and penetration with subtle shades of colour.

Schumann composed his Arabeske during a time of considerable emotional turmoil. He had been forbidden to see his future wife Clara by her disapproving father and could only communicate with her through letters and music. Helmchen adeptly and crisply negotiates the changing moods with fluency and charm.

Recorded in 2011 Helmchen has the benefit of fairly close and crystal-clear sound. Helmchen plays splendidly and is beautifully recorded.

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