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Schumann By Nissman


Release Date: 04/26/2005 
Label:  Pierian   Catalog #: 25   Spars Code: DDD 
Composer:  Robert Schumann
Performer:  Barbara Nissman
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 1 Hours 16 Mins. 

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Notes and Editorial Reviews

This is spontaneous and expressive Schumann-playing recorded in August 2004 for The Pierian Recording Society, a non-profit, tax-exempt organization. Barbara Nissman brings zeal and poise, sometimes impetuosity; the latter could be compelling in a concert but maybe doesn’t always suit a recording, in the sense of it being a document to return to. Yet there is more to admire than not, and she responds to the music as if the ink were still wet. Some of her address is eloquent and heartfelt, and she negotiates the thickets of notes in the Fantasy’s second movement with aplomb. Yet, if some detail can be intrusive, there is also a great deal of thought and preparation behind what sometimes can seem an overly impromptu approach. Swings and Read more roundabouts! The Toccata lacks the last degree of transcendentalism, and one questions some balances; too much left hand at times, for example. Yet, there’s a swinging confidence to the playing, too. Or the opening of Kreisleriana, which has fine energy if a slight sense of struggle, and there is much that is touching over the course of the piece. “Träumerei” is most tenderly expressed. If only the piano, or the recording of it, were a little warmer and had more body. Nevertheless, Schumann devotees should find this a worthwhile purchase.

Colin Anderson, FANFARE
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Works on This Recording

1. Phantasie for Piano in C major, Op. 17 by Robert Schumann
Performer:  Barbara Nissman (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1836-1838; Germany 
Venue:  Duquesne University, Pittsburgh, Pennsyl 
Length: 29 Minutes 48 Secs. 
Notes: Duquesne University, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania (08/22/2004 - 08/23/2004) 
2. Toccata for Piano in C major, Op. 7 by Robert Schumann
Performer:  Barbara Nissman (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1829-1832; Germany 
Venue:  Duquesne University, Pittsburgh, Pennsyl 
Length: 7 Minutes 19 Secs. 
Notes: Duquesne University, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania (08/22/2004 - 08/23/2004) 
3. Kreisleriana, Op. 16 by Robert Schumann
Performer:  Barbara Nissman (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1838; Germany 
Venue:  Duquesne University, Pittsburgh, Pennsyl 
Length: 30 Minutes 25 Secs. 
Notes: Duquesne University, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania (08/22/2004 - 08/25/2004) 
4. Arabeske for Piano in C major, Op. 18 by Robert Schumann
Performer:  Barbara Nissman (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1838; Germany 
Venue:  Duquesne University, Pittsburgh, Pennsyl 
Length: 6 Minutes 6 Secs. 
Notes: Duquesne University, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania (08/22/2004 - 08/23/2004) 
5. Kinderszenen, Op. 15: no 7, Träumerei by Robert Schumann
Performer:  Barbara Nissman (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1838; Germany 
Venue:  Duquesne University, Pittsburgh, Pennsyl 
Length: 2 Minutes 34 Secs. 
Notes: Duquesne University, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania (08/22/2004 - 08/23/2004) 

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