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Schumann: Fantasiestucke, Waldszenen, Arabeske, Kinderszenen / Klara Wurtz

Schumann / Wurtz
Release Date: 02/25/2014 
Label:  Brilliant Classics   Catalog #: 94436   Spars Code: DDD 
Composer:  Robert Schumann
Performer:  Klára Würtz
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
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Notes and Editorial Reviews

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
Read more 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.

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SCHUMANN Fantasiestücke. Waldszenen. Arabeske. Kinderszenen Klára Würtz (pn) BRILLIANT 94436 (70:07)

Klára Würtz is a lively pianist who plays these well-known Schumann works with wonderful élan. Her touch is just varied enough to give the music some depth in soft passages without distorting the phrases. In comparison with some of the greatest Schumann pianists of the 20th century (among them Brendel and Haskil), she falls a trifle short, but as a singular listening experience, I found it quite nice. Würtz’s sparkling energy, which always makes itself felt without over-stressing things, makes one pay attention to the music which is always a good thing, and the sonics are first-rate. A very nice disc, then, and at Brilliant’s budget price this would certainly make an excellent choice for someone who lacks these works in their collection. After a heavy day of reviewing other CDs (mostly vocal) that made me wince, Würtz’s Schumann was balm to my ears. Recommended with the aforementioned caveats.

FANFARE: Lynn René Bayley
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Works on This Recording

Waldszenen, Op. 82 by Robert Schumann
Performer:  Klára Würtz (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1848-1849; Germany 
Phantasiestücke (8) for Piano, Op. 12 by Robert Schumann
Performer:  Klára Würtz (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1837; Germany 
Kinderszenen, Op. 15 by Robert Schumann
Performer:  Klára Würtz (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1838; Germany 
Arabeske for Piano in C major, Op. 18 by Robert Schumann
Performer:  Klára Würtz (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1838; Germany 

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