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Schumann: Davidsbundlertanze, Arabeske, Gesange Der Fruhe / Paolo Giacometti

Release Date: 04/14/2009 
Label:  Channel Classics   Catalog #: 28709   Spars Code: n/a 
Composer:  Robert Schumann
Performer:  Paolo Giacometti
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Multi 
Length: 0 Hours 56 Mins. 

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Notes and Editorial Reviews

This is a hybrid Super Audio CD playable on both regular and Super Audio CD players.

Opting for a modern Steinway grand rather than the fortepianos that dominate most of his previous solo releases, Paolo Giacometti treats Schumann's mercurial Davidsbündlertänze as intimate sketches. He characterizes the music's frequent cross-rhythmic character through a kind of dry-point, almost clipped articulation that never loses tonal warmth or body (No. 6's left-hand triplets, No. 8's "striding" accompaniment, No. 16's rapid chords, to name but a few felicitous examples) and directs contrapuntal traffic as to the manner born.

Many pianists try to milk rhetorical significance from No. 12's melodic leaps
Read more and ornaments, but Giacometti conveys more of Schumann's intended humor by keeping the action brisk and forward moving. Schumann's inward temperament dominates the strange yet moving Op. 133 Morning Songs, and Giacometti's broad, caring interpretations split the difference between András Schiff's poetic impulses and Maurizio Pollini's starker demeanor. For the most part, the Arabeske sings with suppleness and simplicity, save for the March theme's overly exaggerated upbeats. Channel Classics' superb multi-channel production loses nothing in presence and definition when experienced via conventional stereo playback.

--Jed Distler, ClassicsToday.com
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Works on This Recording

Davidsbündlertänze for Piano, Op. 6 by Robert Schumann
Performer:  Paolo Giacometti (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1837; Germany 
Length: 33 Minutes 29 Secs. 
Arabeske for Piano in C major, Op. 18 by Robert Schumann
Performer:  Paolo Giacometti (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1838; Germany 
Length: 6 Minutes 26 Secs. 
Gesänge der Frühe (5) for Piano, Op. 133 by Robert Schumann
Performer:  Paolo Giacometti (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1853; Germany 
Length: 11 Minutes 4 Secs. 

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