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
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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