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Schumann: Davidsbündlertänze; Kinderszenen; Sonata No. 2

Album Summary

>Schumann, Robert : Kinderszenen, Op. 15
>Schumann, Robert : Davidsbündlertänze (18) for piano, Op. 6
>Schumann, Robert : Sonata for Piano no 2 in G minor, Op. 22
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Notes & Reviews:

Angela Hewitt has earned a richly deserved reputation for her interpretations of Bach and the Baroque, and something of that characteristic clarity illuminates her Schumann performances. Her first disc of this repertoire was praised for its seemingly effortless but always adventurous interpretation. This second volume, containing some of the composer’s most bewitchingly beautiful music, should be no less lauded.

"Everything is played as if in the heat of first inspiration, a reflection, perhaps, of a recreative richness mirroring Hewitt's encompassing and versatile repertoire. Few pianists are so brilliantly alive to every passing fancy and whimsicality, And again, few performances could be less studio-bound, more fleet, hallucinatory and above all more deeply imaginative." -Gramophone Magazine

"The formal clarity of Hewitt's playing, together with the crispness of her articulation, gets her a long way in the sonata, whose technical demands are not to be underestimated... There's still an impressive sheen to everything Hewitt does" -The Guardian ****

"Hewitt conveys with intensity and brilliance the mounting tension, rapture and visceral drive that Schumann's markings are surely meant to encourage...throughout the set Hewitt's palette of colour is chosen with the utmost discretion and aptness." -The Telegraph *****

"Her awareness of counterpoint and her skill at putting it across suits Schumann's colourfully woven textures to perfection. Davidsbündlertänze benefits from fine-pointed voicing, and her sense of light, springing rhythm keeps the élan flying, stopping the music from ever getting too bogged down" -BBC Music Magazine *****

"Everything is played as if in the heat of first inspiration, a reflection, perhaps, of a recreative richness mirroring Hewitt's encompassing and versatile repertoire. Few pianists are so brilliantly alive to every passing fancy and whimsicality. And again, few performances could be less studio-bound, more fleet, hallucinatory and above all more deeply imaginative." -Gramophone Magazine

Notes & Reviews:

Recording information: Das Kulturzentrum Grand Hotel, Dobbiaco, Italy (11/06/2009-11/09/2009).



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Works Details

>Schumann, Robert : Kinderszenen, Op. 15
  • Performer: Angela Hewitt (Piano)
  • Notes: Das Kulturzentrum Grand Hotel, Dobbiaco, Italy (11/06/2009-11/09/2009)
  • Running Time: 15 min. 42 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Written: 1838

>Schumann, Robert : Davidsbündlertänze (18) for piano, Op. 6
  • Performer: Angela Hewitt (Piano)
  • Notes: Das Kulturzentrum Grand Hotel, Dobbiaco, Italy (11/06/2009-11/09/2009)
  • Running Time: 33 min. 29 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Written: 1837

>Schumann, Robert : Sonata for Piano no 2 in G minor, Op. 22
  • Performer: Angela Hewitt (Piano)
  • Notes: Das Kulturzentrum Grand Hotel, Dobbiaco, Italy (11/06/2009-11/09/2009)
  • Running Time: 19 min. 23 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Written: 1833-1838