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Schumann: Piano Sonata No. 1; Fantasia Op. 17 / Ju

Album Summary

>Schumann, Robert : Fantasia in C major, Op. 17
>Schumann, Robert : Piano Soanta in F sharp minor, Op. 11
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Notes & Reviews:

Jin Ju's debut album on MDG features imaginative and impassioned interpretation and a very personal and profound vision of the Sonata in F sharp minor op. 11 and the Fantasy op. 17. Drawing on the superb resources of MDG's 1909 Steinway concert grand piano, she presents the emotionally subtle and powerfully energetic musical kaleidoscope of Schumann's cryptic declarations of love to his future wife.

All Music Guide - Patsy Morita
Jin Ju gives listeners the two most famous of Robert Schumann's large-scale piano works in this 2010 recording: the Fantasia in C major, Op. 17, and the Sonata No. 1, Op. 11. In these works, the quintessential Schumann is reflected in several ways. Both were inspired by Clara Wieck; both display Schumann's poetic Eusebius personality and his carefree Florestan personality; both attempt to use traditional musical forms in a way that would satisfy and not be too stiff for the most passionate of Romantics.

In this last respect, Ju's performance, especially in the sonata, is convincing. To some, her use of rubato may seem a little indulgent and sometimes more than is necessary. In the opening of the Fantasia, it threatens to stretch the beats out of proper dimension. In part, this is also because her touch isn't as forceful and her sound not as brash as other pianists in the same passage. She seems to reserve that sense of heroism and outspokenness for the sonata. On the other hand, the rubato makes the Eusebius aspects of the music more effective. The sonata's Aria movement is quite a lovely cantabile. The contrast between it and her balletic athleticism in the following Scherzo is striking and a testament to her confidence in her own abilities. All of this comes together to make the Finale clearly communicative and infectious. MDG's sound is excellent at capturing just the right amount of resonance of Ju's piano. Ju's readings of these two masterworks is exemplary.

Notes & Reviews:

Recording information: Ehemaliges Ackerhaus der Abtei Marienmünster (08/25/2010-08/26/2010).



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Works Details

>Schumann, Robert : Fantasia in C major, Op. 17
  • Performer: Jin Ju (Piano)
  • Notes: Ehemaliges Ackerhaus der Abtei Marienmünster (08/25/2010-08/26/2010)
  • Running Time: 34 min. 21 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Written: 1836

>Schumann, Robert : Piano Soanta in F sharp minor, Op. 11
  • Performer: Jin Ju (Piano)
  • Notes: Ehemaliges Ackerhaus der Abtei Marienmünster (08/25/2010-08/26/2010)
  • Running Time: 33 min. 16 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Written: 1833-1835