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Schumann: Carnaval Op. 9; Papillons Op. 2; Sonata in G minor Op. 22 / Jon Nakamatsu, piano

Album Summary

>Schumann, Robert : Sonata for Piano no 2 in G minor, Op. 22
>Schumann, Robert : Moderato
>Schumann, Robert : Carnaval, Op. 9
Performer Composer

Notes & Reviews:

The fantastical world of Robert Schumann's musical imagination provides the theme for this recording by pianist Jon Nakamatsu. It ranges from the tempestuous virtuosity of the Piano Sonata No.2 to the glittering masquerade depicted in the Carnaval to the colorful miniatures of the Papillons. Schumann's compositions lie at the very heart of the Romantic piano repertoire. Since winning the Gold Medal at the Tenth Van Cliburn International Piano Competition, Nakamatsu has enjoyed a busy concert career and has made several highly acclaimed recordings for harmonia mundi.

BBC Music Magazine, July 2014
Nakamatsu clarifies Schumann's mid-range saturated textures to a remarkable degree, revelling in its fantastic imagingings with rapier-like precision and effortless command.

Gramophone Magazine, March 2014
There's plenty of imagination in his readings but sometimes it perhaps comes a little too close to caricature.

International Record Review, April 2014
Insightful readings, refreshingly original in concept, technically immaculate and distinguished by their textural clarity and inerrant singing line.

American Record Guide, July/August 2014
American pianist Nakamatsu has presented us with quite an impressive collection of recordings over the years. His work has been so consistent. Surprise! These are not poor performances. The special attributes of good Schumann playing have been largely met, and the composer's two-sided world emerges unscathed. The sound is all it should be, and the notes are decent.

Notes & Reviews:

Recording information: The American Academy of Arts and Letters, New York (12/2012).



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Works Details

>Schumann, Robert : Sonata for Piano no 2 in G minor, Op. 22
  • Performer: Jon Nakamatsu (Piano)
  • Running Time: 18 min. 19 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Written: 1833-1838

>Schumann, Robert : Moderato
  • Performer: Jon Nakamatsu (Piano)
  • Running Time: 12 min. 23 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Written: 1829-1831

>Schumann, Robert : Carnaval, Op. 9
  • Performer: Jon Nakamatsu (Piano)
  • Running Time: 27 min. 46 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Written: 1833-1835