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Schumann: Novelletten, Op. 21; Nachtstüücke, Op. 23 / Danny Driver, piano

Album Summary

>Schumann, Robert : Novelletten (8) for Piano, Op. 21
>Schumann, Robert : Nachtstucke (Night Pieces) for piano, Op. 23
>Schumann, Robert : Romances (3) for Piano, Op. 28
Performer Composer

Notes & Reviews:

On this album Danny Driver brings his impeccable pianism, consummate style and imagination to Schumann’s Novelletten and Nachtstu¨cke, less wellknown sets from his extraordinary output for the piano. Schumann wrote Nachtstu¨cke upon the death of his brother, and would have entitled it Corpse Fantasia were it not for Clara's intervention. The eight pieces of the Novelletten form what is at once the largest and the least known among Schumann's major piano cycles.

BBC Music Magazine, Christmas 2014
Driver proves at once with the first Novellette that he is alive to the composer's robust, macho side and its inverse, those luminescent and melting atmospheres...This is, in short, engaging and sophisticated playing with a fine mix of care and spontaneity.

Financial Times, 18th January 2015
Driver shows his mettle in offering the full sets of both pieces, with much poetry and no unwanted exaggeration.

The Telegraph, 24th November 2014
There is an unbroken thread of thought running through Driver's interpretation, with the fluxes of harmony and nuances of dynamics artlessly etched in and a natural flow and impetus to the music from the very start to its hushed finish...This is playing of a most perceptive order.

The Guardian, 13th November 2014
[Driver], who is going from strength to strength at the moment, turns in a powerhouse performance on his new Schumann album, playing with great technical prowess, and admirably alert to the fluctuations of mood and feeling within the prevailing intensity of the whole.

Gramophone Magazine, November 2014
Driver is commanding and personable. He never fails to establish character and to provide the understanding and flair of a virtuoso in leading us on, in getting from one thing to another. The only qualities I miss are a measure of ease with the continuity and greater differentiation in the sound and movement.

Notes & Reviews:

Recording information: Potton Hall, Dunwich, Suffolk (09/16/2013-09/18/2013).



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Works Details

>Schumann, Robert : Novelletten (8) for Piano, Op. 21
  • Performer: Danny Driver (Piano)
  • Notes: Potton Hall, Dunwich, Suffolk (09/16/2013-09/18/2013)
  • Running Time: 46 min. 51 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Written: 1838

>Schumann, Robert : Nachtstücke (Night Pieces) for piano, Op. 23
  • Performer: Danny Driver (Piano)
  • Notes: Potton Hall, Dunwich, Suffolk (09/16/2013-09/18/2013)
  • Running Time: 18 min. 26 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Written: 1839

>Schumann, Robert : Romances (3) for Piano, Op. 28
  • Performer: Danny Driver (Piano)
  • Notes: Potton Hall, Dunwich, Suffolk (09/16/2013-09/18/2013)
  • Running Time: 3 min. 51 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Written: 1839