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Clara Schumann (1819-1896): Scherzo; Three Preludes & Fugues; Variations; Romances; Nocturne; Brahms; Grafe / Mika Sasaki, piano; Petteri Iivonen, violin

Album Summary

>Schumann, Clara W. : Scherzo for piano no 2 in C minor, Op. 14
>Schumann, Clara W. : Preludes and Fugues (3) for piano, Op. 16
>Schumann, Clara W. : Variations on a Theme by Robert Schumann, for piano in F sharp minor, Op. 20
>Brahms, Johannes : Variations (16) for Piano in F sharp minor on a Theme by Schumann, Op. 9
>Schumann, Clara W. : Romances (3) for violin & piano, Op. 22
>Grafe, Max : Obsidian Liturgy, for piano
>Schumann, Clara W. : Soirées musicales Op. 6
Performer Composers

Notes & Reviews:

This album celebrates Clara Schumann, her music, and the intricate artistic circle of musicians who surrounded her. Clara Schumann's superb musicianship and pianistic genius are demonstrated in the exquisite works recorded in this album. Her legacy lives on through these works, and through the strong influence she had on her musical family. "As the year 2016 marks the 120th and 160th anniversaries of the deaths of Clara and Robert Schumann, I was also delighted to include Obsidian Liturgy, composed for me and Clara Schumann by my dear friend and colleague, Max Grafe. The piece unfolds through a sequence of emotionally dramatic musical events: an 'Invocation' is followed by a ritualistic 'Canticle' that builds into a fervent and obsessive 'Incantation,' culminating in a cataclysmic explosion. After some seconds of silence, a vertiginous 'Trance' of left-hand ostinatos sound from the distance, followed by a climactic 'Peal' of strong, harsh bells. The 'Benedictus' finally creates a sense of resolution, despite its haunting overtones, and finally, a desolate 'Ite, missa est,' concludes the liturgy." -- Mika Sasaki Mika Sasaki performed much of this music in live concert for invited guests in Samueli Theater. She left our audience thrilled, eager for more." "Pianist Mika Sasaki played well with forceful rolling chords in the final Romance, and continued admirable pianism with two sets of variations on a Robert Schumann theme... . Ms. Sasaki's tempos were never rushed and she played with a subtle touch... -- Terry McNeill



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Works Details

>Schumann, Clara W. : Scherzo for piano no 2 in C minor, Op. 14
  • Performer: Mika Sasaki (Piano)
  • Running Time: 4 min. 32 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Written: after 1841

>Schumann, Clara W. : Preludes and Fugues (3) for piano, Op. 16
  • Performer: Mika Sasaki (Piano)
  • Running Time: 11 min. 21 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Written: 02/1845-03/1845

>Schumann, Clara W. : Variations on a Theme by Robert Schumann, for piano in F sharp minor, Op. 20
  • Performer: Mika Sasaki (Piano)
  • Running Time: 1 min. 5 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Written: 05/1853-06/1853

>Brahms, Johannes : Variations (16) for Piano in F sharp minor on a Theme by Schumann, Op. 9
  • Performer: Mika Sasaki (Piano)
  • Running Time: 16 min. 38 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Written: 1854

>Schumann, Clara W. : Romances (3) for violin & piano, Op. 22
  • Performer: Mika Sasaki (Piano)
  • Running Time: 9 min. 10 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Written: 07/1853

>Grafe, Max : Obsidian Liturgy, for piano
  • Performer: Mika Sasaki (Piano)
  • Running Time: 10 min. 22 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Written: 2015

>Schumann, Clara W. : Soirées musicales Op. 6 :: Notturno
  • Performer: Mika Sasaki (Piano)
  • Running Time: 4 min. 57 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Written: 1834-1836