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Schumann: Symphonische Etuden, Op. 13; Waldszenen, Op. 82; Arabesque, Op. 18 / Martin Helmchen, piano

Audio Samples

>Schumann, Robert : Waldszenen (Forest Scenes), for piano, Op. 82
>Schumann, Robert : Symphonic Etudes for Piano, Op. 13
>Schumann, Robert : Symphonic Etudes in Variation Form (5), for piano (variants & corrections of Op. 13), WoO 6
>Schumann, Robert : Arabeske for piano in C major, Op. 18

Album Summary

>Schumann, Robert : Waldszenen (Forest Scenes), for piano, Op. 82
>Schumann, Robert : Symphonic Etudes for Piano, Op. 13
>Schumann, Robert : Symphonic Etudes in Variation Form (5), for piano (variants & corrections of Op. 13), WoO 6
>Schumann, Robert : Arabeske for piano in C major, Op. 18
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Notes & Reviews:

This new recital album of Martin Helmchen adds to the large collection of recordings Helmchen has with Pentatone. Helmchen will be touring in the US in late November 2012 & early December, playing with the Oregon Symphony & Houston Symphony Orchestra.

American Record Guide, March / April 2013
Helmchen's interpretations of Schumann are decent and technically adept. His playing is carefully articulated. There are some genuinely enjoyable moments in this recording, such as Helmchen's intimate and delicate Anhang Variation 5. But despite his solid facilities and concentration, he reduces the complexity of Schumann to a handful of seriously played notes.

International Record Review
At every stage, Helmchen takes full expressive advantage of Schumann's lyrical moments, but here again he doesn't exaggerate them - clearly he is a musician who believes that implied expression is just as important as explicit statement.

Gramophone Magazine, June 2013
Helmchen's programme explores the extremes of Schumann as a piano composer, at both his most inward and his most virtuoso. I have a suspicion that he's more at ease in the former. The most successful readings of the Études symphoniques combine a delight in the physical with a mercurial charm.

Notes & Reviews:

Recording information: Siemens Villa, Berlin, Germany (11/2011).



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Works Details

>Schumann, Robert : Waldszenen (Forest Scenes), for piano, Op. 82
  • Performer: Martin Helmchen (Piano)
  • Running Time: 21 min. 3 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Written: 1848-1849

>Schumann, Robert : Symphonic Etudes for Piano, Op. 13
  • Performer: Martin Helmchen (Piano)
  • Running Time: 20 min. 37 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Written: 1834-1861

>Schumann, Robert : Symphonic Etudes in Variation Form (5), for piano (variants & corrections of Op. 13), WoO 6
  • Performer: Martin Helmchen (Piano)
  • Running Time: 8 min. 48 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Written: 1836

>Schumann, Robert : Symphonic Etudes for Piano, Op. 13
  • Performer: Martin Helmchen (Piano)
  • Running Time: 20 min. 37 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Written: 1834-1861

>Schumann, Robert : Symphonic Etudes in Variation Form (5), for piano (variants & corrections of Op. 13), WoO 6
  • Performer: Martin Helmchen (Piano)
  • Running Time: 8 min. 48 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Written: 1836

>Schumann, Robert : Symphonic Etudes for Piano, Op. 13
  • Performer: Martin Helmchen (Piano)
  • Running Time: 20 min. 37 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Written: 1834-1861

>Schumann, Robert : Symphonic Etudes in Variation Form (5), for piano (variants & corrections of Op. 13), WoO 6
  • Performer: Martin Helmchen (Piano)
  • Running Time: 8 min. 48 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Written: 1836

>Schumann, Robert : Symphonic Etudes for Piano, Op. 13
  • Performer: Martin Helmchen (Piano)
  • Running Time: 20 min. 37 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Written: 1834-1861

>Schumann, Robert : Arabeske for piano in C major, Op. 18
  • Performer: Martin Helmchen (Piano)
  • Running Time: 6 min. 5 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Written: 1838