Idil Biret (piano)
Idil Biret Solo Edition Vol 5. The son of a writer and publisher, Robert Schumann, in common with a number of other composers of his generation, had marked literary proclivities. In Kreisleriana, a work completed in 1838 and dedicated on publication to Chopin, he pays tribute to ETA Hoffmann and the character Kapellmeister Johannes Kreisler used by Hoffmann to express some of his own ideas about the conflict between the artist and Philistine society. Blumenstuck is in a series of episodes, of which the second, itself varied in key and mood, forms a recurrent refrain. Faschingsschwank aus Wien (Carnival in Vienna), described in a subtitle as Phantasiebilder (fantasy-pictures) for the piano, was described by the composer as a grand romantic sonata.
Schumann Kreisleriana Op 16, Blumenstuck Op 19, Faschingsschwank aus Wien Op 26
Running Time: 1 hr 4 min
'Miss Biret is one of the finest natural Schumann players I have ever come across. In fact I cannot recall ever hearing a better all round performance of Schumann's Fantasiestucke in any concert hall in this city.' (The Montreal Star)
'Having at her disposal gentleness and force as well as the wide range of colour palette such a program requires, it is easy to explain the acclamation of the excited public at Idil Biret's recital.' (Nouvelles Litteraires)
'Idil Biret deservedly belongs among the most important leading musicians on the Naxos label.' (Klassik Forum)