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Schumann

Lise de la Salle

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Kinderszenen (Scenes of Childhood), Op. 15  
1
No. 1. Von fremden Ländern und Menschen (Of Foreign Lands and People)
Robert Schumann; Lise de la Salle
1:59
2
No. 2. Kuriose Geschichte (A Curious Story)
Robert Schumann; Lise de la Salle
1:03
3
No. 3. Hasche-Mann (Blind man’s buff)
Robert Schumann; Lise de la Salle
0:32
4
No. 4. Bittendes Kind (Pleading Child)
Robert Schumann; Lise de la Salle
1:05
5
No. 5. Glückes genug (Happy Enough)
Robert Schumann; Lise de la Salle
0:40
6
No. 6. Wichtige Begebenheit (An Important Event)
Robert Schumann; Lise de La Salle
0:50
7
No. 7. Träumerei (Dreaming)
Robert Schumann; Lise de la Salle
2:48
8
No. 8. Am Kamin (At the Fireside)
Robert Schumann; Lise de la Salle
0:49
9
No. 9. Ritter vom Steckenpferd (Knight of the Hobby-horse)
Robert Schumann; Lise de la Salle
0:37
10
No. 10. Fast zu ernst (Almost Too Serious)
Robert Schumann; Lise de la Salle
2:22
11
No. 11. Fürchtenmachen (Frightening)
Robert Schumann; Lise de la Salle
1:48
12
No. 12. Kind im Einschlummern (Child Falling Asleep)
Robert Schumann; Lise de la Salle
2:17
13
No. 13. Der Dichter spricht (The Poet Speaks)
Robert Schumann; Lise de la Salle
3:19
14
Abegg variations op.1
Robert Schumann; Lise de la Salle
8:14
Fantasie in C Major, Op. 17  
15
I. Durchaus fantastisch und leidenschaftlich vorzutragen. im Legenden-Ton
Robert Schumann; Lise de la Salle
14:11
16
II. Mäßig. Durchaus energisch
Robert Schumann; Lise de la Salle
7:38
17
III. Langsam getragen. Durchweg leise zu halten
Robert Schumann; Lise de la Salle
10:11
Digital Booklet
Total Playing Time    60:23
"... ‘delicious,' as the French would say ... surely, one of the best recordings of this work ..."
- International Record Review

"... immaculate in their textual clarity, virtuosic and elegant in tone, these are highly accomplished, keenly considered performances by an artist of conspicuous refinement."
- BBC Music Magazine

"... (her playing) once more displays a distinctive personal eloquence ... for Clara Schumann the Fantasie was beyond wonder. Such unbridled joy is reflected in de la Salle's bold and impassioned response."
- Gramophone

Internationally-recognized piano virtuoso Lise de la Salle presents an all-Schubert solo recital, featuring his greatest piano work, the Fantasie Op. 17. Since the composer and repertoire have such deep personal significance to la Salle, she says she hesitated making this record, fearing she wouldn't do the music justice. Judging by the glowing reviews the album has received, she had nothing to worry about.

"I’ve always listened to a lot of Schumann. He fascinated me when I was a little girl of six or seven. I’ve always been attracted by the manic side of him, his very individual ‘touch,’ and I’ve always loved surrendering myself to his music. I feel very close to it. But although Schumann is one of the composers I get most out of, I waited a long time before I played him ‘seriously’ ... I think I didn’t want to risk being disappointed by myself. I couldn’t bring myself to imagine that everything I had dreamt about this music might not take shape exactly as I wanted. So I waited until I was completely ready and that moment came a few years ago."
- Lise de la Salle
44.1 kHz / 24-bit PCM – Naive Studio Masters

Recorded in December 2013 at the Sendesaal Bremen (Germany)

Production: Radio Bremen
Producer: Wilfried Schäper
Recording producer, balance engineer, editing & mastering: Renate Wolter-Seevers

Piano: Steinway D no.497200
Tuning: Martin Henn

Recording & editing system: Sequoia Digital audio Workstation Microphones: neumann KM 130 and Sennheiser MKH 20
Mixer: Solid State Logic series 5000 analog console

A/D conversion: jünger c8242

Interview by Claire Boisteau

Articles translated by Charles Johnston (English), Achim Russer (German)
Cover & inside photo: © Lynn Goldsmith

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