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Robert Schumann: Symphonische Etüden, Op. 13 - Waldszenen, Op. 82 - Arabeske, Op. 18

Martin Helmchen

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Waldszenen, Op. 82  
1
Eintritt
Robert Schumann; Martin Helmchen
1:58
2
Jäger auf der Lauer
Robert Schumann; Martin Helmchen
1:33
3
Einsame Blumen
Robert Schumann; Martin Helmchen
2:13
4
Verrufene Stelle
Robert Schumann; Martin Helmchen
3:28
5
Freundliche Landschaft
Robert Schumann; Martin Helmchen
1:12
6
Herberge
Robert Schumann; Martin Helmchen
2:04
7
Vogel als Prophet
Robert Schumann; Martin Helmchen
3:42
8
Jagdlied
Robert Schumann; Martin Helmchen
2:33
9
Abschied
Robert Schumann; Martin Helmchen
3:32
Symphonische Etüden, Op. 13  
10
Thema
Robert Schumann; Martin Helmchen
1:37
11
Variation I
Robert Schumann; Martin Helmchen
1:14
12
Variation II
Robert Schumann; Martin Helmchen
1:28
13
Étude III
Robert Schumann; Martin Helmchen
0:56
14
Anhang Variation I
Robert Schumann; Martin Helmchen
0:50
15
Variation III
Robert Schumann; Martin Helmchen
1:05
16
Variation IV
Robert Schumann; Martin Helmchen
0:58
17
Variation V
Robert Schumann; Martin Helmchen
0:55
18
Anhang Variation II
Robert Schumann; Martin Helmchen
2:19
19
Anhang Variation III
Robert Schumann; Martin Helmchen
1:13
20
Variation VI
Robert Schumann; Martin Helmchen
1:09
21
Anhang Variation IV
Robert Schumann; Martin Helmchen
2:38
22
Anhang Variation V
Robert Schumann; Martin Helmchen
2:28
23
Variation VII
Robert Schumann; Martin Helmchen
2:20
24
Étude IX
Robert Schumann; Martin Helmchen
0:40
25
Variation VIII
Robert Schumann; Martin Helmchen
1:30
26
Variation IX
Robert Schumann; Martin Helmchen
2:29
27
Finale
Robert Schumann; Martin Helmchen
6:07
28
Arabeske in C Major, Op. 18
Robert Schumann; Martin Helmchen
6:05
Digital Booklet
Total Playing Time    60:16
"At every stage, Helmchen takes full expressive advantage of Schumann’s lyrical moments ... clearly he is a musician who believes that implied expression is just as important as explicit statement."
- International Record Review

"... explores the extremes of Schumann as a piano composer, at both his most inward and his most virtuoso. The most successful readings of the Études symphoniques combine a delight in the physical with a mercurial charm."
- Gramophone

"Five Stars ... really a stimulating, thoughtfully-planned Schumann programme ... Helmchen’s performance is as fine as any I’m aware of. The playing is first-rate, of course, but so is the interpretation. Helmchen brings just the right emotional shading to each piece ... PentaTone’s recording is equally wonderful: immediate, truthful, immersive ... this one will certainly be on my favourite recordings list for 2013."
- Audiophile Audition

This 2012 recital album from Martin Helmchen boasts not only an impressive performance from the German pianist, but also excellent audio quality, typical for PentaTone releases. A review in Audiophile Audition stated the programme includes "one of the composer’s greatest pieces of absolute music for the piano, his last important collection of character pieces and maybe the most flat-out gorgeous piece of music he ever wrote (the Arabeske)."
96 kHz / 24-bit PCM – PentaTone Studio Masters

Recording venue: Siemens Villa, Berlin, Germany, 11/2011
Executive producer: Stefan Lang
Recording producer: Sebastian Stein
Balance engineer: Everett Porter
Recording engineer : Everett Porter
Editing: Sebastian Stein
Piano technician: Thomas Hübsch

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