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Schumann: Piano Music

Leon McCawley

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Faschingsschwank aus Wien, Op. 26  
1
I. Allegro. Sehr lebhaft
Robert Schumann; Leon McCawley
8:41
2
II. Romanze
Robert Schumann; Leon McCawley
2:45
3
III. Scherzino
Robert Schumann; Leon McCawley
2:05
4
IV. Intermezzo
Robert Schumann; Leon McCawley
2:12
5
V. Finale
Robert Schumann; Leon McCawley
5:30
Kinderszenen, Op. 15  
6
No. 1. Von fremden Landern und Menschen (Of Foreign Lands and People)
Robert Schumann; Leon McCawley
1:50
7
No. 2. Curiose Geschichte (A Strange Story)
Robert Schumann; Leon McCawley
1:03
8
No. 3. Hasche-Mann (Catch-as-catch-can)
Robert Schumann; Leon McCawley
0:31
9
No. 4. Bittendes Kind (Pleading Child)
Robert Schumann; Leon McCawley
0:57
10
No. 5. Gluckes genug (Happy Enough)
Robert Schumann; Leon McCawley
1:12
11
No. 6. Wichtige Begebenheit (An Important Event)
Robert Schumann; Leon McCawley
0:50
12
No. 7. Traumerei (Dreaming)
Robert Schumann; Leon McCawley
2:46
13
No. 8. Am Camin (By the Fire-side)
Robert Schumann; Leon McCawley
0:53
14
No. 9. Ritter vom Steckenpferd (Knight of the Hobby-horse)
Robert Schumann; Leon McCawley
0:38
15
No. 10. Fast zu ernst (Almost Too Serious)
Robert Schumann; Leon McCawley
1:52
16
No. 11. Furchtenmachen (Frightening)
Robert Schumann; Leon McCawley
1:43
17
No. 12. Kind im Einschlummern (Child Falling Asleep)
Robert Schumann; Leon McCawley
2:28
18
No. 13. Der Dichter spricht (The Poet Speaks)
Robert Schumann; Leon McCawley
2:43
Études symphoniques, Op. 13  
19
Thema: Andante
Robert Schumann; Leon McCawley
1:22
20
No. 1. Un poco più vivo
Robert Schumann; Leon McCawley
1:16
21
Variation 3
Robert Schumann; Leon McCawley
1:12
22
No. 2. Espressivo
Robert Schumann; Leon McCawley
2:52
23
No. 3. Vivace
Robert Schumann; Leon McCawley
1:25
24
Etude 4
Robert Schumann; Leon McCawley
0:53
25
No. 5. Scherzando
Robert Schumann; Leon McCawley
1:17
26
Variation 4
Robert Schumann; Leon McCawley
2:58
27
No. 6. Agitato
Robert Schumann; Leon McCawley
0:58
28
No. 7. Allegro molto
Robert Schumann; Leon McCawley
1:15
29
Variation 2
Robert Schumann; Leon McCawley
2:13
30
Variation 5
Robert Schumann; Leon McCawley
2:23
31
No. 8. Sempre marcatissimo
Robert Schumann; Leon McCawley
1:42
32
No. 9. Presto possibile
Robert Schumann; Leon McCawley
0:41
33
Variation 1
Robert Schumann; Leon McCawley
1:29
34
No. 10. Sempre con energia
Robert Schumann; Leon McCawley
1:17
35
No. 11. Con espressione
Robert Schumann; Leon McCawley
1:54
36
No. 12. Finale. Allegro brillante
Robert Schumann; Leon McCawley
6:11
Digital Booklet
Total Playing Time    73:57
"It's the faster movements which come off most convincingly (in the Faschingsschwank), with the pianist finding the right combination of accentuation and momentum ... McCawley produces some beautiful sounds ..."
- Gramophone

"... his expressive directness and unfussily supple phrasing is especially effective in Kinderszenen. He eschews self-indulgence ... yet beneath the surface there is plenty going on, small details of voicing and phrasing and little emphases that speak more on repeated listening."
- BBC Music Magazine

Leon McCawley continues his exploration of 19th century repertoire with this recital album dedicated to the piano music of Robert Schumann. McCawley begins with the delightful five movement Faschingsschwank aus Wien, which unusually falls between the structure of a suite and a sonata. The Kinderszenen is strongly evocative of the time, when Schumann and his beloved Clara were being forcibly kept apart by Clara’s father. Concluding the programme are the Études symphoniques, undoubtedly among his most important piano compositions. McCawley shot into prominence when he won both First Prize in the International Beethoven Piano Competition in Vienna and Second Prize in the Leeds International Piano Competition in 1993, at the age of 19.
96 kHz / 24-bit PCM – SOMM Recordings Studio Masters

Recorded at Champs Hill, Pulborough, West Sussex on May 20 and 21, 2012
Recording producer: Siva Oke
Recording engineer: Ben Connellan
Front cover photo of Leon Mccawley by Ben Ealovega
Design and layout: Andrew Giles

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