Thursday, 25 August 2011

Schumann: Carnaval; Impromptus Op 5; Noveletten Op 21, etc ? review

C�dric Pescia
(Claves, two CDs)

In 2007, Pescia was responsible for the second volume of Claves's leisurely progress through Schumann's piano music, with recordings of Papillons, Davidsb�ndlert�nze and Album for the Young. That set of performances suggested a highly talented yet uneven and excitable pianist, impressions confirmed from the start of this latest collection, with a performance of Carnaval in which passages are sometimes nonsensically garbled and only occasionally poetic. Nothing else in the set is quite as provocative, but then neither is it particularly memorable, either. That's a shame: works such as the Op 5 Impromptus, the Albumbl�tter Op 124 and all eight of the Noveletten Op 21 aren't recorded often, and need more characterful interpreters than Pescia. He is most convincing, perhaps, in the seven austere Pieces in Fughetta Form Op 126, which don't allow him the space to be wilful; but nevertheless the set is the least successful of the series so far.

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