Schumann Piano Works
This is a disc I would immediately reward with a rosette if such things were done at
Next, Kinderszenen: simplicity is its keynote. To begin with (as notably in the opening ''Von fremden Landern und Menschen'') I feared that in rejection of sentimentality he might not be allowing himself enough time for wide-eyed wonderment. But I was soon won over by his limpid tonal palette and the sheer purity of his phrasing. Each piece tells its own magical little tale without the slightest trace of special pleading. Such pristine grace will never pall, however often heard.
Kreisleriana in its turn offers rich contrasts of desperation, dedication and Hoffmannesque drollery. And except, perhaps, in the impetuous No. 7 (taken dangerously fast), it brings further reminders that we are in the presence of a master pianist—amongst so much else able to rejoice in this work's endless dialogues between left hand and right with his opulent bass and gleaming treble. Reproduction is totally faithful throughout.'