SCHUMANN: 1839 – Year of Piano (2CD) (Humoreske • 4 Nachtstücke etc)

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“Papastefanou performs throughout with virtuosic command and sensitivity”
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Robert SCHUMANN (1810–1856)
‘1839 Year of Piano ’

Alexandra Papastefanou piano

1–6. Humoreske in B flat major, Op. 20

7–10. 4 Nachtstücke, Op. 23

11. Arabeske in C major, Op. 18 (1838-39)

12. Blumenstück in D flat major, Op. 19

1–5. Faschingsschwank aus Wien, Op. 26 (1839-40)

6–8. 3 Romanzen, Op. 28

9–10. Bunte Blätter, Op. 99:
3 Stücklein (1838):
No. 1

No. 2
No. 3

Bunte Blätter, Op. 99:
11. No. 10, Praeludium

12. 4 Klavierstücke, Op. 32: No. 4. Fughette in G minor

13. Albumblätter, Op. 124: No. 19 in A major: Phantasiestück

Recording at the Dimitri Mitropoulos Hall, Megaron, Athens, 23 June and 28 July 2020
Produced by Alexandra Papastefanou
24bit, 44.1kHz hi-resolution recording and editing by Nikos Espialidis
Mastered by Nikos Espialidis and David Murphy (FHR)
Booklet notes by Jonathan Summers
2CD DigiFile

Press Quotes

“Her Schumann is solid. She plays everything with enthusiasm, excellent rubato, and fine technique. I really enjoyed everything on this recording very much.” (American Record Guide)

“A fascinating collection of lesser-performed works here, and Papastefanou performs throughout with virtuosic command and sensitivity to the constantly changing moods.”  (Classical Notes)

“Arabeske, op. 18, and the Blumenstück, op. 19, show her at her finest: her playing here is fluid and natural in quality; the pianist simply allows the music to progress ahead without a worry in the world. Her playing of the famous F♯ Major Romanze is equally beautiful…” (Fanfare)