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  • Composer: Leos Janacek, Robert Schumann
  • Audio CD (2 Jun. 2014)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: CD
  • Label: Hyperion
  • ASIN: B00JGEKSKS
  • Other Editions: Audio CD
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars 5 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 152,373 in CDs & Vinyl (See Top 100 in CDs & Vinyl)
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Track Listings

Disc: 1

  1. LEO JANÁCVEK | On the overgrown path | Book 1 JW VIII/17 | Our evenings [4'02]
  2. LEO JANÁCVEK | On the overgrown path | Book 1 JW VIII/17 | A blown-away leaf [3'13]
  3. LEO JANÁCVEK | On the overgrown path | Book 1 JW VIII/17 | Come with us! [1'43]
  4. LEO JANÁCVEK | On the overgrown path | Book 1 JW VIII/17 | The Frýdek Madonna [3'17]
  5. LEO JANÁCVEK | On the overgrown path | Book 1 JW VIII/17 | They chattered like swallows [2'51]
  6. LEO JANÁCVEK | On the overgrown path | Book 1 JW VIII/17 | Words fail! [2'16]
  7. LEO JANÁCVEK | On the overgrown path | Book 1 JW VIII/17 | Good night! [3'33]
  8. LEO JANÁCVEK | On the overgrown path | Book 1 JW VIII/17 | Unutterable anguish [3'49]
  9. LEO JANÁCVEK | On the overgrown path | Book 1 JW VIII/17 | In tears [3'34]
  10. LEO JANÁCVEK | On the overgrown path | Book 1 JW VIII/17 | The barn owl has not flown away! [3'46]
  11. ROBERT SCHUMANN | Waldszenen Op 82 | Eintritt [2'28]
  12. ROBERT SCHUMANN | Waldszenen Op 82 | Jäger auf der Lauer [1'25]
  13. ROBERT SCHUMANN | Waldszenen Op 82 | Einsame Blumen [2'25]
  14. ROBERT SCHUMANN | Waldszenen Op 82 | Verrufene Stelle [2'42]
  15. ROBERT SCHUMANN | Waldszenen Op 82 | Freundliche Landschaft [1'10]
  16. ROBERT SCHUMANN | Waldszenen Op 82 | Herberge [2'07]
  17. ROBERT SCHUMANN | Waldszenen Op 82 | Vogel als Prophet [3'46]
  18. ROBERT SCHUMANN | Waldszenen Op 82 | Jagdlied [2'25]
  19. ROBERT SCHUMANN | Waldszenen Op 82 | Abschied [4'07]
  20. ROBERT SCHUMANN | Kinderszenen Op 15 | Von fremden Ländern und Menschen [1'59]
  21. ROBERT SCHUMANN | Kinderszenen Op 15 | Kuriose Geschichte [1'01]
  22. ROBERT SCHUMANN | Kinderszenen Op 15 | Hasche-Mann [0'33]
  23. ROBERT SCHUMANN | Kinderszenen Op 15 | Bittendes Kind [1'08]
  24. ROBERT SCHUMANN | Kinderszenen Op 15 | Glückes genug [1'12]
  25. ROBERT SCHUMANN | Kinderszenen Op 15 | Wichtige Begebenheit [0'56]
  26. ROBERT SCHUMANN | Kinderszenen Op 15 | Träumerei [2'51]
  27. ROBERT SCHUMANN | Kinderszenen Op 15 | Am Kamin [0'54]
  28. ROBERT SCHUMANN | Kinderszenen Op 15 | Ritter vom Steckenpferd [0'38]
  29. ROBERT SCHUMANN | Kinderszenen Op 15 | Fast zu ernst [1'56]
  30. ROBERT SCHUMANN | Kinderszenen Op 15 | Fürchtenmachen [1'36]
  31. ROBERT SCHUMANN | Kinderszenen Op 15 | Kind im Einschlummern [2'13]
  32. ROBERT SCHUMANN | Kinderszenen Op 15 | Der Dichter spricht [2'50]

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Marc-André presents a fascinating juxtaposition of two composers who are not obviously musically related, but who are proved on this album to be a felicitous combination.

Schumann's well-loved Kinderszenen ('Scenes from childhood') cycle is a masterpiece: each piece is as deftly and exquisitely crafted as anything in his more outwardly sophisticated mode. From the haunting beauty of the opening 'From foreign lands and people' ('Von fremden Ländern und Menschen'), via the spare eloquence of the central 'Dreaming' ('Träumerei'), to the quiet rhetoric of 'The poet speaks' ('Der Dichter spricht'), the listener is taken through nuances of emotion whose effects are heartrendingly poignant.

Waldszenen ('Forest scenes') is another collection of miniatures, and Schumann's last major cycle for solo piano. This deeply 'Romantic' work in the most psychological sense of the word is no objective foray into the woods, but a very personal reaction to an imagined landscape; and equally striking is the sense that each piece represents just a shard of a larger experience. On the whole it is the more bucolic aspect that Schumann explores, though these pieces are not without darker shadows. And while they may be technically fairly straightforward, their changeability calls for the quickest of reactions and a wealth of subtle nuance.

Over half a century separates Schumann's nature-inspired Waldszenen from the first book of Janácvek's On the overgrown path. The subject matter is darker and more oblique and the piano writing is deceptively treacherous, many of the difficulties far from overt. The title of the overall cycle refers to a Moravian wedding song, the bride lamenting that 'The path to my mother's has become overgrown with clover'. The sequence of ten pieces that comprises Book 1 constitutes, as the scholar John Tyrrell has written, some of the 'profoundest, most disturbing music that Janácvek had written, their impact quite out of proportion to their modest means and ambition'.

Review

Here, once more, the knife-edge between composer and interpreter; between creator and recreator is held in fine balance. RECORDING OF THE MONTH --Gramophone, June'14

This exploration of Janacek's piano music is totally compelling. RECORDING OF THE MONTH --BBC Music Magazine, July'14

By anybody s standard, this is a terrific CD, but that should not be much of a surprise for those who have been following Marc-Andre Hamelin's career. One of the thing that astonishes me about Hamelin is that he plays many different types of music so well. Motivated by a sense of critical duty, I tried to find one thing to dislike about Hamelin's performances here, but I drew a complete blank. IRR OUTSTANDING --IRR, Oct'14


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