Album

Juan Carlos - CARNAVAL - Schumann

Juan Carlos - CARNAVAL - Schumann

Genre : Classical
Catalogue: ODRCD342
UPC: 855317003424
  1. 01 – Robert Schumann – Carnaval Op. 9 – I. Preambule 
  2. 02 – Robert Schumann – Carnaval Op. 9 – II. Pierrot 
  3. 03 – Robert Schumann – Carnaval Op. 9 – III. Arlequin 
  4. 04 – Robert Schumann – Carnaval Op. 9 – IV. Valse noble 
  5. 05 – Robert Schumann – Carnaval Op. 9 – V. Eusebius
  6. 06 – Robert Schumann – Carnaval Op. 9 – VI. Florestan
  7. 07 – Robert Schumann – Carnaval Op. 9 – VII. Coquette 
  8. 08 – Robert Schumann – Carnaval Op. 9 – VIIIa. Replique 
  9. 09 – Robert Schumann – Carnaval Op. 9 – VIIIb. Sphinxes 
  10. 10 – Robert Schumann – Carnaval Op. 9 – IX. Papillons 
  11. 11 – Robert Schumann – Carnaval Op. 9 – X. ASCH-SCHA (lettres dansantes) 
  12. 12 – Robert Schumann – Carnaval Op. 9 – XI. Chiarina 
  13. 13 – Robert Schumann – Carnaval Op. 9 – XII. Chopin 
  14. 14 – Robert Schumann – Carnaval Op. 9 – XIII. Estrella 
  15. 15 – Robert Schumann – Carnaval Op. 9 – XIV. Reconnaissance 
  16. 16 – Robert Schumann – Carnaval Op. 9 – XV. Pantalon et Colombine 
  17. 17 – Robert Schumann – Carnaval Op. 9 – XVI. Valse allemande – Intermezzo Paganini
  18. 18 – Robert Schumann – Carnaval Op. 9 – XVII. Aveu 
  19. 19 – Robert Schumann – Carnaval Op. 9 – XVIII. Promenade 
  20. 20 – Robert Schumann – Carnaval Op. 9 – XIX. Pause 
  21. 21 – Robert Schumann – Carnaval Op. 9 – XX. Marche des Davidsbundler contre les Philistins 
  22. 22 – Robert Schumann – Faschingsschwank aus Wien Op. 26 – I. Allegro – Molto animato
  23. 23 – Robert Schumann – Faschingsschwank aus Wien Op. 26 – II. Romanze – Piu tosto lento
  24. 24 – Robert Schumann – Faschingsschwank aus Wien Op. 26 – III. Scherzino 
  25. 26 – Robert Schumann – Faschingsschwank aus Wien Op. 26 – V. Finale – Estremamente veloce 
  26. 27 – Robert Schumann – Geistervariationen – I. Tema – Leise innig
  27. 28 – Robert Schumann – Geistervariationen – II. Var. I 
  28. 29 – Robert Schumann – Geistervariationen – III. Var. II. Canonisch
  29. 30 – Robert Schumann – Geistervariationen – IV. Var. III. Etwas belebter 
  30. 31 – Robert Schumann – Geistervariationen – V. Var. IV 
  31. 32 – Robert Schumann – Geistervariationen – VI. Var. V 

JUAN CARLOS – CARNAVAL – SCHUMANN

Carnaval takes us on a journey through Robert Schumann’s life: from his passionate early piano pieces, inspired by youthful feelings of ardour, to his haunting final piano work, composed when his mind was in turmoil.

Award-winning pianist Juan Carlos has long been a devotee of Schumann’s fascinating output, and has meticulously constructed this programme to reflect each era of the composer’s career. Carnaval was inspired not by Clara Wieck, who would become Schumann’s wife, but by an infatuation with Ernestine von Fricken. The work is a masked ball of colourful characters, brought to life by Schumann’s rich imagination: Chopin and Paganini make an appearance, alongside characters from the commedia dell’arte and Schumann’s own alter egos.

Also inspired by a carnival is the Faschingschwank aus Wien – ‘Carnival Jest from Vienna’, inspired by the composer’s enjoyment of a Viennese spectacle. There are moments of vibrant virtuosity to conjure up the festival atmosphere, but this is no mere picturesque tribute, and there are subtler, more satirical, elements at play.

Schumann’s last piano work, the Geistervariationen – ‘Ghost Variations’ – are, as their title suggests, in a very different vein to the earlier works featured on this disc. The variations were written during a severe mental crisis near the composer’s death, Schumann claiming that the theme had been presented to him by angels. The music is indeed angelic; almost painfully serene and other-worldly, revealing a composer whose participation in life was only partial, and who yearned to be at peace.

Juan Carlos takes the listener through these contrasting phases with aplomb. An essential disc for all lovers of Schumann’s piano music.

Booklet in English, Spanish and German.
Program notes by Joanna Wyld.

01 – Robert Schumann – Carnaval Op. 9 – I. Preambule  // Juan Carlos - CARNAVAL - Schumann
  1. 01 – Robert Schumann – Carnaval Op. 9 – I. Preambule  // Juan Carlos - CARNAVAL - Schumann
  2. 02 – Robert Schumann – Carnaval Op. 9 – II. Pierrot  // Juan Carlos - CARNAVAL - Schumann
  3. 03 – Robert Schumann – Carnaval Op. 9 – III. Arlequin  // Juan Carlos - CARNAVAL - Schumann
  4. 04 – Robert Schumann – Carnaval Op. 9 – IV. Valse noble  // Juan Carlos - CARNAVAL - Schumann
  5. 05 – Robert Schumann – Carnaval Op. 9 – V. Eusebius // Juan Carlos - CARNAVAL - Schumann
  6. 06 – Robert Schumann – Carnaval Op. 9 – VI. Florestan // Juan Carlos - CARNAVAL - Schumann
  7. 07 – Robert Schumann – Carnaval Op. 9 – VII. Coquette  // Juan Carlos - CARNAVAL - Schumann
  8. 08 – Robert Schumann – Carnaval Op. 9 – VIIIa. Replique  // Juan Carlos - CARNAVAL - Schumann
  9. 09 – Robert Schumann – Carnaval Op. 9 – VIIIb. Sphinxes  // Juan Carlos - CARNAVAL - Schumann
  10. 10 – Robert Schumann – Carnaval Op. 9 – IX. Papillons  // Juan Carlos - CARNAVAL - Schumann
  11. 11 – Robert Schumann – Carnaval Op. 9 – X. ASCH-SCHA (lettres dansantes)  // Juan Carlos - CARNAVAL - Schumann
  12. 12 – Robert Schumann – Carnaval Op. 9 – XI. Chiarina  // Juan Carlos - CARNAVAL - Schumann
  13. 13 – Robert Schumann – Carnaval Op. 9 – XII. Chopin  // Juan Carlos - CARNAVAL - Schumann
  14. 14 – Robert Schumann – Carnaval Op. 9 – XIII. Estrella  // Juan Carlos - CARNAVAL - Schumann
  15. 15 – Robert Schumann – Carnaval Op. 9 – XIV. Reconnaissance  // Juan Carlos - CARNAVAL - Schumann
  16. 16 – Robert Schumann – Carnaval Op. 9 – XV. Pantalon et Colombine  // Juan Carlos - CARNAVAL - Schumann
  17. 17 – Robert Schumann – Carnaval Op. 9 – XVI. Valse allemande – Intermezzo Paganini // Juan Carlos - CARNAVAL - Schumann
  18. 18 – Robert Schumann – Carnaval Op. 9 – XVII. Aveu  // Juan Carlos - CARNAVAL - Schumann
  19. 19 – Robert Schumann – Carnaval Op. 9 – XVIII. Promenade  // Juan Carlos - CARNAVAL - Schumann
  20. 20 – Robert Schumann – Carnaval Op. 9 – XIX. Pause  // Juan Carlos - CARNAVAL - Schumann
  21. 21 – Robert Schumann – Carnaval Op. 9 – XX. Marche des Davidsbundler contre les Philistins  // Juan Carlos - CARNAVAL - Schumann
  22. 22 – Robert Schumann – Faschingsschwank aus Wien Op. 26 – I. Allegro – Molto animato // Juan Carlos - CARNAVAL - Schumann
  23. 23 – Robert Schumann – Faschingsschwank aus Wien Op. 26 – II. Romanze – Piu tosto lento // Juan Carlos - CARNAVAL - Schumann
  24. 24 – Robert Schumann – Faschingsschwank aus Wien Op. 26 – III. Scherzino  // Juan Carlos - CARNAVAL - Schumann
  25. 26 – Robert Schumann – Faschingsschwank aus Wien Op. 26 – V. Finale – Estremamente veloce  // Juan Carlos - CARNAVAL - Schumann
  26. 27 – Robert Schumann – Geistervariationen – I. Tema – Leise innig // Juan Carlos - CARNAVAL - Schumann
  27. 28 – Robert Schumann – Geistervariationen – II. Var. I  // Juan Carlos - CARNAVAL - Schumann
  28. 29 – Robert Schumann – Geistervariationen – III. Var. II. Canonisch // Juan Carlos - CARNAVAL - Schumann
  29. 30 – Robert Schumann – Geistervariationen – IV. Var. III. Etwas belebter  // Juan Carlos - CARNAVAL - Schumann
  30. 31 – Robert Schumann – Geistervariationen – V. Var. IV  // Juan Carlos - CARNAVAL - Schumann
  31. 32 – Robert Schumann – Geistervariationen – VI. Var. V  // Juan Carlos - CARNAVAL - Schumann