Schumann - Fantasiestucke op.12, Humoreske op.20 | MDG (Dabringhaus und Grimm) MDG6040150

Schumann - Fantasiestucke op.12, Humoreske op.20


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Label: MDG (Dabringhaus und Grimm)

Cat No: MDG6040150

Format: CD

Number of Discs: 1

Genre: Instrumental

Release Date: 19th July 2019



Jörg Demus died on 16 April 2019 at the age of ninety. MDG commemorates this great pianist with a new release of the Fantasiestücke, op.12, and Humoreske, op.20, by Robert Schumann, to whose music Demus felt drawn throughout his life.

Performed on a Viennese pianoforte by Conrad Graf and recorded with the finest digital technology even more than thirty years ago, this programme documents his tireless advocacy of historical keyboard instruments.

Conrad Graf himself had given Clara and Robert Schumann a comparable instrument as a wedding present. Its special appeal comes from the “moderator,” a lever creating an elfin pianissimo, and the “harp stop,” which, as on the harpsichord, generates a pizzicato effect. Along with the “pearly” articulation typical of the pianoforte, these effects are a perfect match for Schumann’s romantic pieces.

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