Schumann: Novelletten & Nachtstücke

Driver, D. (2014) Schumann: Novelletten & Nachtstücke. [Audio]

Abstract

Piano music by Robert Schumann (1810-1856) performed by Danny Driver: Novelletten Op 21; Nachtstücke Op 23; Drei Romanzen Op 28. In this new album Danny Driver brings his impeccable pianism, consummate style and imagination to Schumann’s Novelletten and Nachtstücke, less well-known sets from his extraordinary output for the piano. Schumann wrote Nachtstücke, a set of four character pieces, upon the death of his brother, and would have entitled it ‘Corpse Fantasia’ were it not for Clara’s intervention. The eight pieces of the Novelletten form what is at once the largest and the least known among Schumann’s major piano cycles. The music itself is of consistently high quality (years later, Schumann himself still regarded this among his most successful works), and clearly written in an exultant mood.

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