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Schumann: Fantasiestucke, Op. 12; Humoreske, Op. 20

By Jorg Demus

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By Jorg Demus. By Robert Schumann. Classical, Piano. Classical. Listening CD. Naxos #6040150-2. Published by Naxos (NX.6040150-2).

Item Number: NX.6040150-2

Jorg Demus died a few weeks ago at the age of ninety. MDG commemorates this great pianist with a new release of the Fantasiestucke 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 program documents his tireless advocacy of historical keyboard instruments. The name "Fantasiestucke" contains a program. With ETA Hoffmann's writings as their model, these "Fantasy Pieces" create a whole cosmos of romantic associations. Even the titles of the individual pieces suggest yearning for the faraway: "In the Night," "Fable," "Dream's Confusion"- fantasy spreads its wings and rises in flight. Schumann is found in his entirely in the "Grand Humoresque," as the composer described it to Clara; laughter, mixed with tears: "Everything is beautifully depicted in my op. 20." Jord Demus, who was at home on the concert stage from the age of sixteen, brilliantly understood how to bring audiences closer to "Eusebius and Florestan," the two souls in Schumann's heart. His death is a great loss.

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