Schumann - Piano Works (2009)

Schumann

Yury Martynov

Critics are always keen to know something the composers themselves cannot say. [...] Heavens above, when will the day dawn that at last nobody asks us what we wanted to express in our God-given compositions: look for the fifths and leave us in peace. Of course Schumann’s parting shot about the search for parallel fifths (intervals forbidden in composition) was in jest. This was something Schumann himself never did, although he was a first-class critic. On the contrary, he showed a lively interest in any circumstances relating to his subject matter when he wrote about a composer or his works in the Neue Zeitschrift fu?r Musik. He wanted to know ‘about the composer’s school, the opinions he held in his youth, his ideals, even his activities and living conditions’.
This album features piano compositions Schumann wrote in the 1830s: the Sonata No.1 in F sharp minor, Op.11 (1833–1835); Kreisleriana, Op.16 (1838); Arabeske, Op.18 (1839); and Blumenstu?ck, Op.19 (1839). Instead of seeking  fifths we will try to picture circumstances in the composer’s life that would have influenced these pieces.

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Yury Martynov

Yury Martynov is one of those rare musicians who have equally mastered the modern piano and period keyboard instruments (harpsichord, pianoforte, clavichord and organ). At the Moscow Tchaikovsky Conservatoire he studied the piano with Mikhail Voskresensky, the organ with Alexei Parshin and chamber ensemble playing with Tigran Alikhanov. Martynov also graduated from the Conservatoire Claude Debussy in Paris and the Ecole Nationale de Musique et de Danse at Bobigny, where he was taught harpsichord and basso continuo by Ilton Wjuniski. At present associate professor at the Moscow Conservatory, he teaches in the piano department and the faculty of Historical and Modern Performing Art. Martynov has won prizes at several international competitions: the Maria Canals (Barcelon‡, 1991), Ennio Porrino (Cagliari, 1993), the Mozart Competition (Salzburg, 1999). He has participated in many prestigious festivals including Moscow’s December Evenings of Svyatoslav Richter, the York Early Music Christmas Festival in the UK, the Wu?rzburg Mozart Festival in Germany, the Vantaa Barock Festival in Finland and the Bruges Festival Musica Antiqua in Belgium. Yury Martynov performs solo and chamber programmes and plays with various orchestras in Russia and abroad. He has worked with outstanding conductors such as Saulius Sondeckis, Alexander Rudin, Dmitry Liss, Michiyoshi Inoue, and many others. In chamber ensembles Martynov has partnered the pianist Alexey Lubimov, cellists Natalia Gutman and Alexander Rudin, violinists Vladislav Igolinsky and Barnabás Kelemen, and tenor Peter Schreier.

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Schumann - Piano Works (2009)

Schumann

Yury Martynov

Digital Converters: Meitner design
Microphones: Neumann km130; DPA (B & K) 4006 ; DPA (B & K) 4011 SCHOEPS mk2S; SCHOEPS mk41
Producer: Michael Serebryanyi
Recording Engineer: Erdo Groot, Roger de Schot
Recording location: 5th Studio of The Russian Television and Radio
Recording Software: Merging
Recording Type & Bit Rate: DSD64

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Blumenstück (Op.19)
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Sonata for piano No.1 (Op.11). - Introduzione. Un poco adagio - Allegro vivace
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Sonata for piano No.1 (Op.11). - Aria
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Sonata for piano No.1 (Op.11). - Scherzo e Intermezzo. Allegrissimo - Intermezzo - Tempo I
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Sonata for piano No.1 (Op.11). - Finale. Allegro un poco maestoso
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Kreisleriana. 8 Fantasies for piano (Op.16). - Ausserst bewegt
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Kreisleriana. 8 Fantasies for piano (Op.16). - Sehr innig und nicht zu rasch
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Kreisleriana. 8 Fantasies for piano (Op.16). - Sehr aufgeregt
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Kreisleriana. 8 Fantasies for piano (Op.16). - Sehr langsam
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Kreisleriana. 8 Fantasies for piano (Op.16). - Sehr lebhaft
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Kreisleriana. 8 Fantasies for piano (Op.16). - Sehr langsam
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Kreisleriana. 8 Fantasies for piano (Op.16). - Sehr rasch
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Kreisleriana. 8 Fantasies for piano (Op.16). - Schnell und spielend
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Arabesque (Op.18)
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