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New CD Release: Florian Uhlig: “Schumann and the Counterpoint“ – 31 March 2014

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Schumann felt it was “something natural” that almost every single motif shaping in his unresting exuberant mind provided “the potential for manifold contrapuntal combinations”. On this double album, forming part of his complete recording, Florian Uhlig traces this almost ‘organic’ polyphony in Schumann’s works. What is more, he takes on a task which comes up to the limits of playing technique – to capture the sound possibilities of the pedal piano on a modern grand with just one keyboard: Uhlig presents as a premiere recording the Studies and Sketches for Pedal Piano op.56 & op.58 in his own arrangement for two hands.

Polyphony is an aspect that interweaves Schumann’s complete oeuvre – even if the vast majority of works may not

indicate so directly by title. Like no other compositional means polyphony provided him with an opportunity to enhance musical expression to its fullest. Through the density of the textures the intensity of musical ideas and emotions becomes tangible. Schumann opened up a wholly new playground for contrapuntal experiments through the pedal piano, an instrumental hybrid, i.e., a piano fitted with a pedal mechanism like that on an organ. With the Studies op.56 and the Sketches op.58 he composed works that demand from the pianist an incredible virtuosity. With a shrewd fingering technique, wide stretches, well-considered pedalling and technical superiority Florian Uhlig presents Schumann’s complex musical text as accurately as possible on the modern grand piano: “One must play this as if one had three hands.”

2010, the Robert Schumann bicentenary year, marked the beginning of Florian Uhlig’s complete recording of Schumann’s piano solo works. With thematically organized recordings he unveils a broad panorama of the composer’s spiritual world in a very sensual way. Internationally sought-after as a soloist and chamber music partner, Florian Uhlig has performed, amongst others, with the BBC Symphony Orchestra, Beijing Symphony Orchestra, German Radio Philharmonic and the Simón Bolívar Youth Orchestra. He has been Artistic Director of the Johannesburg International Mozart Festival in South Africa since 2008.

Robert Schumann (1810 –1856)
Fugues and canons, study pieces
Four piano pieces op.32
Prelude and Fugato in B flat Minor op.99 Nr.10*

Studies for the pedal piano op.56, arranged for solo piano*
Canon in D Major op.124 Nr.20
Sketches for the pedal piano op.58, arranged for solo piano*
Four Fugues op.72
Seven piano pieces in fughetta form op.126

* Premiere Recording

Florian Uhlig, piano

hänssler CLASSIC, CD 98.032
2 Discs

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