Cédric Pescia recorded this fifth opus of Robert Schumann’s complete piano works in the middle of winter 2010, in a magical, snow-covered Berlin. The recording took place in the Siemens-Villa, in what was at the time the private concert hall of one of the members of the famous German industrials, on a New York Steinway built in 1901, whose rich sound quality is subtly and naturally suited to these fascinating pieces.
There is a gap of 20 years between the early Impromptus op.5 and the Gesange der Frühe op. 133, ultimate opus which Schumann completed just before losing his mind. And yet there is a thread – albeit thin – that links all these works, the taste for miniature, childhood nostalgia, the epic surges and constant duality of feelings.
This is Cédric Pescia’s second contribution to this unique collection of complete works, for which several musicians have been invited to share their passion and enthusiasm for the piano works of a genius who never ceased to fascinate, surprise and move us, at the very heart of our lives.