Dichterliebe Kristjan Randalu

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Label: Berlin Classics

Genre: Classical

Subgenre: Instrumental

Artist: Kristjan Randalu

Composer: Robert Schumann (1810-1856)

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  • Robert Schumann (1810 - 1856): Im wunderschönen Monat Mai:
  • 1Schumann: Im wunderschönen Monat Mai03:23
  • Robert Schumann, Kristjan Randalu (b. 1978): Aus meinen Tränen sprießen:
  • 2Schumann, Randalu: Aus meinen Tränen sprießen00:55
  • Robert Schumann: Die Rose, die Lilie, die Taube, die Sonne:
  • 3Schumann: Die Rose, die Lilie, die Taube, die Sonne03:28
  • Wenn ich in deine Augen seh':
  • 4Schumann: Wenn ich in deine Augen seh'01:24
  • Ich will meine Seele tauchen:
  • 5Schumann: Ich will meine Seele tauchen04:50
  • Im Rhein, im heiligen Strome:
  • 6Schumann: Im Rhein, im heiligen Strome04:11
  • Ich grolle nicht:
  • 7Schumann: Ich grolle nicht04:45
  • Und wüssten's die Blumen:
  • 8Schumann: Und wüssten's die Blumen03:58
  • Das ist ein Flöten und Geigen:
  • 9Schumann: Das ist ein Flöten und Geigen03:39
  • Robert Schumann, Kristjan Randalu: Hör' ich das Liedchen klingen:
  • 10Schumann, Randalu: Hör' ich das Liedchen klingen06:35
  • Robert Schumann: Ein Jüngling liebt ein Mädchen:
  • 11Schumann: Ein Jüngling liebt ein Mädchen04:37
  • Am leuchtenden Sommermorgen:
  • 12Schumann: Am leuchtenden Sommermorgen04:18
  • Ich hab' im Traum geweinet:
  • 13Schumann: Ich hab' im Traum geweinet03:18
  • Allnächtlich im Träume:
  • 14Schumann: Allnächtlich im Traume03:16
  • Aus alten Märchen:
  • 15Schumann: Aus alten Märchen03:13
  • Die alten bösen Lieder:
  • 16Schumann: Die alten bösen Lieder05:27
  • Total Runtime01:01:17

Info for Dichterliebe

The album "Schumann: Dichterliebe" by Kristjan Randalu is a captivating collection of Robert Schumann's renowned song cycle, performed with exquisite artistry and emotion. Released by Berlin Classics, this recording showcases Randalu's exceptional piano skills and his deep understanding of Schumann's music.

Randalu's interpretation of "Dichterliebe" is nothing short of mesmerizing. His delicate touch on the piano brings out the nuances and subtleties of each song, creating a rich tapestry of sound that beautifully complements the poetic lyrics. The emotional depth he brings to each piece allows the listener to fully immerse themselves in the passionate world of Schumann's music.

Throughout the album, Randalu demonstrates his technical prowess and musical sensitivity. His phrasing is impeccable, effortlessly capturing the ebb and flow of Schumann's melodies. The dynamic range he achieves adds another layer of expressiveness to the songs, from tender whispers to powerful climaxes.

Accompanied by Randalu's masterful piano playing, the tenor vocals are equally impressive. The singer's voice resonates with warmth and clarity, perfectly conveying the emotions embedded within each lyric. The seamless collaboration between piano and voice creates a harmonious dialogue that enhances the overall listening experience.

Recorded with pristine audio quality, this album allows every nuance to be heard with clarity and precision. The attention to detail in both performance and production ensures that every note shines through, enveloping the listener in a world of beauty and emotion.

For fans of Robert Schumann or those seeking an introduction to his music, "Schumann: Dichterliebe" by Kristjan Randalu is an essential addition to any classical music collection. With its captivating performances and impeccable production quality, this album offers a truly immersive and unforgettable musical experience.

Kristjan Randalu, piano

Kristjan Randalu
belongs to the most sought-after piano players of his generation, carrying the torch in both the improvised world of jazz and the traditional realm of classical music – Herbie Hancock, the piano master himself, considering him “a dazzling piano player”. Between creating his own original blend of contemporary jazz as a leader and collaborating with several generations of respected musicians, from the likes of fellow ECM recording artist Trygve Seim to saxophonist David Liebman, Randalu has brought his music to some of the world’s most renowned jazz festivals and concert halls. At the same time, he is viewed as an esteemed interpreter of a broad spectrum of contemporary and classical music, performing alongside internationally acclaimed orchestras and conductors.

Born in Estonia’s capital Tallinn to pianist parents in 1978, Randalu and his family soon moved to Germany where he began studying piano in Karlsruhe and Cologne before graduating from the Stuttgart Music University with a Master’s degree. His studies would later bring him to the Royal Academy of Music in London as well as the Manhattan School of Music, exposing him to respected teachers such as John Taylor, Django Bates and Kenny Barron, among many others.

Over the years, Randalu has performed with countless top tier musicians and collaborated with modern day vanguards in jazz and beyond, from oudist Dhafer Youssef, drum virtuoso Ari Hoenig and trumpeter Nils-Petter Molvær to the likes of Nguyên Lê, Christian McBride and Gilad Hekselman, to name but a few in a long list of household names. His 2018 recording Absence (featuring guitar marvel Ben Monder and drummer Markku Ounaskari) represents Randalu’s leader debut for the famed ECM label and was met with great acclaim – Jazzwise magazine praising the “meteorological moodiness” of the music on the album for being “at once passionate and studied”, while DownBeat magazine goes as far as calling him “a pillar of stability” and “clearly capable of breathtaking displays of technique and showmanship”.

Mussorgsky Pictures Revisited (2020 BMC Records) saw him recasting Russian composer Modest Mussorgsky’s model example of program music with saxophone legend David Liebman – clearly revealing Randalu’s deep ties to classical music in a virtuoso display that gained him mention in The New York City Jazz Record’s “Best of 2020” list. 

His recent outing Sisu (Whirlwind Recordings) marks Randalu's debut as a big band composer and arranger. In 2023 it won Jazz Album of the Year at the Estonian Music Awards.

As a composer, Randalu refers to Erkki-Sven Tüür and Tõnu Kõrvits being among his mentors, which accounts for his discerning approach to form and harmonic structure. Precise delivery and expressive playing are among his many virtues and in-demand qualities in classical settings, too – having brought him to celebrity conductors like Kristjan Järvi and Dennis Russell Davies on the one hand and esteemed ensembles of the stature of the London Symphony Orchestra and the Tallinn Chamber Orchestra on the other.

With a discography of over 50 albums under his belt (including a Grammy-nominated recording) and numerous awards to his name (including “Jazz Artist of the Year” and “Jazz Composer of the year” in Estonia), Randalu’s prolific oeuvre continues to grow in breadth and quality as his unique voice is becoming internationally more and more important.

This album contains no booklet.

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