R. Schumann: Piano Works Alessandro Deljavan
- Robert Schumann (1810 - 1856):
- 1Abegg Variations, Op. 107:49
- 2Papillons, Op. 215:50
- Fantasy in C Major, Op. 17:
- 3Fantasy in C Major, Op. 17: I. Durchaus phantastisch und leidenschaftlich vorzutragen14:41
- 4Fantasy in C Major, Op. 17: II. Mässig07:50
- 5Fantasy in C Major, Op. 17: III. Langsam getragen12:10
- Gesänge der Frühe, Op. 133:
- 6Gesänge der Frühe, Op. 133: No. 1, Im ruhigen Tempo03:09
- 7Gesänge der Frühe, Op. 133: No. 2, Belebt, nicht zu rasch01:53
- 8Gesänge der Frühe, Op. 133: No. 3, Lebhaft02:42
- 9Gesänge der Frühe, Op. 133: No. 4, Bewegt03:18
- 10Gesänge der Frühe, Op. 133: No. 5, Im Anfange ruhiges, im Verlauf bewegtes Tempo04:32
Info for R. Schumann: Piano Works
Alessandro Deljavan, the charismatic Italian pianist whose playing created a sensation at the 2013 Cliburn International Piano Competition, has produced his much-anticipated album of Robert Schumann works.
I have had the privilege of hearing an advance copy of this selection, which spans Schumann’s tortured life from his earliest to his latest solo piano compositions.
Deljavan’s keyboard control leaves the listener marvelously afloat as he executes virtuoso passages with apparent ease, then pauses in silence between his well-shaped phrases.
Of all the pleasures on this album, the Fantasia in C Minor, Op. 17, stands out among ten tracks. Schumann himself called the first movement the “most impassioned” he ever wrote. Deljavan is confident in his execution and true to Schumann’s view. The second movement puts the pianist through many hoops, the most challenging of which are the leaps in the coda. A pianist friend who heard this album with me pronounced the climax as “one of the most incredible demonstrations of piano technique on album”.
The dream-like third movement has been called one of the most beautiful meditations in music, a fitting description considering the quote from German poet Friedrich von Schlegel that Schuman added to the score: “Through all the varied sounds that fill the world’s many-colored dreams, one whispered tone may be faintly heard by those who listen in secret.” Again, Deljavan rises to the occasion.
The album leads off with the early Variations on the Name Abegg, Op. 1, whose four movements invite Deljavan to exercise a tasteful combination of cantabile lyricism, and a rubato so sensitive as to seem from another era of pianism.
Also on the album is the 12-part Papillons, Op. 2, which Schumann completed the year after the Abegg Variations. The brief and charming dance movements trail off at the end as the dancers fade away.
The heart-rending Gesänge der Frühe (Songs of Dawn) was Schumann’s final piano work, composed while already in serious mental decline. With great effort, he held his illness at bay sufficiently to complete the five movements but was institutionalized just four months later. Deljavan shines particularly in the second movement in D Major, a contrapuntal piece in which no voice is lost. In the fourth movement, Deljavan brings his song-like touch to the melodic theme.
Deljavan has conquered this difficult repertoire in part by his own extraordinary technique but mainly by diligent research. Contrary to many young pianists, he seeks the true meaning of a score, in this case spending days and weeks unearthing all available editions, including the autograph text of these Schumann gems. (Michael Johnson)
Alessandro Deljavan, piano
graduated in 2003 from the Conservatorio Statale di Musica Giuseppe Verdi, Milan, under the guidance of Riccardo Risaliti. From 2003-2005, he studied with E. Belli at the Conservatorio Statale di Musica G. B. Pergolesi, Fermo. He also earned his post-graduate degree at the Music University “G. Braga” in Teramo in 2007.
Throughout the 1990s, while still a youngster, Deljavan played in every major city in Italy and in a number of cities around the world. He competed in numerous national and international competitions, often capturing first prize, including top honors at the 1996 Concours musical de France in Paris. In 2005, he won second prize at the 'Johann Nepomuk Hummel International Competition' in Bratislava and took the 5th prize at the 'Gina Bachauer' Junior Artists Competition in Salt Lake City (the first Italian in the history of the competition).
At the age of 22, Deljavan won the 'John Giordano Jury Discretionary Award' at the Van Cliburn International Piano Competition and was confirmed by the critics as: 'The most accomplished and charismatic musicians of his generation'.
Deljavan is among the select young artists attending the International Piano Academy at Lake Como, Italy, under the tutelage of the academy’s art director, William Grant Nabore.
He is collaborating with us with a lot recordings (Schubert, Satie, Brahms, Rubinstein, Alkan). He recently took part on the recording of the Cramer's etudes produced by OnClassical for the Naxos label.