Schumann: Piano Works, Vol. 1 - van Poucke
Classical - Instrumental
Schumann: Carnaval, Fantasiestücke, Arabeske
Nicholas van Poucke (piano)
After two highly successful solo albums, pianist Nicolas van Poucke set to record a collection of his favorite works by Robert Schumann (1810-1856). The Schumann Collection, Vol. 1 is the first album in that series, and features Carnaval, Op. 9, Fantasiestücke, Op. 12, and as icing on the cake, Arabeske, Op. 18.
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Review by Adrian Quanjer - March 14, 2021
Is it fair to say that the best recordings are made by people who love music and want to do it the way they would like to have it for themselves? TRPTK’s quality statement: “No costs or efforts are spared to seize that magical moment in which music is being created, and bring it home to you in the highest quality”, is not just a PR matter. It is real. Listen to this new release by Dutch Wonder Pianist, Nicolas Van Poucke. He is more than a great pianist. He is a natural talent able to enthral an audience.
There are many great pianists and numerous are their recordings of Schumann’s piano legacy. But however good they are, few are able to captivate an audience to the point where one loses any sense of place and time. Just the music. This is what happened to me. I had never heard of Nicolas before, but once hooked I couldn’t stop listening. He opens, as it were, the door to the enchanting world of Schumann, taking the listener by the hand to discover parts you didn’t think existed. How? I believe it has all to do with his ability to phrasing, colouring, and shading the score to allow the listener to ‘see’ what must have moved the creative spirit of Robert Schumann. It is not just about technique, it is the undefinable and undeniable gift of a true artist to translate the programmes attached to Carnaval and Fantasiestücke into an intelligible vision for the listener.
With a very personal account of Arabesque van Poecke concludes his recital, saying in the liner notes: “If you … don’t want to end up being the one out of many, you really need to add something to it”. To which I say: “Perfectionism is one thing, natural talent adds another”. Never afraid of doing the unexpected, keeping the listener on edge, that is how Nicolas van Poucke distinguishes himself from the crowd in this first volume of “The Schumann Collection”. I cannot wait for the rest to follow.
Blangy-le-Château, Normandy, France
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