This edition celebrates and marks the 50th anniversary (December 6, 1960) of the death of the great Romanian-born pianist.
These 12 CDs contain the complete Philips recordings of the great pianist Clara Haskil from 1951 to 1960.
Clara Schumann's presence in the history of European music has become firmly fixed in recent years: the many new biographies, editions, recordings and performances of her compositions testimony to her significance and influence. Her songs, not as well known as her works for piano, are among the treasures of her creative work and can take their place with the best of the German Lieder repertoire.
BIS engineers have produced a very naturalistic recording of piano and singer in the former Academy of Music hall in Stockholm. However, the large hall is very obviously empty, from its notable resonance, tending to reduce the perceived image of the players somewhat. These songs were meant for drawing rooms and salons, not large reverberant auditoriums, and personally, I felt that the essential intimacy of a lieder recital was somewhat lacking, and the 5.0 multichannel version rather emphasised this. The resonance does contribute to blurring the singer's diction and also tends to cloud some of the rapid piano figuration. These are minor points, and can be partly overcome by raising the playing volume level.
The first comprehensive edition containing the entire of Clara Haskil's recordings for the Decca, Philips, Deutsche Grammophon and Westminster labels. The 17-CD set is released to mark the 50th anniversary (6 December 1960) of the death of the great Romanian-born pianist. The accompanying booklet also includes an infrormative article on Haskil "A prodigy of nature" by piano specialist Jeremy Siepmann.