Alicja Fiderkiewicz Celebrity Recital: Schumann
For several years, Polish pianist Alicja Fiderkiewicz has given the Celebrity Recital at the International Summer School and Festival for Pianists in Manchester, England. Three of the concerts were recorded and given limited circulation by Dunelm Records and have now been made more widely available for Alicja’s rapidly growing fan base and by public demand.
This recording of works by Schumann is from the Celebrity Recital given in 2007 and remastered 2014.
- Humoreske in B flat major, Opl 20 (26:06)
- Romance in F sharp major, Op. 28 No. 2 (3:26)
- I. Piano Sonata No. 1 in F sharp minor, Op. 1 – I. Introduzione – Allegro vivace (9:24)
- II. Piano Sonata No. 1 in F sharp minor, Op. 1 – II. Aria (3:08)
- III. Piano Sonata No. 1 in F sharp minor, Op. 1 – III. Scherzo e intermezzo (4:54)
- IV. Piano Sonata No. 1 in F sharp minor, Op. 1 – IV. Finale (10:58)
Throughout the recital Fiderkiewicz maintains a lovely tonal sheen, a fine rhythmic clarity, while always differentiating well between the opposing characters of Eusebius and Florestan. This is Romantically-inclined playing. Recorded in excellent sound, Fiderkiewicz is the type of artist who proves that one’s interpretations do not have to be eccentric to be great; rather, she takes the route of eloquence, of subtlety, of a healthy personal connection to and reflection of this music. And it pays off in spades. These are performances to be lived with and cherished.” —Scott Noriega
It’s nigh on impossible to tell it’s live — she plays superbly and the recording is excellent. Technically difficult but Fiderkiewicz pulls it off with aplomb … she has a lightness of touch and simplicity of approach that make this a very easy listen.” —Jeremy Condliffe
Schumann’s example [of a Humoreske ] is a major work by any account. Fiderkiewicz gives an excellent performance of this work, which, because of its fragmentary and cyclic nature, means it can become a bit difficult for the listener to follow. Her playing tends to the wistful rather than cheery. A good investment for all piano music enthusiasts.” —John France