Wednesday, June 9, 2010

Happy 200th Birthday, R.Schumann!

June 8th is Robert Schumann's birthday, so there were some special events in Berlin yesterday. But I had to work hard and was too tired to go out afterwards, so I stayed home and celebrated it modestly, listening to one of my favorite CDs of Schumann piano music, which is the recording of my former teacher in Paris, Mr.Bruno Rigutto.

I discovered this CD soon after I started studying with him at the Paris Conservatoire. At that time I was a teanager and had difficulty adjusting myself to the life in Paris because of the lack of my language ability and general knowledge about the life. When I listened to this CD, my heart was so profoundly touched by the emotional playing and the rich and warm sound of Mr.Rigutto that I couldn't help but cry... At the next lesson, I brought him the CD and asked for his autograph. Unexpectedly, he wrote me such a encouraging word; "Pour Kotaro, Magnifique pianiste, très Artiste!" (To Kotaro, magnificent pianist, very artist!) So, this CD has been really one of my treasures!

Bruno Riguto, Schumann, Lyrinx label
(Harmonia mundi distribution)

Schumann/ Variations sur un thème de Clara Wieck Op.14, Fantasie Op.17, Arabesque Op.18, Scène d'enfants Op.15, two transcriptions of his Lieder; Frühlingsnacht and Liebeslied (arranged by Franz Liszt).

I especially like his programming and his way of transitioning from one piece to another. It's really fantastic!
Bravo and thank you very much, Mr.Rigutto and Mr. Schumann!