Bernd F. Marseille

Schumann: Davidsbündlertänze, Op. 6; Waldsenen, Op. 82

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Lovely performances of quintessentially Romantic works, German pianist Bernd F. Marseille's recordings of Schumann's Davidsbündlehretänze and Waldszenen are among the most charming and enchanting of recent years. Known only from a handful of previous recordings of Mozart, Schubert, and Mendelssohn, Marseille proves himself adept at Schumann as well. He captures Schumann's dreamy and tender side and his passionate and tempestuous side equally persuasively. Better yet, he has the technique and the heart to play Schumann, to surmount his most difficult passages, and to probe his most intimate pages. Whatever strangely compelling imaginative world Schumann's music lives in, Marseille breathes the same ethereal air. While there have been great recordings of these works in the past -- one thinks of Michelangeli in the Davidsbündlehretänze and Richter in the Waldszenen -- Marseille's recording is an honorable and convincing entry in a distinguished discography. Cybele's sound is warm but a bit withdrawn and reserved.

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