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Deep-rooted conviction

MusicWeb International, Rob Barnett

Many composers in contented harness to grand masters of the past actually studied with those masters or were their contemporaries. Jean Louis Nicodé’s position is quite different. In his case, it is Schumann’s world that reaches out across the generations. Nicodé, as a virtual pupil of Schumann, was a composer born in Prussia…

Memories (Andenken) of Robert Schumann reaches out across the years and clearly gripped Nicodé. When Schumann died in 1856 Nicodé was only three years of age. Yet he, pretty faithfully, ‘channels’ Schumann on a no holds barred basis…

The booklet notes cite other composers for style parallels in the case of the miniatures forming Op. 22. This rejoices in the wonderful title Ein Liebesleben. While the other two works have a substantial freight of grand turbulent gestures the ten little statements that make up Op. 22 are more confiding and intimate…

Simon Callaghan is a practised hand and mind in presenting with deep-rooted conviction such little known music.

Evidence can be found in his work, via Hyperion and Somm, on behalf of Rheinberger, Roger Sacheverell Coke Piano Concertos and Preludes and Delius transcriptions.

The engineering and production values by Ben Connellan and Jeremy Hayes present the music to excellent advantage, as does the essential liner-essay by Jeremy Nicholas. We and Hyperion can trust these figures and the unstinting playing time assures us of generosity as well…

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04/08/2020