MIC’s Listen to Norway series continues with Sigurd Slåttebrekk’s 'Robert Schumann - Carnaval - Kreisleriana - Arabeske'.
The three works on this release are paradigms of Schumanns’s youthful, original approach to the idea of musico-literary inspiration – music that finds it own forms as it seeks to reflect states of mind. On this disc, acclaimed Norwegian pianist Sigurd Slåttebrekk returns to the recorded format, showcasing his close bond to the special Schumannesque poetry. Schumann’s idiosyncratic vein of fantasy is brought to the fore by Slåttebrekk’s renditions that treat the compositions with suave and refined technique. What shines through is Slåttebrekk’s genuine love for every available moment. In his hands nothing is ever taken for granted, nor is anything ever wasted in favour of superficial pianistic banter. Slåttebrekk’s eloquent phrasing ravishes the ear, leaving us with a picture of a performer that identifies with this music completely.