C. Schumann: Piano Music / Yoshiko Iwai

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Clara Schumann's life reads like a romantic novel. Bred to the life of a piano prodigy, Clara Wieck was a teenager on the brink of a major career when she fell in love with the great composer and pianist Robert Schumann. Her father vehemently opposed the liaison, and they eventually petitioned the courts in order to marry. She maintained some semblance of a career over the next 14 years, during which she gave birth to eight children and cared for her emotionally unstable, suicidal husband who finally died in an asylum after suffering a complete breakdown.
With great resolution, Clara Schumann continued performing and supported her family while serving as guardian of her husband's legacy. Understandably, most of her few compositions are early efforts, and they sound like the work of a talented student influenced by Robert Schumann.
One of the most outstanding is the touching set of variations on a Schumann theme she gave her husband as a birthday gift shortly before his collapse. Pianist Yoshiko Iwai presents a powerful argument for the variations and is evocative in the shorter pieces, all well recorded by Naxos.

Product Description:

  • Catalog Number: 8553501

  • UPC: 730099450126

  • Label: Naxos

  • Composer: Clara Wieck Schumann

  • Performer: Yoshiko Iwai