Romance: The Piano Music of Clara Schumann (CD)

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Isata Kanneh-Mason

Rising pianist Isata Kanneh-Mason illuminates the world of her musical heroine, Clara Schumann.

Big sister to superstar cellist Sheku Kanneh-Mason, 22-year-old Isata is a postgraduate student at The Royal Academy of Music, where 4 of the Kanneh-Mason siblings are currently studying! As an undergraduate, she held the prestigious Elton John Scholarship, performing with Sir Elton John in Los Angeles in 2013. Isata reached the final of the Piano Category in the 2014 BBC Young Musician competition, and has gone on to develop a substantial live career a solo artist, with concerto appearances, recitals and chamber concerts throughout the UK and internationally. When not performing in her own right, Isata makes up a third of The Kanneh-Mason Piano Trio with her brothers Sheku and Braimah.

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Gramophone Magazine

"It ranks among the most charming engaging debuts I can recall…She brings weight and emotional heft to this uneven work [the Concerto] that are entirely convincing, and is well matched in the exuberant finale by Holly Mathieson and the RLPO…but it is the performances of the two song transcriptions that show what a gifted musician Kanneh-Mason is."

The Guardian

"Kanneh-Mason’s boldly assertive playing makes an excellent case for all of this music, in which the influence of Robert Schumann seems much less significant in the piano writing than that of Chopin particularly"

The Observer

"Kanneh-Mason brings real verve and excitement to both opening allegro and the romping finale [of the Concerto]...Her innate sense of shape and line are apparent again in the Piano Sonata in G minor...Kanneh-Mason invests its singing opening with an almost reverential delicacy, interrupted with restless bursts of youthful energy."

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Schumann, Clara:

  • Piano Concerto in A minor, Op. 7
    Isata Kanneh-Mason (piano), Jonathan Aasgaard (cello)
    Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra, Holly Mathieson
  • Romances (3), Op. 11
  • Deuxieme Scherzo, Op. 14
  • Romances (3), Op. 22
  • Piano Sonata in G minor

Schumann, Robert: (arr. Clara Schumann)

  • Myrthen, Op. 25 'Widmung' (Arr. Clara Schumann)
  • Liederkreis, Op. 39 'Mondnacht' (Arr. Clara Schumann)