“Schoenberg: Complete Piano Works”
Kleine Klavierstücke (6), Op. 19 (Little Pieces),
Klavierstücke (5), Op. 23,
Suite for Piano, Op. 25,
Klavierstücke (3), Op. 11 (3 Piano Pieces),
Klavierstück, Op. 33b,
Klavierstück, Op. 33a.
Pina Napolitano (Piano).
Italian pianist Pina Napolitano performs Schoenberg’s complete piano works, in a rendition that, fully realizing the scores in all their complexity, animates the music and makes it dance, and “conveys its real quality as music – rather than as an object of academic study” (Guy Rickards).
“A romanticism so exasperated that the usual musical indications of expressivity cannot convey it; each note is signed, tormentingly and assiduously, with indications that do nothing but speak to the insufficiency of language and of writing – of every language and every writing, even of the most absolute, the musical language – to express the idea and the thought, the sensation and the still indistinct feeling. Such a concentrated and dolorous romanticism, so essential, that it takes your breath away, a romanticism of the mind and of the heart, in which to feel and to think are not distinct.”