June 2010 is the 200th anniversary of the birth of Schumann. Schumann wrote his Woodland Scenes in just nine days, beginning on 29th December 1848. The cycle of nine short pieces offers typically schizophrenic and ephemeral visions, in which the distinction between fantasy and reality is blurred. This unique and beautifully crafted recording links these three composers by simple woodland themes.
“Saxel's delicately nuanced playing, captured in a warm but clear sound, certainly conveys both the intimacy and longing that epitomise his chosen character pieces...in On an Overgrown Path Saxel demonstrates a sensitive understanding of the composer's idiosyncratic means of expression.”
“No other CD duplicates this programme and it's valuable to have suchj a sensitive and adroit complete account of MacDowell's rarely recorded Sketches.”
Awards Issue 2010
“[Saxel] makes a haunting claim for intimacy...to anyone who warms to introspection presented with an enviable taste and clarity this recital is outstanding. Saxel is finely recorded, his own notes reflect his intimacy with music he clearly cherishes”
“Saxel's voicing and colouration, his phrasing and genuine grasp of the best qualities of this music, raise the stature of MacDowell's inspiration by several cubits...[his] sense of characterization [in the Schumann] is excellent, creating tiny-tone-pictures which are nonetheless unified by the composer's macro-cellular construction”
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