Paolo Giacometti: “I am continually surprised how blessed we pianists are in our enormous repertoire. When the idea of recording the Dvorák concerto first came up, it was a great surprise to me that he had composed such a huge piece with such monumental proportions, and it was especially interesting to enter into his musical world, which I had only explored up until now by way of the chamber music. In the case of Schumann, of course, it was entirely different. As a pianist embarking on this composition, you cannot avoid a feeling of great responsibility, because you are traveling a road that so many others have traveled before you. Indeed, it was a great privilege to be allowed to under take this project, and to discover how all of my excitement began to give way, more and more, to the pleasure of devoting myself to such wonderful music. My pleasure was even greater because both of these works are so clearly the creations of a still-youthful romanticism, a romanticism without a trace of decadence, full of hope, strength, and moving sincerity.”Download booklet
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