Robert Schumann, Kreisleriana & Etudes Symphoniques
"Nick van Bloss plays a dominantly poetic Schumann, with fine colours and a very clear and transparent piano sound." Pizzicato.lu
I’ve been impressed by all of Nick van Bloss’s recordings, the latest of which was a superlative Diabelli Variations. Van Bloss’s opening in Kreisleriana is emblematic of his approach throughout this programme. Brilliant technique and sublime musicianship is applied to these scores combined with an almost defiant will to avoid hamming things up and turning the music into a chocolate-box relic of a bygone age. Shaping of phrases and expression are of course both present, but there is little in the way of added and arguably artificial rubato within movements. This is a refreshingly straightforward approach which takes nothing away from an effective communication of Schumann’s voice, and indeed has a tendency to strip away that extra layer of interpretation which can at times get in the way of the piece.