Robert Schumann: Carnaval, Op. 9
Little Scenes on Four Notes
Written between 1834-1835 as a work for piano solo, Carnaval is a musical imagining of Liszt's friends as masked merrymakers at a carnival. The work weaves elegantly through festive playfulness and lighthearted and gay reprieves. Believing his piano solos to be too complex for the general public, Liszt rarely performed them. It was only after his death in 1886 that the works gained notoriety and, today, Carnaval stands out as one of Liszt’s most popular works.
- Philippe BianconiPerformer