Schumann's psychological complexity is revealed by Florian Uhlig on the highest intellectual and musical level.
Since 2010, which marked the 200th anniversary of the composer's birth) numerous high profile recordings of Schumann's music have appeared in Germany. The London-born Düsseldorf-based pianist
Florian Uhlig is proving to be one of the hardest working: Since 2010, he has, organized thematically, piece by piece, a complete recording of the solo piano works of Schumann. "Davidsbündler against the Philistines" is the eighth installment in this now universally acclaimed recording series. The album presents Uhlig performing (as the title suggests) the "Davidsbündlertänze" op.6 in opposition to the "Philistines" as carachitured in the "Carnaval" Op. 9.
Uhlig's piano playing proves to be even more purposeful: the character studies of Karnevalsmaskerade leap to life. Even more subtle and complex are the results he achieves even in the Davidsbündlertänze. Thanks to Uhlig's sensitive differentiations we learn that Schumann was a very close observer of his environment. In addition, both cycles present Schumann's uncanny ability to achieve the maximum effect with minimal resources, instilling each peice with a highly musical form.
Whoever wants to know the psychological complexity of Schumann's music need look no further than Florian Uhlig's intellectually and aesthetically satisfying interpretations. - Salvatore Pichireddu | March 26, 2015