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Ragna Schirmer about her project

»It is my dearest wish as a pianist to present these four intimately related and yet seldom played works to a wider audience. The thought that these “love letters” give pride of place to the intervening notes, the middle voices, gave me the idea of selecting a period instrument. In Schumann’s day the pianoforte sounded much more compact, the middle register was fuller than the treble and bass, and so the polyphony was audible across a broader spectrum. Piano builders responded to the heightened desire for virtuosity towards the end of the 19th century by progressively amplifying the high register and expanding the sound. But it is precisely the portrayal of the virtuosity of such an exponent as Clara Schumann on a historical instrument with the light-touch action of the period that has allowed me to sense even more accurately the manner in which the works should be played. I wanted to use a grand piano dating from about 1850 for this recording. And so it was a stroke of luck that I was able to find a Blüthner grand of 1856, still in its original condition. We can assume, in fact, that the Blüthner’s sonic spectrum approximates to that which Clara, Robert and Johannes will have heard.

I wish each listener the delight that I experienced when playing these works, the joy of entering into the worlds that evolved from four bars and from the love of three great musicians.«

Ragna Schirmer

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Management

ROSENTHAL musikmanagement
Landsberger Straße 1
04157 Leipzig, Germany

Tel: +49 (0)341 99 18 71 50
Fax: +49 (0)341 99 18 71 55

info@rmm-leipzig.de
www.rmm-leipzig.de


Press and Public Relations

Franziska Franke-Kern
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Tel. +49 (0)341 2 23 42 67

franke@accolade-pr.de
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Berlin Classics

PR-Management Maria Nowotnick
Rosa-Luxemburg-Straße 14
10178 Berlin, Germany

maria.nowotnick@edel.com
www.edelclassics.com

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Pressphotos | Generally

Ragna Schirmer – Pressebild 1© Robert Dämmig 2012
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Ragna Schirmer – Pressebild 2© Robert Dämmig 2012
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Ragna Schirmer – Pressebild 3© Robert Dämmig 2012
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Pressefotos | Projekt “Liebe in Variationen”

Liebe in Variationen | Ragna Schirmer© Robert Dämmig 2015
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Liebe in Variationen | Ragna Schirmer© Robert Dämmig 2015
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Liebe in Variationen | Ragna Schirmer© Robert Dämmig 2015
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Liebe in Variationen | Ragna Schirmer© Burkhard Scheibe 2015
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Liebe in Variationen | Ragna Schirmer© Burkhard Scheibe 2015
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Liebe in Variationen | Ragna Schirmer© Robert Dämmig 2015
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Pressphotos | Project Händel Concertos

Ragna Schirmer – Händel Concertos | FortepianoPressphoto for Händel Concertos | Fortepiano
© Robert Dämmig 2013
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Händel Concertos | Grand PianoPressphoto for Händel Concertos | Grand Piano
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Händel Concertos | HammondPressphoto for Händel Concertos | Hammond
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Händel ConcertosPressphoto for Händel Concertos
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Vita

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ROSENTHAL musikmanagement
Landsberger Straße 1
04157 Leipzig, Germany

Tel: +49 (0)341 910 22 44
Fax: +49 (0)341 910 22 45

info@rmm-leipzig.de
www.rmm-leipzig.de

Photos:
© Robert Dämmig www.robert-daemmig.de

Concept, Graphic, Design & Production | Programming | Coding:
Riccardo Flemming | www.riccardo-flemming.de


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