Clara Wieck: Improvised prelude to "Andantino", from Sonata en F minor by Robert Schumann, and Robert Schumann: "Quasi variazioni: Andantino di Clara Wieck", from Sonata No. 3 en F minor Op. 148:15JANUARY 22, 2014
Clara Wiek stood out in improvisation, which was common practice in nineteenth-century recitals. Éric Le Sage reflects this custom, performing the second movement of Robert Schumann’s Piano Sonata No. 3 preceded by the improvisation (transcribed around the end of his life) Clara usually played before it. Although Robert believed Clara had created the sonata’s theme (as the title of the movement suggests), it is actually present in some of his earlier works.
Clara Wieck's improvised prèludes and Robert Schumann's Fantasiestücke Op. 12 (selection)JANUARY 22, 2014
Of all the movements making up Robert Schumann’s Fantasiestücke Op. 12, Clara was especially fond of “Des Abends” and “Aufschwung”. Here, Éric Le Sage performs these two movements, preceded by the two preludes Clara Wieck used to improvise during her recitals, thus reconstructing the performance practice of the period.