David Theodor Schmidt plays Schubert/Liszt and Schumannand Schubert
With his second Bechstein CD entitled Wohin?, David Theodor Schmidt sets off on a romantic journey. The young pianist recorded it in May 2011 in Berlin-Dahlem’s Jesus-Christus-Kirche – the church Herbert von Karajan frequently chose for his recordings – using a warmly, colourfully tuned C. Bechstein D 282 concert grand. The new CD includes five of Liszt’s transcriptions of Schubert songs: Wohin?, Der Lindenbaum, Ständchen, Der Müller und der Bach and Der Wanderer. Through its singing quality, expressive power and musical characterisation, this recording by Schmidt enthrals across the board.
Schmidt also succeeds in rendering the emotional complexity of Kreisleriana, Op. 16 – a composition in eight movements by Robert Schumann. From gentle poetry to stormy rolls, the pianist conveys the mood changes of “Kapellmeister Johannes Kreisler” splendidly.
The recording owes its transparent, warm tonality to sound engineer Holger Siedler. The CD appeared on the label Profil – Edition Günter Hänssler (PH11018).