Nicolas van Poucke

The Schumann Collection, Vol. 2

In 2020 I was approached by TRPTK to record an album. Due to the lockdown resulting from the COVID-19 pandemic, the world looked very different and live music performances had come to a halt. The idea of using the time in lockdown well, by recording an album while waiting to get back on stage as soon as the circumstances allowed, sounded great.

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About the album

In 2020 I was approached by TRPTK to record an album. Due to the lockdown resulting from the COVID-19 pandemic, the world looked very different and live music performances had come to a halt. The idea of using the time in lockdown well, by recording an album while waiting to get back on stage as soon as the circumstances allowed, sounded great.

I chose to record three pieces of Robert Schumann which were already in my repertoire. At the end of the recording period the TRPTK team suggested we call the album “The Schumann Collection Volume l”, implying there would be more to come; I agreed happily.

In the process of preparing for the recording I fully immersed myself in Schumann’s musical universe and my obsession with this music took off. The agreement with TRPTK inspired me to continue my Schumann journey and resulted in this album containing pieces from both Schumann’s early and late period.

Tracklist click to play/pause

  • Robert Schumann

    Gesänge der Frühe, Op. 133

    1. I. Im ruhigen Tempo
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    2. II. Belebt, nicht zu rasch
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    3. III. Lebhaft
      3:20 Play button Pause button 3:20
    4. IV. Bewegt
      3:19 Play button Pause button 3:19
    5. V. Im Anfange ruhiges, im Verlauf bewegtes Tempo
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  • Robert Schumann

    Kreisleriana, Op. 16

    1. I. Äußerst bewegt
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    2. II. Sehr innig und nicht zu rasch
      11:26 Play button Pause button 11:26
    3. III. Sehr aufgeregt
      5:30 Play button Pause button 5:30
    4. IV. Sehr langsam
      4:10 Play button Pause button 4:10
    5. V. Sehr lebhaft
      4:06 Play button Pause button 4:06
    6. VI. Sehr langsam
      4:51 Play button Pause button 4:51
    7. VII. Sehr rasch
      2:27 Play button Pause button 2:27
    8. VIII. Schnell und spielend
      4:20 Play button Pause button 4:20
  • Robert Schumann

    Davidsbündlertänze, Op. 6

    1. I. Lebhaft
      1:48 Play button Pause button 1:48
    2. II. Innig
      1:47 Play button Pause button 1:47
    3. III. Etwas hahnbüchen
      1:36 Play button Pause button 1:36
    4. IV. Ungeduldig
      0:57 Play button Pause button 0:57
    5. V. Einfach
      2:44 Play button Pause button 2:44
    6. VI. Sehr rasch und in sich hinein
      2:01 Play button Pause button 2:01
    7. VII. Nicht schnell mit äußerst starker Empfindung
      4:56 Play button Pause button 4:56
    8. VIII. Frisch
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    9. IX. Lebhaft
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    10. X. Balladenmäßig sehr rasch
      1:58 Play button Pause button 1:58
    11. XI. Einfach
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    12. XII. Mit Humor
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    13. XIII. Wild und lustig
      3:50 Play button Pause button 3:50
    14. XIV. Zart und singend
      3:03 Play button Pause button 3:03
    15. XV. Frisch
      2:26 Play button Pause button 2:26
    16. XVI. Mit gutem Humor
      2:01 Play button Pause button 2:01
    17. XVII. Wie aus der Ferne
      5:14 Play button Pause button 5:14
    18. XVIII. Nicht schnell
      2:56 Play button Pause button 2:56
  • Robert Schumann

    Geistervariationen, WoO 24

    1. Theme - Leise, innig
      1:53 Play button Pause button 1:53
    2. Variation I
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    3. Variation II. Canonisch
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    4. Variation III. Etwas belebter
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    5. Variation IV
      2:14 Play button Pause button 2:14
    6. Variation V
      3:47 Play button Pause button 3:47

More information

Label TRPTK
Genre(s) Classical – Romantic (1830-1920)
Artist(s) Nicolas van Poucke
Composer(s) Schumann, Robert
Recording location(s) Muziekcentrum van de Omroep - Studio 1, Hilversum (NL)
Recording date(s) October 2022
Cat. No.

TTK 0107

Release date

October 6th, 2023

Additional links

Download Booklet(PDF)

Tech specs

Microphones

Josephson C617 w/ Gefell MK221 capsules (main)
Josephson C42 (height)

Microphone preamps

Grace Design m801mk2

AD/DA conversion

Merging Technologies Hapi
Merging Technologies Anubis
Grimm Audio CC2

Recording resolution

DSD 11.2MHz 1bit

Mastering resolution

DSD 11.2MHz 1bit

Monitoring (recording)

KEF LS50
Mysphere 3.2

Monitoring (mastering)

KEF Blade Two
KEF LS50 Meta
Hegel H30
Hegel C55

Cabling

Purecable Optimus Link Microphone Cables
Purecable Optimus Power
Purecable Prime DIG75 Wordclock Cable

"Van Poucke makes it a real gem, with the theme under his hands truly 'Leise, innig', the shades of shadow nevertheless beautiful in color, with as an absolute highlight the third variation ('Etwas belebter') with that fabulous, so strongly contrasting interplay between left and right hand."

Aart van der Wal, Opus Klassiek

"His careful and well-considered approach to Schumann’s five ‘Gesänge der Frühe’ is a clear and most imposing example of van Poucke’s understanding and empathy for a composer whose feelings in this late work hover between poetry and Introspection. It sets a tone that resonates in the rest of the programme, making this release, like the previous one, irreplaceably wonderful."

Adrian Quanjer, HRAudio.net

"Certainly the arresting interpretations on the double-CD second volume support his statement, “I have really entered the Schumann world”; how fortunate that we can do the same with van Poucke as our portal."

Ron Schepper, Textura

"There have been quite a few CDs with piano music by Robert Schumann in the player lately. Of those, this double album by Nicolas van Poucke is by any measure the best."

Paul Herruer, Luister Magazine

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