Angela Hewitt’s recordings of Schumann’s solo piano works for Hyperion have been described as ‘revelatory … something to cherish’ (Gramophone) and ‘unreservedly superb’ (The Guardian). Now she turns her attention to the works for piano and orchestra in a magnificent release which includes the beloved Piano Concerto in A minor—one of the most treasured concertos in the repertoire—and two other works also written for Clara Schumann.
Hewitt’s trademark clarity of line, and her technical control which never limits the expression of passion, are clearly in evidence. She is supported by the Deutsches Symphonie-Orchester Berlin and the brilliant Finnish conductor Hannu Lintu. A fascinating commentary by Hewitt herself completes this album which is sure to delight her ever-increasing legion of fans.
Hewitt's touch, light and graceful, allows the work to unfold rather than gallop. The second movement is perhaps less convincing...but there's so much beauty, subtlety and originality in Hewitt's first movement that the ear longs for commensurate poeticism...Even if I didn't wholly buy into the Concerto's Intermezzo, this recording should be applauded for its passion, detail, courage and commitment. BBC ****
Her approach seeks the flow in the music, obtaining a legato in those accompanying moments where the orchestra takes the lead and adding texture rather than making musical points...This is the kind of recording which may surprise a little, but is also one which will gain your affection and provide increasing interest and insight with each airing. MusicWeb