The recording's title, Freedom, wants to be an exploration of what composers produced when they did not start with a codified musical form but rather with a poetic idea. In this thought-provoking programme, both Schubert and Schumann's cycles show powers of evocation and characterisation at their height, whilst in Schoenberg's music, pared back beyond its essentials, we glimpse a snapshot into the elements of a psychological crisis. The last piece of Tarli's recording is Schoenberg's haunting reminiscence of Gustav Mahler's funeral bells.
Tarli's playing reveals details of the music unheard before — in such central repertoire that’s quite an achievement; especially impressive is the sense of buoyant fun that she found in Schoenberg’s short piano pieces, fun being seldom associated to Schoenberg's music. Here is a recording where virtuosity seems equally balanced by meditation.