2020-09-24 23:09:35 UTC
Having a difficult time finding info about this new release, published last Friday 9/18. It is available for streaming only on AppleMusic, but there is no iTunes download (in U.S.), nor am I able to find the physical discs anywhere online. Presto doesn't even have a listing for the download. And to be sure, this _is_ a DG release. I did like this release on first audition, and have been listening more critically in subsequent days. It seems to be one I am coming back to. Just putting this out there, this release is a 'thing' and I look forward to the usual comments from S.E. and our pianophile Board of Governors. Look forward to Gramophone and Herky getting around to publishing reviews as well.
Paik is now 74 years-old, attended Juilliard and studied with Rosina Lhévinne, Ilona Kabos, Guido Agosti and Wilhelm Kempff. In 2000, he was made Chevalier de l'ordre des arts et des lettres by the French Government, and later that same year (September) he was the first Korean artist to be officially invited to perform in China. I still maintain his cycle of Prokofiev Piano Concertos is among the best in the catalog (Polish Radio Symphony Orchestra and Antoni Wit for Naxos, Diapason d'Or in 1993). But I am not familiar with much else. I have the Bach/Busoni disc, but it's been a while since I played it. More recent releases on DG are unknown to me, a Chopin Nocturnes 2CD most recently in 2018. The Decca integrale of the Beethoven Piano Sonatas is one I've wanted to hear as well.
Official DG page: https://www.deutschegrammophon.com/en/catalogue/products/schumann-kun-woo-paik-12097
Note: Streaming and Download listed but no CD _but_ there is a UPC assignation 00028948551460, or for collectors '485 5146'. Perplexing.
-Theme and Variations in E-Flat Major, WoO 24 'Ghost Variations'
-Abegg Variations, Op.1
-Arabeske In C, Op.18
-Bunte Blätter, Op.99
-3 Fantasiestücke, Op.111
-Papillons, Op. 2 · Waldszenen, Op.82
-Gesänge der Frühe, Op.133
DG blurb [why the first person? "reminds _me_ of"? who is 'me'? -ed.]
<< The album cover reminds me of Monk by the Sea, an oil painting that the German romantic artist Caspar David Friedrich (1774–1840) created in 1810, the year when Schumann was born. Schumann has two sides of his personality: young Schumann, who was filled with musical, literary inspirations and dreams, and later Schumann, who was consumed by madness and darkness. Pianist Kun-Woo Paik looks like a traveller who is about to step towards the sky. When you take a closer look, you realize that the landscape isn’t real but a wall. Here the sky, a symbol of universe and infinity, is restraint and restriction.
Paik is a real romanticist who believes in love. Picasso once said it took a lifetime to paint like a child. He also has never lost the boy in him. For this, he became a philosopher. A boy and a philosopher.
Kun-Woo Paik – Schumann: Kinderszenen Op.15, VII. Träumerei
Listen to 'Schumann': https://DG.lnk.to/Paik >>
A sampling of the YT Comments:
"The old man is playing the piano hard.
so, I also do my best to practice the piano."
"His noble saga inspires everyone, humble but elegant. May bless you and your wife. Maestro."
"Omg thanx DG"
"very welcome :)" -DG official account reply