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Susan Kagan
Fanfare, April 2002

"Rico Gulda, son of Friedrich Gulda, brings his own youthful ardor to the set, and succeeds very well in capturing the essence of these pieces. Many moods and scenes are portrayed by the composer, and Gulda interprets each with a good deal of imagination, expressing tenderness, joy, dashing fervor, or whatever feeling is called for... he is a faithful and gratifying interpreter of Schumann's music."



Richard Perry
Ottawa Citizen, March 2002

"Rico Gulda, talented son of the famous, late Friedrich Gulda, has come to the rescue of these delightfully "young" pieces and has recorded them with great tenderness and thought. With his differentiated touch, he brings out the character of these miniatures, treating each as a mini-tableau of its own, with fine detail etched in, and subtle colouring. His shaping of these children's studies is exquisite, bringing out their individual qualities in clear lines while maintaining an innocence, even in the more complex and demanding pieces of the second half of the album. Recommended."



Richard Perry,
Ottawa Citizen, March 2002

"These short piano pieces, written in 1848 by Schumann for use by his own children, especially his eldest daughter, Marie, who was seven at the time, are hardly ever played in concert and have always been in the shadow of their ostensibly more accomplished and complex colleagues, the Kinderszenen of 1838. The latter, reflecting an adult view of childhood in a sometimes rather nostalgic manner -- the often played Traumerei comes to mind -- have been recorded by nearly all the great pianists at some stage in their career, but Album fur die Jugend, which offers 43 short pieces ascending in difficulty from the simple Melodie to a fugue and a rather serious 'figured chorale,' has been more or less neglected. Rico Gulda, talented son of the famous, late Friedrich Gulda, has come to the rescue of these delightfully 'young' pieces and has recorded them with great tenderness and thought. With his differentiated touch, he brings out the character of these miniatures, treating each as a mini-tableau of its own, with fine detail etched in, and subtle colouring. His shaping of these children's studies is exquisite, bringing out their individual qualities in clear lines while maintaining an innocence, even in the more complex and demanding pieces of the second half of the album. Recommended."



Max Loppert
BBC Music Magazine, December 2001

"The young Rico Gulda, son of the late Friedrich (a major Schumann pianist in his own right), brings to the entire series a 'personal' boldness, definition, and breadth of colour-range that kept me gripped."



Jed Distler
ClassicsToday.com, October 2001

"Schumann's famous teaching cycle Album fur die Jugend may make modest technical demands (well, not always, truth be told!), but the work embodies some of the composer's loveliest ideas. Pianist Rico Gulda (son of the late pianist Friedrich Gulda) seeks to wring the most music out of these 43 little pieces, and generally succeeds. He shapes them with a myriad of colors, tonal shadings, and voicings. Repeats provide opportunities for Gulda to play with these elements, perhaps to emphasize the left hand more the second time around (like in Stuckchen), or add the una corda pedal here and there. ...Kleine Studie's arpeggiated figures flow with simple understatement and Winterszeit I & II are ravishingly characterized, in contrast to Michelangeli's slow-motion, lobotomized EMI renditions. I look forward to more recordings by this sensitive, intelligent pianist.






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