Perhaps the word genius is too commonly used, too commonly banded about. However, Schumann a composer and a person of versatile talents, whose vocation for music was such that it burnt strongly and implacably for most of his life, was informed and sometimes fuelled by personal and mental trauma, and was so precocious at a young age that he abandoned a career in law. Considered one of the most gifted and influential composers of the Romantic era, Schumann veered in his declining years in to a tragic and permanent state of insanity. It is however, that his music be experienced for it's tenderness, intelligence, insight, strength and creative catharsis, that are an enduring tribute to the human powers of transcendence, of personal salvation and survival through art.
Carnaval, widely considered a masterpiece of musical technicality and comprehensive emotional insight, is an astounding feat which creates the impression of a masked ball portrayed through 21 short pieces. As a journey through the vanities, the exhilarating contradictions, and hidden anguishes of human nature it is sublime. Beyond everything, the work is intimate, it accosts one in a way which is personal, which is empathic and which has a relevance both mundane and spiritual. Of Schumann, the words which can perhaps bring him to mind most vividly, are those of the poet Edwin Fischer "To him, above all, belongs my heart, I love him like an honoured friend, to him I owe my most beautiful hours - I lament deeply for him, too, for the shadows of sadness - the sorrow we feel in his songs - fell ever more thickly upon him…What do we know of his inner being, what can we know, there, where reason ceases and madness begins?"
The condition of the vinyl is good, it is unblemished by scratches, with only a little dust. The box, apart from some scuffing on the corners, is also in a good condition.
Matrix No. BM 2053 2L 3 VVI