Revue Musicale De Suisse Romande
ERIC HIMY PLAYS SCHUMANN
Paying tribute to Schumann --on the occasion of the 150th anniversary of his death - the American pianist Eric Himy lets us discover his extraordinary talent. There is some Horowitz in those steel wrists and those rubber fingers: a feline approach to the keyboard, alternating caressing velvet paws and nervous strokes of claws, a sensually gourmand exploitation of sonorities, a high-level eloquence, virtuoso but not noisy.
The program is copious with, in the Etudes Symphoniques, the insertion of the five beautiful Posthumous Variations sacrificed by the composer in order to increase the unity of the cycle spirit; and two dazzling lieder transcribed by Liszt.