Schumann Lieder (Dr. Jekyll & Mr. Hyde) (2016)


Paolo Giacometti, Thomas Oliemans

Two souls, alas, reside within my breast’ Faust ascertained, and he was not the first to do so. From time immemorial we have quite some struggle with our inner contradictions, and we try to restrain them in many ways. Knowledge, alchemy, music, literature and drink are just some of the paths we follow in search of clarification and in the hope of gaining mastery of these troublemakers. Through the centuries all this has given rise to many literary and mythological couples: Apollo and Dionysus, Yin and Yang, but Florestan and Eusebius, Schumann’s literary and musical alter egos, are part of this tradition as well. The cautious, gentle Eusebius, as distinct from the more impulsive, high-spirited Florestan, prevail over both the musical and literary oeuvre of Schumann, as a line of approach, a disguise, and an attempt to get a grip on his inner turmoil.

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Paolo Giacometti

Paolo Giacometti performs all over the world as a soloist and as a chamber musician, both on period and on modern instruments. He was born in Milan, Italy in 1970, but has been living in the Netherlands from his early childhood. He studied with Jan Wijn at the Sweelinck Conservatorium Amsterdam, where he graduated with the highest distinction. Also Gyorgy Sebök was an important source of inspiration and had a significant influence on his musical education. Paolo Giacometti has won many prizes at both national and international competitions. He has played with renowned orchestras under distinguished conductors such as Frans Brüggen, Kenneth Montgomery, Laurent Petitgirard, Michael Tilkin and Jaap van Zweden. Apart from his activities as a soloist, Paolo Giacometti’s love for chamber music has resulted in a successful co-operation with leading musicians such as Pieter Wispelwey, Gordon Nikolich, Alois Brandhofer, Janine Jansen, Bart Schneemann and Viktoria Mullova. Paolo Giacometti is a much sought-after musician at chamber music festivals in Europe, Canada and the United States. He has performed in concert halls all over the world including the Concertgebouw (Amsterdam), Teatro Colon (Buenos Aires), Wigmore Hall (London), Théâtre du Châtelet (Paris) and Seoul Arts Centre (South Korea). Paolo Giacometti records exclusively for Channel Classics. His impressive discography has been widely acclaimed by the international press. His recordings include Rossini’s complete piano works, a remarkable project that started in 1998 and was completed in 2007. In Rossini’s homeland critics say: "... Rossini has finally found his pianist ...". For the third recording of this series Giacometti was distinguished with the Edison Classical Music Award 2001. His recording of Schumann’s Humoreske, Fantasiestücke and Toccata has received the BBC Music Magazine’s Benchmark and Performance of Outstanding Quality distinctions. His recording of the Dvorák and Schumann piano concertos have been acclaimed by Gramophone as "... one of the best concerto disks I have heard in a long while ...".  Among Paolo Giacometti’s chamber music recordings, a recording with works by Schubert with cellist Pieter Wispelwey has received the Choc du Monde de la Musique and Luister 10 awards, while another recording with works by Chopin, Fauré and Poulenc, also with Pieter Wispelwey, has been awarded the Diapason d’or.  Paolo Giacometti is also a dedicated piano professor at the Robert Schumann Musikhochschule Düsseldorf.

Thomas Oliemans

Born in Amsterdam, Dutch baritone Thomas Oliemans graduated from the Amsterdam Conservatory, coached by Margreet Honig. He continued his studies with KS Robert Holl, Elio Battaglia and Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau. Winner of the 2013 Prix d’Amis of the Dutch National Opera in Amsterdam for his portrayal of Papageno in Simon McBurney’s production of Die Zauberflöte, he made his professional opera debut as the Father in Hans Werner Henze’s Pollicino with the Nationale Reisopera where he also sang Minos in Händel’s Arianna in Creta and Ned Keene in Britten’s Peter Grimes.
Most recent appearances include Il Conte di Almaviva in Le Nozze di Figaro at the Göteborg Opera, Schaunard in La Bohème at the Dutch National Opera, Papageno in Die Zauberflöte at the Festival d’Aix-en-Provence, Donner in Das Rheingold at the Grand Théâtre de Genève, Hercule in Gluck’s Alceste at Teatro Real in Madrid, Lescaut in Manon at the Théâtre du Capitole in Toulouse, his debut at the Royal Opera House Covent Garden singing Schaunard in La Bohème and Fritz Kothner in Die Meistersinger von Nu?rnberg at the Dutch National Opera

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Schumann Lieder (Dr. Jekyll & Mr. Hyde) (2016)


Paolo Giacometti, Thomas Oliemans

(...) Giacomettis Spiel ist – man kennt es schon aus vielen anderen seiner diskografischen Beiträge – voller Poesie, Einfühlung und Gespür für die genutzten Instrumente.(...)


(...) Während Giacomettis Spiel immer wieder Hoffnung auf einen positiven Ausgang macht, gewinnt durch den farbenreichen, aber stets wehmütigen Gesang schlussendlich die melancholische Klangenlandschaft die Oberhand.


(...) de ontroering slaat toe (...) een oase van rust (...)

    Music Emotion

(...) allemaal briljant gezongen door Oliemans.


(...) verbazing en verrassing (...) zanger en begeleider hebben samen een eigenzinnige en interessante kijk op dit oeuvre (...) een magnifieke reis met schitterende vergezichten en intieme bekentenissen.


Een prachtige symbiose van tekst en muziek ... De begeleiding is in goede handen bij Paolo Giacometti ...

    Het Parool

Schumann als statement (...) Oliemans heeft een prachtige stem, maar wat deze registratie allereerst doet opvallen, is vooral de eigenzinnige aanpak met vooral een belangrijke rol voor pianist Paolo Giacometti, die vleugels uit de tijd van Schumann bespeelt. (...)

Schumann Lieder (Dr. Jekyll & Mr. Hyde) (2016)


Paolo Giacometti, Thomas Oliemans

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