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Some Reviews Found on the WEB -- part 3 of 3

Re the Young Schumann

Just finished transferring music from a late '50s Capitol LP set -Pennario playing early Schumann. Papillons, the op. 11 sonata and Kinderscenen. Carnaval is also in the set, but triage eliminated it from my transfer. Wasn't confident of either the recorded sound or how well it would clean up, but it came out fine. Pennario was capable of a nice touch in pianissimos and strong fortes, and this was a good recording for him.

The box includes rather poetically inclined notes by Paul Hume, at the time Music Editor for the Washington Post. I'm duplicating the initial paragraph here, because of its relationship to the LTMSFI controversy.

" Leonard Pennario's sensitivity to the singing tone requisite for a proper realization of Schumann's typical writings is apparent in the present album, notably in the Scenes from Childhood, though it is equally apparent in his delineation of the Aria in the Sonata, and at many other points. His technical equipment makes it easy for him to dispatch the "Paganini" pages of Carnaval as impressively as his awareness of the spirit of the Romantic era opens to him the essential qualities of Schumann's music as a whole. He shows that he understands Schumann's viewpoint: that the interpreter must grasp the character of the score from the structure of the score, after which delving into the poetic asides will stimulate the performer's fancy. But above all, as Schumann wrote, and as Pennario demonstrates: "the original manuscript remains the authority to which we must refer"

"Bob Lombard" May 2003, Google Discussion Group

Comparing Gottschalk Performances

I listened to (A) the three-disk set by Alan Mandel on Vox; (B) Leonard Pennario's efforts on Angel; (C) Eugene List on the earlier Vanguard disk; (D) Philip Martin on Hyperion.
All are meritorious efforts, and each excels in one piece or another, but the margin of excellence is narrow.

On the whole, Pennario came out on top. He seemed to get the idiom just right quite often, in comparison with his competitors.Unfortunately, this disk, like a lot of EMI stuff released under the Angel logo, is pretty obscure and probably out of print; I felt very pleased to discover a second-hand copy last year. Go look for it.

"Rodger Whitlock", April 2004, Google Discussion Group

[Most of Pennario's Gottschalk is available on CD under the "Great American Piano I and II" titles. -- JGM]