A Collection of Characters from Poulenc and Schumann

A Collection of Characters from Poulenc and Schumann

Simon Callaghan describes his latest recording as “a collection of characters – a procession, if you like – by two composers who I think go really well together: Poulenc and Schumann.”

Callaghan was very excited to discover a whole section in the last movement of Poulenc’s Les Soirées de Nazelles that he previously didn’t know existed, just weeks before recording. The ‘complete’ version of the finale will be offered as a bonus track when the new CD is released.

He goes on to say:

“I have played Schumann’s ‘Carnaval’ since my Royal College of Music days (I started learning it in 2005 I think), and I’ve long wanted to make a proper recording!

Schumann’s ‘Kinderszenen’ completes the disc, which in my opinion is a collection of some of the most exquisite miniatures ever composed.

I was delighted to record this programme on a wonderful Steinway at Wyastone Concert Hall in Monmouthshire, the home of Nimbus / Lyrita Records. Oscar Torres – with whom I have worked a lot – was the excellent producer (with seemingly never-ending patience!), and we can’t wait to share the results of our labours with you.”

The recording will be released later this year on the Nimbus label.