Robert Schumann (1810-1856) wrote his Album für die Jugend (Album for the Young), Op. 68 in 1848 for his three daughters after being dissatisfied with the quality of repertoire for children. The album consists of a collection of forty three short works. Though they are intended to be played by children or beginners, the second part, starting with Nr. 19 (Kleine Romanze), is marked Für Erwachsenere (For more grown-up ones) and contains more demanding pieces.
Though not intended for public performance it is surprising the quality of some of the pieces contained in this collection. This is demonstrated remarkably well with the performances by Vladimir Feltsman www.feltsman.com on a new release from Nimbus www.wyastone.co.uk
Feltsman is building a considerable catalogue of recordings for Nimbus with a broad repertoire including A Tribute to Rachmaninoff (NI6148), A Tribute to Scriabin (NI6198), A Tribute to Tchaikovsky (NI6162), Beethoven Diabelli Variations (NI6257), Beethoven Piano Sonatas (NI6120), Chopin Waltzes and Impromptus (NI6184), Liszt - Bénédiction de Dieu (NI6212), Bach - The English Suites (NI6176), Bach Six Partitas (NI6207), Mussorgsky Pictures at an Exhibition & Tchaikovsky Album for the Young (NI6211), Haydn Keyboard Sonatas (NI6242), Schnittke Sonata No.1 and Schubert Sonata 'Reliquie' (NI6284), Chopin Ballades (NI6128) and Chopin Nocturnes (NI6126) www.wyastone.co.uk/all-labels.html?instrumentalist=3090&p=1