I have always thought Nelson Goerner's playing to be on a high level. His truthful way with the printed score and his reliable and deep musicality always comes to the forefront of his interpretations. He's never one to insert idiosyncratic tricks into the music, but always lets the composer come first. Examples of his fine playing can be found on his Chopin discs where repeated listening shows a pianist good enough to be in the company of Argerich. Here, Goerner takes two of Schumann's greatest works plus the devilish Toccata, the latter tossed off without even the slightest strain. His Kreisleriana is among the finest ever recorded, and the Symphonic Studies – with the posthumous studies inserted organically – also receive a sovereign interpretation.
One of the finest Schumann releases this year.
Pianist (July 2015)