Pianist Johanna Summer draws a wide spectrum across seven pieces from Robert Schumann's "Album for the Youth" and "Kinderszenen". With classical playing culture and the freedom of jazz.
The Süddeutsche Zeitung hailed Johanna Summer's performance at the Young Munich Jazz Prize in 2018 as "a small sensation": for just under an hour, the pianist, born in Plauen in Saxony in 1995 and now living in Berlin, had encompassed a whole gamut from enjoying the harmonic and rhythmic freedom of jazz to savouring the kind of refinement and discipline that her training as a classical pianist gives her. In a packed Unterfahrt club in Munich, the audience had been rapt and totally quiet as it listened: smiles during the more rousing passages, and then a collective holding of the breath during moments of suspense. The Süddeutsche’s had critic marvelled at her "amazing gift to make well-known melodies sound so convincingly her own, they develop a real sense of creative urgency.” The fact that Summer won the prize itself al...line up
Johanna Summer / piano
Variations on Robert Schumann by Johanna Summer
Recorded by Stefan Deistler at LOFT Cologne, October 21 & 22, 2019. Recording supervisor, mixed and mastered by Emanuel Uch
Produced by the artist