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Opus 56 & 60
Worldwide release September 10th 2021

Although Robert Schumann’s public role in the Bach revival is less wellknown than that of Felix Mendelssohn, Bach’s music would play an influential effect throughout his life. Schumann would in turn, arrange and perform many of Bach’s works including adding piano parts to the Solo Violin Sonatas and Cellos Suites and trumpets to the St. John Passion!
In 1843 he and Clara rented a custom made pedalflügel - a dreadnought of an instrument combining a Friedrich Wieck grand piano with a pedal keyboard that enabled Schumann’s to play Bach’s organ music at home.
During one of his periodic bouts of depression, Schumann became gripped by what he called Fugenpassion and shortly thereafter his obsession with Bach would blossom in the Canons and Fugues of Opp. 56 and 58.
The curious name of this album references Carl Nielsen’s advice to fellow composer Ture Rangstr m, namely, to get down to the roots of a piece so that it would truly flower. And so following Nielsen’s advice, acclaimed organist Jens E. Christensen, a master of styles ancient and modern, dug deep to uncover the roots of Schumann’s imagination for this truly extraordinary program, a lovingly cultivated German-Danish, Piano-Organ, Baroque-Romantic hybrid, that will no doubt become a perennial favorite
for fans of Schumann’s most florid contrapuntal creations.
Recorded in DXD audio format (Digital eXtreme Definition),
352.8 kHz/24 or 32bit. by producer Preben Iwan,
“This album is dedicated to the memory of my life companion, Henrik Sten Møller”
Jens E. Christensen



April 5, 2022

Review in GregersDH Block

Gregers Dirckinck-Holmfeld


January 16, 2022

Gapplegate Classical-Modern Music Reviews

Grego Appelgate Edwards, Classical-Modern Music Reviews, January 17th 2022.


November 15, 2021

compact disc reviews UK 4 stars

Martin Clarke


November 13, 2021

Crescendo Magazine (BE) 10/9/10/10 review

Christophe Steyne


November 4, 2021

5 stars review in Klassik Magazine Denmark

Michael Garnæs


October 14, 2021

Second 5 stars review in Fanfare (US)

Ken Meltzer


October 6, 2021

5 Stars review in Fanfare (US)

Colin Clarke


September 25, 2021

Fanfare interview on "The Roots and the Flower" with Jens E. Christensen



September 12, 2021

Kristeligt Dagblad (DK Newspaper) 5 Stars

Peter Dürrfeld


September 7, 2021

Great review in Klassik Heute (Germany) 10/10/9

Thomas Baack

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