Llŷr Williams’s poise, clarity and wholeness of approach, admirable in themselves, are no barriers to the passion, romance and reverie inherent in this generous selection (a couple of minutes beyond two-and-a-half hours) from Robert Schumann’s piano catalogue. Williams’s music-serving virtuosity is another plus – the ability to make mincemeat of the most technically demanding passages without drawing attention to the writing itself, and therefore ensuring it as integral to the entirety, with no exclamation being hoisted regarding transcendental technique (we just know). Mike Hatch’s recorded sound (using two venues) is a happy marriage of presence, ambience, warmth and lucidity, conveying without encumbrance the majestic opening of the C-major Fantasy to the exuberant ending of Faschingsschwank aus Wien, with Williams’s vibrancy, sensitivity and shapeliness much in evidence as the journey unfolds: revelations abound, especially during the Humoreske and Davidsbündlertänze, poetry and panache from both hands. Signum Classics SIGCD756 (2 CDs).

Papillons, Op.2

Davidsbündlertänze, Op.6

Fantasie, Op.17

Humoreske, Op.20

Nachtstücke, Op.23 

Faschingsschwank aus Wien, Op.26