I,Clara is the sixth Composer Portrait to be compiled and scripted by Lucy Parham.
The CD, narrated by Harriet Walter, was released by Deux-Elles in October 2019. It was chosen by Andrew McGregor as BBC Radio 3’s Record of the Week, highly praised in Gramophone Magazine and chosen by Pianist Magazine as their 5 star Album of the Month.
Available to buy now from Deux-Elles (below) and to buy and stream via Amazon.
“Hearing Clara’s story in her own words, interspersed with relevant music, is a joy. Harriet Walter’s delivery is utterly compelling. Performing on a glorious Fazioli, Parham’s playing is eloquent and engaging.”
“The first movement of the Sonata in G minor, phrased as if by a singer, with a touch of rubato and dextrous fingerwork, makes one yearn for a complete recording. Parham’s Arabesque smiles in the way that we’re told London audiences experienced when Clara Schumann played it to them. The Fazioli is admirably suited to this repertoire, as Lucy Parham’s heartfelt performances make clear.
Harriet Walter delivers a blessedly undevout reading of Lucy Parham’s narration, her timing impeccable, her manner untheatrical.
This celebration of her life, with the music fitting the narrative so well, is another fine tribute to this remarkable woman in her bicentenary year.”
“Parham gives us a beautifully-crafted tribute to the composer, in both words and music. This album, which deserves repeated listening, is a fitting tribute to an extraordinary woman. Be prepared to shed a tear.”
Album of the Month – December 2019
***** 5 stars
“It’s my favourite thing for Clara’s 200th anniversary – her life story beautifully told in her own words, read by Harriet Walter, brought to life with music picked and played by Lucy Parham. A beautifully designed portrait of Clara. If you are not moved to tears by Clara’s account of his death and by Parham’s choice of music you are made of stronger stuff than I am. It’s a seriously moving tribute – and my Record of the Week”
“Lucy Parham’s trailblazing evening concerts in which she fuses music and words with the help of some of our most distinguished thespians, have become one of the must-see events on the musical calendar.”
“Lucy has a real gift for drawing her audience into the music through these beautifully crafted programmes. I always feel as if I am performing chamber music, such is the intimacy of each show. To sit by her whilst she plays transports me to another world.”