Recently I had a very special days in Cleveland, working with two great pianists - Zsolt Bognar and Caroline Oltmanns. Caroline told me that her new program of Schumann includes "Ghost Variations". I have to admit that it was a first time for me to hear about "Ghost Variations" and I wanted to know more. Caroline told me this extraordinary and sad story about the voices in Robert Schumann's head, who dictated this beautiful hymn and shortly after gave a task to throw himself to the river. Although he was rescued these beautiful and very dark five variations remained as a last testament he ever wrote.
This strong story resonated somehow and resulted with my five variations.