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Schumann: Album for the Young, Op. 68

Schumann: Album for the Young, Op. 68


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Schumann: Carnaval, Papillons & Fantasiestücke

Schumann: Carnaval, Papillons & Fantasiestücke


Schumann:

Carnaval, Op. 9

Papillons, Op. 2

Fantasiestücke, Op. 12


‘Stunningly brought to life as by that genius of the piano, Marc-André Hamelin … a Schumann disc made in heaven’ (Classic FM Magazine)

“Hamelin's combination of fleet-fingered delicacy and compelling drive suit Schumann's aesthetic ideally; but best of all is his gleeful sense of storytelling. He brings the masked ball guests in Papillons and Carnaval to life with the deft vividness of an award-winning film director.” BBC Music Magazine, December 2005 *****

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Schumann: Chamber Music

Schumann: Chamber Music


Schumann:

Adagio and Allegro in A flat major, Op. 70

Richard Watkins (horn) & Ian Brown (piano)

Märchenbilder (4), Op. 113

Lawrence Power (viola) & Ian Brown (piano)

Fantasiestücke, Op. 73

Richard Hosford (clarinet) & Ian Brown (piano)

Märchenerzählungen (4) for Clarinet, Viola & Piano, Op. 132

Richard Hosford (clarinet), Lawrence Power (viola) & Ian Brown (piano)

Romances (3), Op. 94

Gareth Hulse (oboe) & Ian Brown (piano)

Violin Sonata No. 1 in A minor, Op. 105

Marianne Thorsen (violin) & Ian Brown (piano)


Among Schumann’s inspired late chamber works is a collection of music for more unusual instruments, composed in a concentrated flurry of creativity between 1849 and 1853 and written specifically for particular players, and it is to these exquisite short works that the world-famous Nash Ensemble turns its impeccable collective musicianship.

While Schumann modelled his music specifically to the timbres of the instruments he wrote for—piano, violin, horn, clarinet and oboe—he also arranged these pieces for alternative instruments with an eye to maximizing sales. Here, however, the soloists from The Nash Ensemble present the works in their original scoring in what are bound to be definitive performances—the delicious Fantasiestücke for clarinet, and the fiery and lyrical Märchenbilder, which feature star British viola player Lawrence Power. Other delights include the Adagio and Allegro for horn, a brilliant showpiece, the Violin Sonata No 1, Drei Romanzen for oboe and piano and the Märchenerzählungen for clarinet, viola and piano.

“how thoroughly each one of these performers warms to his or her allotted task (perhaps 'role' would be a better word), though it's violinist Marianne Thorsen and pianist Ian Brown in the Sonata who steal the show. It makes a superb finale to a disc that works equally well whether you sample individual pieces or savour it as a whole.” BBC Music Magazine, July 2012 *****

“affectionate and technically irreproachable performances...The five woodwind and string players of the Nash Ensemble respond ideally to this music - music which surely they have known and loved throughout ther playing lives - and Ian Brown is an ever-sensitive collaborative pianist...Unique and compelling from beginning to end.” Gramophone Magazine, September 2012

“This is an admirably compilation of consistently fine performances of almost all of Schumann's shorter chamber music for one or two instruments and piano, and as such is most valuable as a collection...The performances throughout...are each beyond criticism. In particularly I admire also the slightly varied balance between the instruments...another fine record from this consistently first-class company.” International Record Review, May 2012

“The Nash players are British chamber-music royalty, but it is always an especial pleasure to hear the voluptuous viola sound of Lawrence Power in such an eloquent dialogue with Ian Brown’s piano in the too rarely heard Märchenbilder...A gorgeous, unmissable disc of great, too infrequently heard chamber music.” Sunday Times, 29th April 2012

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Schumann: Davidsbündlertänze, Humoreske & Blumenstück

Schumann: Davidsbündlertänze, Humoreske & Blumenstück


Schumann:

Humoreske, Op. 20

Blumenstück, Op. 19

Davidsbündlertänze, Op. 6


Luca Buratto (piano)

Hyperion is thrilled to welcome 2015 Honens Prize Laureate Luca Buratto to the label, a pianist whose ‘fiery imagination and finesse’ (Musical America) are perfectly suited to the demands of this all-Schumann programme. Despite its unassuming title, the Humoreske is no mere miniature but a full-scale piano cycle, very much on a par with the Davidsbündlertänze.

“Buratto captures the evolving moods with panache and just enough pomp.” BBC Music Magazine, May 2017 ***

“A first impression of Buratto’s playing...is of a serious, highly refined pianist who seems incapable of producing an ugly sound, but who perhaps is sometimes just a little bit too well-mannered...Then suddenly, during the wonderfully protean Davidsbündlertänze, Buratto seems to find another gear; everything snaps into sharper focus.” The Guardian, 11th May 2017 ****

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Schumann: Davidsbündlertänze, Kinderszenen, Piano Sonata No. 2

Schumann: Davidsbündlertänze, Kinderszenen, Piano Sonata No. 2


Schumann:

Kinderszenen, Op. 15

Davidsbündlertänze, Op. 6

Piano Sonata No. 2 in G minor, Op. 22


Angela Hewitt has earned a richly deserved reputation for her interpretations of Bach and the Baroque, and something of that characteristic clarity illuminates her Schumann performances. Her first disc of this repertoire was praised for its ‘seemingly effortless but always adventurous interpretations … her poise and amplitude lending it an unearthly beauty’ and this second volume, containing some of the composer’s most bewitchingly beautiful music, should be no less lauded.

“The formal clarity of Hewitt's playing, together with the crispness of her articulation, gets her a long way in the sonata, whose technical demands are not to be underestimated...There's still an impressive sheen to everything Hewitt does” The Guardian, 25th November 2010 ****

“Hewitt conveys with intensity and brilliance the mounting tension, rapture and visceral drive that Schumann’s markings are surely meant to encourage...throughout the set Hewitt’s palette of colour is chosen with the utmost discretion and aptness.” The Telegraph, 26th November 2010 *****

“Her awareness of counterpoint and her skill at putting it across suits Schumann's colourfully woven textures to perfection. Davidsbündlertänze benefits from fine-pointed voicing, and her sense of light, springing rhythm keeps the élan flying, stopping the music from ever getting too bogged down” BBC Music Magazine, Christmas 2010 *****

“Everything is played as if in the heat of first inspiration, a reflection, perhaps, of a recreative richness mirroring Hewitt's encompassing and versatile repertoire. Few pianists are so brilliantly alive to every passing fancy and whimsicality. And again, few performances could be less studio-bound, more fleet, hallucinatory and above all more deeply imaginative.” Gramophone Magazine, December 2010

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Schumann - Dichterliebe & other Heine settings

Schumann - Dichterliebe & other Heine settings


Schumann:

Tragödie Op. 64 No. 3

Die beiden Grenadiere, Op. 49 No. 1

Abends am Strand, Op. 45 No. 3

Die feindlichen Brüder, Op. 49 No. 2

Der arme Peter, Op. 53 No. 3

Belsazar, Op. 57

Die Lotosblume, Op. 25 No. 7

Was will die einsame Träne, Op. 25 No. 21

Du bist wie eine Blume, Op. 25 No. 24

Lehn deine Wang' Op. 142 No. 2

song originally conceived for Dichterliebe

Es leuchtet meine Liebe, Op. 127 No. 3

song originally conceived for Dichterliebe

Dein Angesicht, Op. 127 No. 2

song originally conceived for Dichterliebe

Mein Wagen rollet langsam, Op. 142 No. 4

song originally conceived for Dichterliebe

Dichterliebe, Op. 48


Gerald Finley (baritone) & Julius Drake (piano)

Why another Dichterliebe recording? Because Gerald Finley has simply one of the greatest voices of his generation, and is an artist at the peak of his powers. He brings to this noble song cycle the supreme technical ability and penetrating musical understanding that characterize all his performances, whether on the concert platform, in the recording studio or on the great opera stages of the world. This is his fourth disc with collaborator Julius Drake, and the partnership has proved to be a uniquely rewarding one.

This fine recital also includes many of Schumann’s other Heine settings. The extremes of elation and despair in Heine’s poetry stimulated Schumann to write some of his most poignant and unforgettable songs. This is truly a disc to treasure.

“[Finley] brings eloquence to the text and maturity to his interpretations, but with a still youthful-sounding voice. Darker and more “bassy” of tone than Dieskau, he is especially impressive in the sardonic and bitter songs...Finley is a gripping narrator, too, in the tale of Belshazzar’s feast, and can refine his voice to the most arresting of internalised confidences in the love songs to Clara Wieck.” Sunday Times, 14th September 2008 ****

“Finley is a much less knowing, more direct performer than Fischer-Dieskau, concentrating less on precise verbal nuance (though his German diction is wonderfully clear) than on more generalised expressive contours, but the effect is still overwhelmingly powerful.” Andrew Clements, The Guardian, 5th September 2008 *****

“Doubts as to whether the world needs yet another Dichterliebe are allayed by a performance that probes the extremes of Schumann's evocation of remembered, blighted love. Gerald Finley's burnished baritone is one of the most beautiful voices to have recorded the cycle.” The Telegraph, 6th September 2008

“Finley's performance gives huge pleasure and insight…” BBC Music Magazine, September 2008 ****

“In close collusion with the ever-sentient Julius Drake, Gerald Finley gives one of the most beautifully sung an intensely experience performances on dic of Schumann's cycle of rapture, disillusion and tender regret. This is a Dichterliebe firmly in the past tense, the poet-lover achingly resigned from the outset. Singer and pianist are just as compelling in the other Heine settings here.” Gramophone Magazine, November 2008

“Isserlis's mobile, feeling but never gushing legato lines… Hough's winged, crystalline partnership.” BBC Music Magazine, December 2005

“[Finley] sings Schumann's great song-cycle with much tonal beauty and feeling, above all capturing the deep disillusion of Schumann's inspiration” Penguin Guide, 2010 edition ****

“In close collusion with the ever-sentient Julius Drake, Gerald Finley gives one of the most beautifully sung and intensely experienced performances on disc of Schumann's cycle of rapture, disillusion and tender regret. This is a Dichterliebe firmly in the past tense, the poetlover achingly resigned from the outset. Finley sings the second song, 'Aus meinen Tränen', as if in a trance, and lingers luxuriantly, even masochistically, over the remembered 'Ich liebe dich' in 'Wenn ich' in deine Augen seh''. Yet here and elsewhere some dangerously slow tempi are vindicated by the acuity of his verbal and musical responses. Where most singers end 'Im Rhein' in wistful tenderness, Finley infuses his final words with a wry bitterness. The disenchantment of 'Ich grolle nicht' is already glimpsed. In the cycle's latter stages Finley veers between numb reverie and acerbic self-dramatisation.
The birds' assuaging response in 'Am leuchtenden Sommermorgen' is magical, barely breathed, the mounting trauma of the funereal dream-song 'Ich hab' im Traum geweinet' chillingly conveyed, the dissolving vision of the penultimate 'Aus alten Märchen' relived with ineffable sadness. Adding a cutting edge to his warm, mahogany baritone, Finley imbues the final song with savage irony, before the rueful, healing close. Throughout, Drake's playing is a model of clarity and acutely observed detail (he is more attentive than most to bass-lines), epitomised in his fluid, exquisitely voiced epilogue.
Singer and pianist are just as compelling in the other Heine settings here. The church acoustic is more resonant than is ideal for Lieder, though that hardly detracts from a glorious Schumann recital.”
Gramophone Classical Music Guide, 2010

“Grotesquerie, beauty, irony, sentimentality and overwhelming passion mingle to breathtaking effect...His in-the-moment honesty is matched note-for-note by pianist Julius Drake, who partners him with a superb sense of drama and detail. It's a recital which can stand comparison with the greatest Schumann recordings.” METRO

GGramophone Awards 2009

Best of Category - Solo Vocal

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Schumann: Fantasiestücke Op 88

Schumann: Fantasiestücke Op 88


Schumann:

Piano Trio No. 3 in G minor, Op. 110

Fantasiestücke in A minor for Piano Trio, Op. 88

Piano Quartet in E flat major, Op. 47

Thomas Riebl (viola)


‘Revelatory performances from the Florestan. Excellently recorded, this welcome disc should win all three works a new lease of life’ (Gramophone)

“After their 1999 Gramophone Award-winning disc of the first two piano trios, these players champion three works which are less frequently encountered in concert, proving once again how a revelatory interpretation can make us all think again.
The G minor Piano Trio (No 3) of 1851 suffers from over-repetitive, at times perfunctory, rhythmic patterning. But thanks to the mercurial vitality and the spontaneous response to every passing innuendo from all three interwoven voices, not a note here sounds unmotivated.
The three fanciful 1842 miniatures for piano trio (revised under the title of Fantasiestücke in 1849) have long been criticised for the dominance of the keyboard in all but the third, entitled 'Duet'. Susan Tomes makes no attempt to disguise this.
Last but not least, the Piano Quartet of 1842, long overshadowed by the much-loved Piano Quintet. Misha Donat's appreciative note reminds us that even the loyal Clara waited some seven years before taking it into her repertory.
The piano is rarely silent, and mustn't be allowed to dominate; so praise goes to Susan Tomes for a keen ear for balance. The Scherzo has a Mendelssohnian, elfin fleetness, and the finale (surely Schumann's ne plus ultra in exhilarating contrapuntal ingenuity) an exemplary textural clarity. The slow movement, played with touching simplicity, speaks as eloquently as any of the composer's Clara-inspired lovesongs.
Excellently recorded, this welcome disc should win all three works a new lease of life.”
Gramophone Classical Music Guide, 2010

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Schumann: Humoreske & Piano Sonata Op. 11

Schumann: Humoreske & Piano Sonata Op. 11


Schumann:

Piano Sonata No. 1 in F sharp minor, Op. 11

Humoreske, Op. 20


Angela Hewitt’s recent Schumann performances in the concert hall were praised for their ‘urgency, jubilation and introspection’ and ‘power and finesse’. Now for the first time she has recorded two of his greatest piano works for Hyperion. Her clean, thoughtful, incisively musical playing which nevertheless allows a flow of passion to be released is perfectly suited to this music.

“Sonata, fantasia, humoresk: what's in a name when Schumann's lyric muse lets inspired ideas loose in such profusion? Never have they sounded easier or more natural than in Angela Hewitt's seemingly effortless but always adventurous interpretations.” BBC Music Magazine, December 2007 *****

“As ever with this pianist, we get playing that is thoughtful, though-provoking, finely finished and intricately nuanced.” Gramophone Magazine, December 2007

“Hewitt’s recordings are self-sufficient without the need for comparisons, but her Schumann sonata can hold its own against Maurizio Pollini’s impressive 1973 version … The best possible way to make its acquaintance” International Record Review

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Schumann: Kerner Lieder & Liederkreis

Schumann: Kerner Lieder & Liederkreis


Schumann:

Gedichte (12) von Justinus Kerner Op. 35

Liederkreis, Op. 39


Margaret Price (soprano), Graham Johnson (piano)

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Schumann: Kinderszenen & Waldszenen & Janáček: On the overgrown path I

Schumann: Kinderszenen & Waldszenen & Janáček: On the overgrown path I


Janacek:

Along an Overgrown Path, JW VIII/17, Book 1

Schumann:

Waldszenen, Op. 82

Kinderszenen, Op. 15


Marc-André presents a fascinating juxtaposition of two composers who are not obviously musically related, but who are proved on this album to be a felicitous combination.

Schumann’s well-loved Kinderszenen (‘Scenes from childhood’) cycle is a masterpiece: each piece is as deftly and exquisitely crafted as anything in his more outwardly sophisticated mode. From the haunting beauty of the opening ‘From foreign lands and people’ (‘Von fremden Ländern und Menschen’), via the spare eloquence of the central ‘Dreaming’ (‘Träumerei’), to the quiet rhetoric of ‘The poet speaks’ (‘Der Dichter spricht’), the listener is taken through nuances of emotion whose effects are heartrendingly poignant.

Waldszenen (‘Forest scenes’) is another collection of miniatures, and Schumann’s last major cycle for solo piano. This deeply ‘Romantic’ work in the most psychological sense of the word is no objective foray into the woods, but a very personal reaction to an imagined landscape; and equally striking is the sense that each piece represents just a shard of a larger experience. On the whole it is the more bucolic aspect that Schumann explores, though these pieces are not without darker shadows. And while they may be technically fairly straightforward, their changeability calls for the quickest of reactions and a wealth of subtle nuance.

Over half a century separates Schumann’s nature-inspired Waldszenen from the first book of Janáček’s On the overgrown path. The subject matter is darker and more oblique and the piano writing is deceptively treacherous, many of the difficulties far from overt. The title of the overall cycle refers to a Moravian wedding song, the bride lamenting that ‘The path to my mother’s has become overgrown with clover’. The sequence of ten pieces that comprises Book 1 constitutes, as the scholar John Tyrrell has written, some of the ‘profoundest, most disturbing music that Janáček had written, their impact quite out of proportion to their modest means and ambition’.

“Time and again he makes you think vocally, of the range and flexibility of a great singer...the knife-edge between composer and interpreter, between creator and recreator is held in the finest balance.” Gramophone Magazine, June 2014

“Hamelin has already made several fine recordings of Schumann's piano music, focusing on big virtuoso pieces. He proves to be equally adept at exploring the more intimate side of the composer's character and the two Schumann cycles here are absolutely magical.” BBC Music Magazine, July 2014 *****

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