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This release brings together Robert Schumann’s complete production for violin and orchestra – three works from the period just before the composer was confined to the mental institution where he would die within two years.
The only work here that was performed in Schumann’s lifetime was the Fantasy in C major, dedicated to the violin virtuoso Joseph Joachim.
Written shortly afterwards, the Violin Concerto in D minor was also intended this work for Joachim, but he never performed the work in public, and it remained unperformed until 1937.
A dedicated advocate of Schumann’s music, the soloist Ulf Wallin has gone back to the composer's autographs in order to present these works in their purest form. He is aided by the fine team of the Robert-Schumann-Philharmonie and their conductor Frank Beerman.
Robert Schumann: Cello Concerto in A minor, Op. 129 (version for violin and orchestra)
I. Nicht zu schnell
III. Sehr lebhaft
Robert Schumann: Phantasie in C major, Op. 131
Phantasie in C major, Op. 131
Robert Schumann: Violin Concerto in D minor, WoO 23
I. In kraftigem, nicht zu schnellem Tempo
III. Lebhaft doch nicht schnell
“Wallin captures a freshness and energy in his performance. Brushing aside those associations of madness that have coloured Schumann's music, Wallin and his equally dedicated orchestra and conductor have achieved new levels of understanding - listen to the captivating second movement of the Concerto in D minor to appreciate his poetic interpretation.”
“a fine case for this heinously neglected work.”
12th November 2013
“beautiful tone, impeccable technique and innate musicality. Of great importance is that this repertoire is thrilling, highly accessible to anyone who accepts the music of, say, Poulenc, Ibert and others of that generation...The orchestral playing is excellent, the recording up to the usual BIS class and Ole Edvard Antonsen is a magnetic soloist. Give this disc a chance.”
4th August 2011
“Wallin has just the right sound for the music, sweetly expressive rather than brilliant...What makes these performances really special is the way they reveal the wayward passions under the music’s cosy, gentle surface. Wallin’s playing has a rhythmic flexibility which is exactly right for Schumann’s diffident impulsiveness...It’s hard to imagine more sympathetic and insightful performances of these wonderful pieces.”