This page lists all recordings of Piano Concerto in A minor, Op. 7, by Clara Schumann (1819-96) on CD & download (MP3 & FLAC). Generally, more recent releases are listed first, but with priority given to those that are in stock.
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C. Schumann & MacDowell - Piano Concertos
This release by JRI Recordings features two works for piano and orchestra, brilliantly written for the soloist by two of the most prominent pianists of the 19th century. The work by Clara Schumann is the single finest concerto by a female composer in the romantic era, and that by Edward MacDowell the finest concerto by an American in this period. This recording is also novel in that it utilizes two experimental approaches to making a concerto recording. In the MacDowell Concerto, the orchestra was recorded alone and the piano part was added later. In the Clara Schumann Concerto, the orchestra was created entirely with a midi keyboard and computer using sampled sounds. The results in both pieces are stunningly beautiful and realistic.
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Veronica Jochum (piano), Joseph Silverstein (violin & conductor), Colin Carr (cello)
Bamberger Symphony Orchestra
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Clara Schumann - Piano Music
“The autograph manuscript of Robert Schumann's Piano Concerto (1845) revealed not only the toil but also the hand of Clara, par- ticularly in the last movement. Eleven years earlier, Robert had orchestrated a Concertsatz by the 14-year-old Clara and this became the corresponding movement of her concerto which she soon completed on her own.
The Concertsatz is as long as the other movements put together and a shorter finale might have been beneficial. Yet the complete, though imperfect, work is a notable achievement for so young a composer; and the piano part could be seen as a vehicle for virtuosity. All credit therefore to Francesco Nicolosi for not succumbing to temptation. His playing is deeptoned and tractable and, in conjunction with Stefania Rinaldi who eschews strident orchestral attack, finds a vein of melancholy in the music. He also ably balances the implied duality of the Romanze in which the marking congrazia conflicts somewhat with the additional La melodia ben marcato e legato.
'Not a gifted melodist but skilful handling of other elements compensates' is one of biographer Nancy B Reich's verdicts on Clara Schumann. And an element is the assured way modulations are treated in the Piano Trio (1846). Nicolosi adapts his playing to the demands of the genre, and he interacts sympathetically with his fine partners. Perhaps the Scherzo (to be played Tempo di menuetto) ought to have been bucolic rather than gracious but this doesn't detract from a very communicative performance. The orchestra's cellos and basses are lightweight and the solo violin occasionally squeaky but the sound is otherwise good.” Gramophone Classical Music Guide, 2010
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