Schumann: Romances (3), Op. 94

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Schubert & Schumann: Transcriptions for Clarinet & Harp

Schubert & Schumann: Transcriptions for Clarinet & Harp


Schubert:

Ständchen 'Leise flehen meine Lieder', D957 No. 4

transcribed for Clarinet & Harp

Sonata in A minor 'Arpeggione', D821

transcribed for Clarinet & Harp

Schumann:

Fantasiestücke, Op. 73

transcribed for Clarinet & Harp

Romances (3), Op. 94

transcribed for Clarinet & Harp

Schumann, Clara:

Er ist gekommen in Sturm und Regen, Op. 12 No. 2 (Text: Friedrich Rückert)

transcribed for Clarinet & Harp

Liebst du um Schönheit, Op. 12 No. 4 (text: Friedrich Rückert)

transcribed for Clarinet & Harp

Warum willst du and're fragen, Op. 12 No. 11 (Text: Friedrich Rückert)

transcribed for Clarinet & Harp


Anneleen Lenaerts (harp) & Dionysis Grammenos (clarinet)

Belgian harpist Anneleen Lenaerts is one of the leading soloists of her instrument. In 2010 she was appointed Principal Harpist of the Vienna Philharmonic. She won no fewer than twenty-three prizes, amongst them the “Grand Prix International Lily Laskine”. Hailed by Télérama, France, as “the new Prince of the clarinet”, Dionysis Grammenos was the first ever wind player to win the Grand Prix d’Eurovision from the European Broadcasting Union.

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Brahms: Violin Sonatas Nos. 2 & 3

Brahms: Violin Sonatas Nos. 2 & 3


Brahms:

Violin Sonata No. 2 in A major, Op. 100

Violin Sonata No. 3 in D minor, Op. 108

Schumann:

Romances (3), Op. 94

F.A.E.-Sonate

Brahms/Schumann/Dietrich


Isabelle Faust (violin) and Alexander Melnikov (piano)

A 19th-century ‘trio sonata’. Isabelle Faust and Alexander Melnikov have already given us an acclaimed version Brahms’s First Violin Sonata, in 2007. They now complete the cycle with the other two sonatas of 1886 and 1888, and add a fascinating rarity dating from 35 years earlier: the ‘F-A-E’ Sonata, a collaborative effort by three composers in honour of the great violinist Joachim, who had to guess who had written which movement! He did so with ease, for the Scherzo is as eminently Brahmsian as the Intermezzo and Finale are Schumannesque. Alexander Melnikov will be contributing his take on a score his mother gave him that belonged to Sviatoslav Richter in September BBC Music Magazine.

“The first Brahms sonata recorded by Isabelle Faust and Alexander Melnikov on period instruments made a big impression...Melnikov’s 1875 Bösendorfer piano sounds splendidly grainy, transparent and powerful, often overwhelming Faust’s gut-stringed violin in Brahms’s louder moments, but blending ideally in the elegiac slow movements.” The Observer, 27th September 2015 ***

“[a] beautifully balanced performance, and the warmth and intimacy of the recording is an excellent match.” CD Review, 5th September 2015

“Melnikov’s 1875 Bösendorfer piano sounds splendidly grainy, transparent and powerful, often overwhelming Faust’s gut-stringed violin in Brahms’s louder moments, but blending ideally in the elegiac slow movements.” The Guardian, 27th September 2015 ***

“Enthralling, lovely performances.” Gramophone Magazine, October 2015

“Isabelle Faust and Alexander Melnikov (playing an 1875 Bösendorfer) make a strong case for the work as a whole, though even their impassioned advocacy can’t quite save Dietrich’s opening movement from sounding long- winded. In Brahms’s Second and Third Violin Sonatas, the players’ sound world may be a little too muscularly lean for some tastes. Still, the musical argument is always lucid.” Irish Times, 21st October 2015

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Schumann: Chamber Music

Schumann: Chamber Music


Schumann:

Andante and Variation for two pianos Op. 46

Vladimir Ashkenazy, Malcolm Frager (pianos), Amaryllis Fleming, Terence Weil (cellos) & Barry Tuckwell (horn)

Study in Canonic Form, Op. 56 No. 4 in A flat major - Innig

Vladimir Ashkenazy, Malcolm Frager (pianos)

Adagio and Allegro in A flat major, Op. 70

Barry Tuckwell (horn) & Vladimir Ashkenazy (piano)

Romances (3), Op. 94

Heinz Holliger (oboe) & Alfred Brendel (piano)

Abendlied (No. 12 from Klavierstücke für kleine und große Kinder, Op. 85)

Heinz Holliger (oboe) & Alfred Brendel (piano)

Fantasiestücke, Op. 73

Franklin Cohen (clarinet) & Vladimir Ashkenazy (piano)

Stücke im Volkston (5), Op. 102

Mstislav Rostropovich (cello) & Benjamin Britten (piano)


Late in the 1840s, Schumann entered a chamber music phase. It was, it is said, motivated partly by financial reasons – creating a body of chamber works that could be played by talented amateurs in their own homes. Many of the works on this disc date from 1849. Significantly, for collectors, one of these – the Andante and Variations – receives its first release on CD and marks Vladimir Ashkenazy’s first recording of chamber music for Decca. The same sessions also included duo piano recordings with Malcolm Frager, from which the Study in Canon Form emanates. Other notable duo collaborations on this disc include Rostropovich and Britten (Fünf Stücke im Volkston), Holliger and Brendel (Drei Romanzen, Abendlied) and Ashkenazy with Tuckwell in the 1974 (Adagio and Allegro) and with Franklin Cohen in 1990 (Fantasiestücke).

“Schumann played by such luminaries as Ashkenazy, Holliger and Brendel, culminating in a spellbinding account by Rostropovich and Britten of the five cello and piano pieces Op. 102.” BBC Music Magazine, August 2013 *****

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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.

“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

“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

“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

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Colours of the French Horn

Colours of the French Horn


Françaix:

Divertimento

Kirchner, T:

Tre poemi

Poulenc:

Elégie for horn and piano, Op. 168

Rossini:

Prelude, Theme & Variations

Schumann:

Romances (3), Op. 94

Adagio and Allegro in A flat major, Op. 70

Strauss, R:

Andante for Horn and Piano in C major, AV86a


Szabolcz Zempléni (horn) & Peter Nagy (piano)

In 2005, Szabolcz Zempléni won First Prize in the International ARD Music Competition in Munich and since then has pursued an international career. Having worked under the direction of Ivan Fischer, Yakov Kreizburg and Jonathan Nott previously, here he performs works by Strauss, Schumann, Rossini, Françaix, Poulenc and Kirchner.

“Szabolcs Zempléni’s lovely horn sound will convince you. It’s beautifully coloured, rich and with a soft vibrato which never gets in the way. His playing is ripely assertive but never too loud or overbearing – this is a disc of horn and piano works, not a solo recital...A horn recital disc for those who think they don’t like horn recitals.” Graham Rickson, The Arts Desk, 16th July 2011

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Schumann - Music for cello and piano

Schumann - Music for cello and piano


Schumann:

Fantasiestücke, Op. 73

Adagio and Allegro in A flat major, Op. 70

Violin Sonata No. 3 in A minor, WoO 27

arranged by Steven Isserlis

Abendlied (No. 12 from Klavierstücke für kleine und große Kinder, Op. 85)

Romances (3), Op. 94

Stücke im Volkston (5), Op. 102


‘There is no composer to whom I feel closer than to Schumann. He has been a beloved friend since I was a child; I remain as fascinated today as I was then by his unique blend of poetry, ecstatic strength and confessional intimacy.’ Steven Isserlis’s own words give the background to this fascinating disc.

Schumann’s affection for the cello ran deep. It was an instrument he had played in his youth, and considered taking up again when, at the age of twenty-two, an accident to his hand forced him to relinquish his dream of being a virtuoso pianist. ‘I want to take up the violoncello again (one needs only the left hand for this) and it will be very useful to me in composing symphonies’, he wrote to his mother. The sound of the cello played without the right hand would have been somewhat minimalist; but his love for the instrument is clearly demonstrated by the cello parts in all four of his symphonies, as well as in the concertos for piano and violin, and of course throughout his chamber music. As the great musicologist Donald Francis Tovey put it: ‘The qualities of the violoncello are exactly those of the beloved dreamer whom we know as Schumann.’

“Isserlis’s passion for Schumann overcomes the composer’s threadbare cello repertoire with this selection of works. But Abendlied still charms, an octave down, and the Stücke im Volkston is a blast of untranscribed Technicolor, picked out with vigour, charisma and delicacy.” The Times, 28th February 2009 ***

“This music sings and soars, flying to the instrument's highest reaches with dreamy eloquence and a sense of rightness, even though some of the works were intended for other instruments...with pianist Dénes Várjon as equal partner, [Isserlis] plays with fierceness and soul.” The Observer, 21st February 2009

“The really exciting performance here is Steven Isserlis's transcription of Schumann's valedictory Third Sonata: it's as if he's been preparing all his life to launch into its dark storm. This fabulously virtuosic and psychologically complex work forces his musicianship up to a new level. It's full of fiendish passages, lying extremely awkwardly on the instrument, but, even in the Finale, Isserlis masters these explosive flourishes and has the vital impetus to make an eccentric work feel whole.” BBC Music Magazine, April 2009 *****

“Perhaps the most ravishing item on the disc is the poignant Abendlied, arranged by Joachim from its piano duet form but then further borrowed by Isserlis, playing it down an octave. In his hands it's as moving a wordless Lied as anything you could imagine. For all that Isserlis has made many wonderful recordings, not least his seminal Bach Suites, I think this might just be his finest yet, with warmly detailed sound... and a typically acute note from the cellist himself.” Gramophone Magazine, May 2009

“If the Five Pieces in Folk Mode, Op 102, actually written for the cello, stand out from the rest, the whole programme is a delight, as both artists catch the music’s poetic ebb and flow to perfection” Sunday Times, 15th March 2009 ****

“Steven Isserlis has long been a stalwart champion of Schumann, through his advocacy of not only the often-maligned Concerto but also the chamber works. For this disc he has had to beg, borrow and steal but the results absolutely justify the means.
In the wrong hands, a work such as the Fantasiestücke, Op 73 (which Isserlis plays in its earliest incarnation), can sound a touch seasick, with too much swelling through every phrase, and a loss of the overall shape as a result. But how well Isserlis paces everything; some of his tempi are quite spacious but this gives the music a wonderfully considered and luxuriant aspect; the results never ever sound contrived. That's partly to do with Isserlis's sound (extravagantly he uses not one but two Strads on this recording), which has a very focused centre to it, but also his utterly innate relationship with pianist Dénes Várjon.
Perhaps the most ravishing item on the disc is the poignant Abendlied, arranged by Joachim from its piano duet form but then further borrowed by Isserlis, playing it down an octave. In his hands it's as moving a wordless Lied as anything you could imagine.
The substantial work here, though, is the Third Violin Sonata. Two of its movements – the Intermezzo and finale – originated in the multi-composer 'FAE' Sonata written for Joachim (for which Brahms famously wrote the Scherzo). Schumann later added two more movements to form his last large-scale work. It decisively refutes the theory that he had – metaphorically and literally – lost the plot by this stage. While it certainly doesn't conform to standard 19th-century sonata form, in Isserlis's hands it's a work of compelling power, whether in the terrifying scherzo sections of the second movement or the dreamy Intermezzo, a muchneeded point of repose in a work of great tumult.
The disc ends with the Fünf Stücke im Volkston, and finds Schumann in a more folky idiom. Too often these pieces can sound like an awkward amalgam of styles, but Isserlis again is utterly inside them, revealing Schumann's innovation even at this late stage, from the edginess of the first, via the tender, Brahmsian second one to the spirited fifth piece, where Mendelssohn collides with Bartók.
For all that Isserlis has made many wonderful recordings, not least his seminal Bach Suites, this might just be his finest yet, with warmly detailed sound and a typically acute note from the cellist himself.”
Gramophone Classical Music Guide, 2010

“For any collector wishing to explore Schumann's music for cello and piano, Isserlis and Varjon are the obvious partnership of choice, and it is hard to imagine such superlative performances being easily matched, even less displaced.” International Record Review, July/August 2011

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Schumann: Violin Sonatas Nos. 1 & 2

Schumann: Violin Sonatas Nos. 1 & 2


Schumann:

Romances (3), Op. 94

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

Violin Sonata No. 2 in D minor, Op. 121


Anthony Marwood (violin), Susan Tomes (piano)

“The best performances of these pieces on disc” Gramophone Magazine

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Schumann: Music for Clarinet

Schumann: Music for Clarinet


Schumann:

Trauer (No. 4 from Klavierstücke für kleine und große Kinder, Op. 85)

Romances (3), Op. 94

Fantasiestücke, Op. 73

Abendlied (No. 12 from Klavierstücke für kleine und große Kinder, Op. 85)

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

Pierre Lenert (alto viola)

In der Nacht, Op. 74 No. 4

Pierre Lenert (alto viola)

Schumann, Clara:

Romances (3), Op. 22


Patrick Messina (clarinet) & Fabrizio Chiovetta (piano)

Clarinetist Patrick Messina and pianist Fabrizio Chiovetta invite us to a journey through Schumann's poetic universe, from romance to fantasy and to narrative. What better way to convey the inexpressible imagination of a composer than through the intimacy of chamber music and the mellow timbre of the clarinet in particular? The disc features works from Robert Schumann's productive years and includes a transcription made by the artists for the clarinet, the ideal autumnal, lyrical instrument. A duo with the viola player Pierre Lenert enhances the expressive palette of the disc. Also included are Clara Schumann's 'Drei Romanzen' Op. 22 whose inspiration happens to coincide with Robert's in this beautiful chamber music programme.

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Stoltzman Plays Schumann & Schubert

Stoltzman Plays Schumann & Schubert


Schubert:

Sonata (Sonatina) for violin & piano in D major, D384 (Op. posth. 137 No. 1)

(arr. for clarinet)

Sonata (Sonatina) for violin & piano in A minor, D385 (Op. posth. 137 No. 2)

(arr. for clarinet)

Schumann:

Fantasiestücke, Op. 73

Romances (3), Op. 94


Richard Stoltzman (clarinet), Richard Goode (piano)

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Schumann R: Sonatas & Romances, Schumann C: Romances, Brahms: Violin Sonata No. 3

Schumann R: Sonatas & Romances, Schumann C: Romances, Brahms: Violin Sonata No. 3


Brahms:

Violin Sonata No. 3 in D minor, Op. 108

Schumann:

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

Romances (3), Op. 94

Schumann, Clara:

Romances (3), Op. 22


Clara-Jumi Kang (violin), Yeol Eum Son (piano)

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