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Robert & Clara Schumann: Piano Works from Dresden 1845 - 1849
This CD includes Robert Schumann’s 4 Marches Op. 76 and 4 Fugues Op. 72, as well as Clara Schumann’s 3 Preludes and Fugues Op. 16. Tobias Koch is considered one of the most versatile and distinguished keyboard artists of his generation and specializes in period performance. Here he performs on an 1852 Erard Concert Grand.
Ilona Timchenko plays Schumann & Brahms
Russian pianist Ilona Timchenko is one of the two winners of the Abstract Securities Landor Competition 2007, impressing the panel with her virtuoso technique and the stunning beauty of her playing.
The recital combines works from three closely aligned figures in German 19th Century composition, Johannes Brahms and Robert Schumann and his wife Clara.
On the recording, Clara Schumann’s intricately worked 3 Preludes and Fugues opus 16 separate two of the most formidably virtuosic and acutely emotional works in the Romantic canon, Robert Schumann’s passionate and impulsive Kreisleriana opus 16, dedicated to Clara, and Brahms’ Paganini Variations Books 1 and 2.
Although a rare visitor to the UK, Ilona Timchenko, who is on a long-term contract with Landor Records, is a regular guest at many of the world’s leading concert halls, including Vienna’s Musikverein, Amsterdam’s Concertgebouw and the Great Hall of the Moscow Conservatoire.
“Cradling Clara Schumann's three Preludes andFugues between two outsize challenges, Ilona Timchenko links three composers closely entwined both personally and professionally.
More importantly, her warmth in Clara's Men- delssohnian B flat Prelude and Fugue, where a much-neglected composer doffs her hat to academe, is complemented by an astonishing sense of Robert's ominously schizophrenic fantasy in his Kreisleriana. Clara herself feared for her husband with his sudden dive into the darkest regions of Romantic poetry (Intermezzo 2 from section 2) and it is here that Timchenko, with her superb sense of the outgoing and interior sides of Schumann's teeming imagination, reveals herself in total accord with such richness and complexity. Her stealthy view of the final gnomic march, alive with eerie voicing and cross-accentuation, has rarely been equalled; again it is her formidable command and poetic commitment that make such a musical rather than merely athletic experience of Brahms's Paganini Variations. Romantically free, even in the theme, she takes nothing on face value.
Potton Hall's sound is rich and full, if a trifle bass-heavy, but this is among the most commanding and musically fascinating of all new and recent piano issues.” Gramophone Classical Music Guide, 2010
“…performances characterised by immense musical and technical resource. ..her warmth in Clara's Mendelssohnian B flat Prelude and Fugue, where… is complemented by an astonishing sense of Robert's ominously schizophrenic fantasy in his Kreisleriana. …it is her formidable command and poetic commitment that make such a musical rather than merely athletic experience of Brahms's Paganini Variations. ...this is among the most commanding and musically fascinating of all new and recent piano issues.” Gramophone Magazine, March 2009
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Clara Schumann: Complete Piano Works
Piano Sonata in G minor
Romanze in B minor
Impromptu in E major
Romanze in A minor
Scherzo, Op. 10
Deuxieme Scherzo, Op. 14
Präludium in F minor
Soiree musicale Op. 6
Etude in A flat major
Marsch in E flat major
Präludien & Fugen (3), Op. 16
Variations sur un thème de Robert Schumann, Op. 20
Trois Romances, Op. 11
Romance variée, Op. 3
Caprices en forme de Valse, Op. 2
Souvenir de Vienne, Op. 9
Valses romantiques, Op. 4
Variations de Concert, Op. 8
4 Polonaises, Op. 1
4 Pièces Caractéristiques, Op. 5
Pieces fugitives Op. 15
Präludium & Fuge in F sharp minor
3 Fugen über Themen von J. S. Bach
Romanze Op. 21
Jozef De Beenhouwer (piano)
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