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Schumann: Complete Secular Choral Music / Pfaff, Studio Vocale Karlsruhe


Release Date: 09/25/2012 
Label:  Brilliant Classics   Catalog #: 94383  
Composer:  Robert SchumannClara Wieck Schumann
Conductor:  Werner Pfaff
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Studio Vocale Karlsruhe
Number of Discs: 4 
Recorded in: Stereo 
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Notes and Editorial Reviews

Spanning four CDs and featuring many a rousing performance, this release is dedicated to a fascinating yet largely unexplored facet of Robert Schumann’s output: his secular choral music.

Written during the period 1840–50 and scored for men’s, women’s and a variety of mixed voices (with or without accompaniment), the music draws on a rich choice of texts by poets such as Rückert and Burns. While some of the early songs are humoristic in character, many of the later ones – including the Drei Männerchöre – are politically oriented, reflecting the revolutionary spirit of their age. The works also represent a veritable lesson in different types of choral texture; Schumann was able to try out many of these on the
Read more two amateur groups he was in charge of directing. From the colourful use of solo voices in Drei Gedichte Op.29 to the unusual intertwining of two choruses in Vier doppelchörige Gesänge Op.141, the compilation reveals a composer intent on pushing boundaries.

That Schumann regarded choral music as an essential part of his oeuvre is revealed in various letters of the period, and yet the scepticism with which many of these late works have been greeted – due, in part, to the composer’s concurrent mental decline – has done little to increase their popularity. Highly accessible and often profoundly affecting, they deserve to be performed more often; with Schumann’s melodic and dramatic genius in full evidence, these committed readings are a must-have for both the Romantic enthusiast and choral music aficionado.

• Includes comprehensive booklet notes.
• Complete sung texts available on www.brilliantclassics.com. Read less

Works on This Recording

1.
Gedichte (3), Op. 29 by Robert Schumann
Conductor:  Werner Pfaff
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Studio Vocale Karlsruhe
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1840; Germany 
2.
Gesänge (4), Op. 59 by Robert Schumann
Conductor:  Werner Pfaff
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Studio Vocale Karlsruhe
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1846; Germany 
3.
Lieder (6), Op. 33 by Robert Schumann
Conductor:  Werner Pfaff
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Studio Vocale Karlsruhe
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1840; Germany 
4.
Lieder (5), Op. 55 by Robert Schumann
Conductor:  Werner Pfaff
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Studio Vocale Karlsruhe
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1846; Germany 
5.
Gemischte Chöre (3) by Clara Wieck Schumann
Conductor:  Werner Pfaff
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Studio Vocale Karlsruhe
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1848 
6.
Gesänge (3), Op. 31: no 3, Die rote Hanne by Robert Schumann
Conductor:  Werner Pfaff
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Studio Vocale Karlsruhe
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1840; Germany 
7.
Patriotisches Lied "Der deutsche Rhein", WoO 1 by Robert Schumann
Conductor:  Werner Pfaff
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Studio Vocale Karlsruhe
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1840; Germany 
8.
Ritornelle (8) in canonische Weisen, Op. 65 by Robert Schumann
Conductor:  Werner Pfaff
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Studio Vocale Karlsruhe
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1847 
9.
Männerchöre (3) aus dem Revolutionsjahr 1848 by Robert Schumann
Conductor:  Werner Pfaff
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Studio Vocale Karlsruhe
10.
Gesänge (3) für Männerchor, op. 62 by Robert Schumann
Conductor:  Werner Pfaff
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Studio Vocale Karlsruhe
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1847 
11.
Gesänge (5) aus Heinrich Laubes Jagdbrevier, Op. 137 by Robert Schumann
Conductor:  Werner Pfaff
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Studio Vocale Karlsruhe
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1849 
12.
Romanzen und Balladen i, Op. 67 by Robert Schumann
Conductor:  Werner Pfaff
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Studio Vocale Karlsruhe
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1849; Germany 
13.
Romanzen und Balladen ii, Op. 75 by Robert Schumann
Conductor:  Werner Pfaff
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Studio Vocale Karlsruhe
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1849; Germany 
14.
Romanzen und Balladen iii, Op. 145 by Robert Schumann
Conductor:  Werner Pfaff
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Studio Vocale Karlsruhe
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1849-1851; Germany 
15.
Romanzen und Balladen iv, Op. 146 by Robert Schumann
Conductor:  Werner Pfaff
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Studio Vocale Karlsruhe
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1849-1851; Germany 
16.
Romances i, Op. 69 by Robert Schumann
Conductor:  Werner Pfaff
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Studio Vocale Karlsruhe
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1849; Germany 
17.
Gesänge (4) for Double Chorus, Op. 141 by Robert Schumann
Conductor:  Werner Pfaff
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Studio Vocale Karlsruhe
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1849; Germany 
18.
Romances ii, Op. 91 by Robert Schumann
Conductor:  Werner Pfaff
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Studio Vocale Karlsruhe
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1849; Germany 
19.
Lieder Album für die Jugend, Op. 79: no 4, Frühlingsgrusse by Robert Schumann
Conductor:  Werner Pfaff
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Studio Vocale Karlsruhe
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1849; Germany 
20.
Lieder (3) für Frauenstimmen, Op. 114 by Robert Schumann
Conductor:  Werner Pfaff
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Studio Vocale Karlsruhe
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1853; Germany 

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 Caveat Emptor February 16, 2013 By Simon R Hughes (Mountain View, CA) See All My Reviews "Have a care, friends. That link that to the complete sung *texts* tells the truth. But are there any *translations*? Don't be silly... Won't be buying this one." Report Abuse
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