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Romantic Inspirations - Music Of Robert & Clara Schumann

Schumann,R & C Young Soloists Of Kronberg Academy
Release Date: 03/29/2011 
Label:  Profil   Catalog #: 10071   Spars Code: n/a 
Composer:  Robert SchumannUnspecifiedClara Wieck Schumann
Performer:  Anna NarettoPeijun XuNicolai GerassimezGabriel Adriano Schwabe,   ... 
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 0 Hours 57 Mins. 

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Notes and Editorial Reviews

SCHUMANN Märchenbilder. 3 Romances. Widmung. Fantasy Pieces. Adagio and Allegro. C. SCHUMANN 3 Romances, op. 22 Kronberg Academy Masters PROFIL 10071 (57:40)

These young performers are all members of the Kronberg Academy Masters, a foundation established in connection with the Frankfurt University of Music and the Performing Read more Arts that is dedicated to assisting young and talented artists pursuing performing careers by mentoring them with established musicians. The performers on this recital demonstrate the effectiveness and quality of the program.

Though the title of this disc is Romantic Inspirations: The music of Robert and Clara Schumann , we see that the lion’s share of the music belongs to Robert. This is not unusual, as most other compilations I have seen sort of short-shrift Clara as well. But her Three Romances for violin and piano were composed relatively late in Robert’s career, and were probably inspired by the family acquaintance of Joseph Joachim that was made at that time. The pieces are fully professional and quite entertaining, showing Clara to be no mean melodist herself—I wish there was more here, and there is certainly room for it.

Robert’s works are the standards usually given from his “late chamber music” year of 1849. Though he wrote them for specific instruments (op. 94: oboe, op. 73: clarinet, op. 70: horn, op. 113: viola), he was pragmatic enough to not be too doctrinaire about instrumentation, and all of these works have been played on alternative instruments. Only the viola-bred Märchenbilder retains its pristine scoring on this recording.

Those wanting the original intentions of the composer will have to look elsewhere, but that should not reflect poorly on these excellent performances. It is always exciting to me to hear young people perform Schumann. After all, he really never had a chance to grow old, was the consummate romantic, and it is fascinating to hear what his passion brings out in a young performer. These folks seem determined to let no stone go unturned as far as empathy for the romantic nature of these works is concerned, and though they do keep things within tasteful boundaries, they also are not afraid to give the Schumanns their full due in terms of fervency and strong emotion. The sound here can be a little boisterous for my taste, but adjusting it downward really helps. Good space around the players, and each is a master of his or her instrument. Recommended.

FANFARE: Steven E. Ritter
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Works on This Recording

1.
Märchenbilder for Viola and Piano, Op. 113 by Robert Schumann
Performer:  Anna Naretto (Piano), Peijun Xu (Viola)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1851; Germany 
Date of Recording: 2010 
Venue:  Roter Saal - Streitkirche Kronberg, Muse 
Length: 14 Minutes 6 Secs. 
2.
Romances (3) for Oboe and Piano, Op. 94 by Robert Schumann
Performer:  Anna Naretto (Piano), Peijun Xu (Viola)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1849; Germany 
Date of Recording: 2010 
Venue:  Roter Saal - Streitkirche Kronberg, Muse 
Length: 11 Minutes 28 Secs. 
3.
Myrthen, Op. 25: no 1, Widmung by Robert Schumann
Performer:  Anna Naretto (Piano), Peijun Xu (Viola)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1840; Germany 
Date of Recording: 2010 
Venue:  Roter Saal - Streitkirche Kronberg, Muse 
Length: 2 Minutes 8 Secs. 
4.
Phantasiestücke (3) for Clarinet and Piano, Op. 73 by Robert Schumann
Performer:  Nicolai Gerassimez (Piano), Gabriel Adriano Schwabe (Cello)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1849; Germany 
Date of Recording: 2010 
Venue:  Roter Saal - Streitkirche Kronberg, Muse 
Length: 10 Minutes 32 Secs. 
5.
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Period: Modern 
6.
Adagio and Allegro for Cello and Piano in A flat major, Op. 70 by Robert Schumann
Performer:  Gabriel Adriano Schwabe (Cello), Nicolai Gerassimez (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1849; Germany 
Date of Recording: 2010 
Venue:  Roter Saal - Streitkirche Kronberg, Muse 
Length: 8 Minutes 32 Secs. 
7.
Romances (3) for Violin and Piano, Op. 22 by Clara Wieck Schumann
Performer:  Anna Naretto (Piano), Soojin Han (Violin)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1853; Germany 
Date of Recording: 2010 
Venue:  Roter Saal - Streitkirche Kronberg, Muse 
Length: 9 Minutes 19 Secs. 

Sound Samples

3 Romanzen, Op. 22: No. 1 Andante molto
3 Romanzen, Op. 22: No. 2. Allegretto
3 Romanzen, Op. 22: No. 3. Leidenschaftlich schnell
Marchenbilder (Fairy Tales), Op. 113: I. Nicht schnell
Marchenbilder (Fairy Tales), Op. 113: II. Lebhaft
Marchenbilder (Fairy Tales), Op. 113: III. Rasch
Marchenbilder (Fairy Tales), Op. 113: IV. Langsam, mit melancholischem Ausdruck
3 Romanzen, Op. 94 (arr. for viola and piano): No. 1. Nicht schnell
3 Romanzen, Op. 94 (arr. for viola and piano): No. 2. Einfach, innig
3 Romanzen, Op. 94 (arr. for viola and piano): No. 3. Nicht schnell
Myrthen, Op. 25 (arr. for viola and piano): Myrthen, Op. 25: No. 1. Widmung (arr. for viola and piano)
Fantasiestucke, Op. 73: No. 1. Zart und mit Ausdruck
Fantasiestucke, Op. 73: No. 2. Lebhaft, leicht
Fantasiestucke, Op. 73: No. 3. Rasch und mit Feuer
Adagio and Allegro, Op. 70

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