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Schumann: Die Drei Violinsonaten; Ferdinand David: Sechzehn Charakterstucke

Schumann / David / Turban / Kuen
Release Date: 03/29/2011 
Label:  Telos   Catalog #: 98   Spars Code: DDD 
Composer:  Robert SchumannFerdinand David
Performer:  Ingolf TurbanLukas Maria Kuen
Number of Discs: 2 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 2 Hours 1 Mins. 

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Notes and Editorial Reviews



SCHUMANN Violin Sonatas: Nos. 1–3. DAVID Character Pieces Ingolf Turban (vn); Lukas Maria Kuen (pn) TELOS 098 (2 CDs: 121:03)


Ingolf Turban is a name totally new to me. According to the notes, he lives in Munich with his family, has concertized all over the world, and has produced more than 30 albums and was once a university professor in Stuttgart. How did I ever miss this guy? One thing I can tell you for certain—he knows how to play Read more Schumann, and knows very well. While I would have to go back and listen to all of my Schuman violin sonata albums to be absolutely sure, I am fairly convinced that as of this writing these readings now move to the top of my “recommended” list.


It’s not that Turban plays with an uninhibited passion in this music—though that does have a lot to do with it; it’s that he also displays such an authoritative sense of reckless abandon that stretches the limits within a very controlled feeling of the structure of these pieces. Schumann of course was one who tried to redefine what structure in music really meant, but even in some of his most anti-formal pieces that sentiment sits only on the surface—underneath he is as concerned about integration, development, and connecting tissue in his music as anyone. His two 1851 sonatas (opp. 105 and 121) are especially indebted to Mendelssohnian ethics, though they depart from his dear friend in the manner that Schumann was able to superimpose a more fervent romantic disposition over his formal structures, giving the illusion that he had in fact transcended those same structures. He would have been horrified to think that someone thought his music anything less than formally secure. Turban brings just this sense of walking the tightrope between formality and freedom, and his readings of all three works are spontaneous in feeling while retaining a masterly sense of control.


The selected works by Gewandhaus Orchestra concertmaster Ferdinand David, who so helped Mendelssohn with his Violin Concerto and many other composers as well, surprise me greatly in their fully absorbed and nothing-lacking Schumann style. If you do not know these pieces and heard them unawares, you might swear that they were by the eminent Leipziger and not by the violinist. The four groups of pieces here are culled from David’s Salon Pieces, On Vacation , and Varied Series. They are all never less than engaging, and while several do retreat into parlor-smack every once in a while, you won’t find anything here that makes you want to change tracks, especially as they are played with such outstanding commitment by Turban and pianist Kuen.


I can recommend this with no little enthusiasm as, at the very least, equal to any album of Schumann violin sonatas on the market, and the second-disc David pieces make for some nice frosting.


FANFARE: Steven E. Ritter
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Works on This Recording

1.
Sonata for Violin and Piano no 1 in A minor, Op. 105 by Robert Schumann
Performer:  Ingolf Turban (Violin), Lukas Maria Kuen (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1851; Germany 
Date of Recording: 04/11/2010 
Venue:  Live  Hochschule für Musik und Theater München 
Length: 18 Minutes 16 Secs. 
2.
Sonata for Violin and Piano no 2 in D minor, Op. 121 by Robert Schumann
Performer:  Lukas Maria Kuen (Piano), Ingolf Turban (Violin)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1851; Germany 
Date of Recording: 04/11/2010 
Venue:  Live  Hochschule für Musik und Theater München 
Length: 34 Minutes 12 Secs. 
3.
Sonata for Violin and Piano no 3 in A minor, WoO 27 by Robert Schumann
Performer:  Lukas Maria Kuen (Piano), Ingolf Turban (Violin)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1853; Germany 
Date of Recording: 04/11/2010 
Venue:  Live  Hochschule für Musik und Theater München 
Length: 20 Minutes 55 Secs. 
4.
Romanze in E flat major for violin & piano, Op. 28/4 (Salonstücke) by Ferdinand David
Performer:  Lukas Maria Kuen (Piano), Ingolf Turban (Violin)
Date of Recording: 01/19/2010 
Venue:  Live  Hochschule für Musik und Theater München 
Length: 2 Minutes 43 Secs. 
5.
Barcarole in A flat major for violin & piano, Op. 28/5 (Salonstücke) by Ferdinand David
Performer:  Lukas Maria Kuen (Piano), Ingolf Turban (Violin)
Date of Recording: 01/19/2010 
Venue:  Live  Hochschule für Musik und Theater München 
Length: 2 Minutes 34 Secs. 
6.
Rondo in D major for violin & piano, Op. 24/5 (Salonstücke) by Ferdinand David
Performer:  Ingolf Turban (Violin), Lukas Maria Kuen (Piano)
Date of Recording: 01/19/2010 
Venue:  Live  Hochschule für Musik und Theater München 
Length: 2 Minutes 58 Secs. 
7.
Impromptu in E major for violin & piano, Op. 24/9 (Salonstücke) by Ferdinand David
Performer:  Lukas Maria Kuen (Piano), Ingolf Turban (Violin)
Date of Recording: 01/19/2010 
Venue:  Live  Hochschule für Musik und Theater München 
Length: 3 Minutes 28 Secs. 
8.
Bunte Reihe, Op. 30, für violine und klavier: Serenade gis-Moll by Ferdinand David
Performer:  Lukas Maria Kuen (Piano), Ingolf Turban (Violin)
Date of Recording: 01/19/2010 
Venue:  Live  Hochschule für Musik und Theater München 
Length: 2 Minutes 49 Secs. 
9.
Bunte Reihe, Op. 30, für violine und klavier: Impromptu B-Dur by Ferdinand David
Performer:  Lukas Maria Kuen (Piano), Ingolf Turban (Violin)
Date of Recording: 01/19/2010 
Venue:  Live  Hochschule für Musik und Theater München 
Length: 2 Minutes 12 Secs. 
10.
Bunte Reihe, Op. 30, für violine und klavier: In russischer Weise b-Moll by Ferdinand David
Performer:  Lukas Maria Kuen (Piano), Ingolf Turban (Violin)
Date of Recording: 01/19/2010 
Venue:  Live  Hochschule für Musik und Theater München 
Length: 2 Minutes 18 Secs. 
11.
Bunte Reihe, Op. 30, für violine und klavier: Lied H-Dur by Ferdinand David
Performer:  Ingolf Turban (Violin), Lukas Maria Kuen (Piano)
Date of Recording: 01/19/2010 
Venue:  Live  Hochschule für Musik und Theater München 
Length: 1 Minutes 42 Secs. 
12.
Bunte Reihe, Op. 30, für violine und klavier: Capriccio h-Moll by Ferdinand David
Performer:  Ingolf Turban (Violin), Lukas Maria Kuen (Piano)
Date of Recording: 01/19/2010 
Venue:  Live  Hochschule für Musik und Theater München 
Length: 1 Minutes 52 Secs. 
13.
Ariette in F sharp minor for violin & piano, Op. 47 (Aus der Ferienzeit) by Ferdinand David
Performer:  Ingolf Turban (Violin), Lukas Maria Kuen (Piano)
Date of Recording: 01/19/2010 
Venue:  Live  Hochschule für Musik und Theater München 
Length: 3 Minutes 15 Secs. 
14.
Capriccio in D minor for violin & piano, Op. 49 (Aus der Ferienzeit) by Ferdinand David
Performer:  Ingolf Turban (Violin), Lukas Maria Kuen (Piano)
Date of Recording: 01/19/2010 
Venue:  Live  Hochschule für Musik und Theater München 
Length: 2 Minutes 23 Secs. 
15.
Menuett in G minor for violin & piano, Op. 50 (Aus der Ferienzeit) by Ferdinand David
Performer:  Ingolf Turban (Violin), Lukas Maria Kuen (Piano)
Date of Recording: 01/19/2010 
Venue:  Live  Hochschule für Musik und Theater München 
Length: 4 Minutes 12 Secs. 
16.
Im Walde in E minor for violin & piano, Op. 50 (Aus der Ferienzeit) by Ferdinand David
Performer:  Ingolf Turban (Violin), Lukas Maria Kuen (Piano)
Date of Recording: 01/19/2010 
Venue:  Live  Hochschule für Musik und Theater München 
Length: 3 Minutes 20 Secs. 
17.
Klage in F minor for violin & piano, Op. 36/1 (Salonstücke) by Ferdinand David
Performer:  Lukas Maria Kuen (Piano), Ingolf Turban (Violin)
Date of Recording: 01/19/2010 
Venue:  Live  Hochschule für Musik und Theater München 
Length: 3 Minutes 28 Secs. 
18.
Lied in C minor for violin & piano, Op. 36/5 (Salonstücke) by Ferdinand David
Performer:  Lukas Maria Kuen (Piano), Ingolf Turban (Violin)
Date of Recording: 01/19/2010 
Venue:  Live  Hochschule für Musik und Theater München 
Length: 2 Minutes 30 Secs. 
19.
Agitato in C minor for violin & piano, Op. 36/3 (Salonstücke) by Ferdinand David
Performer:  Lukas Maria Kuen (Piano), Ingolf Turban (Violin)
Date of Recording: 01/19/2010 
Venue:  Live  Hochschule für Musik und Theater München 
Length: 4 Minutes 26 Secs. 

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