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Clara Schumann: Piano Trio; Franz Schubert: Quartet Rosamunde; Trio D471

Schubert / Tetzlaff / Weithaas / Gerhardt
Release Date: 09/10/2013 
Label:  Cavi Music   Catalog #: 8553294   Spars Code: DDD 
Composer:  Franz SchubertClara Wieck Schumann
Performer:  Christian TetzlaffAntje WeithaasTanja TetzlaffRachel Roberts,   ... 
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 1 Hours 9 Mins. 

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Notes and Editorial Reviews

C. SCHUMANN Piano Trio in g. SCHUBERT String Quartet No. 13 in a, “Rosamunde” . String Trio in B? Gunilla Süssman (pn); Antje Weithaas, Christian Tetzlaff, Gergana Gergova (vn); Rachel Roberts, Wolkver Jacobsen (va); Alban Gerhardt (vc) DEUTSCHLANDFUNK 8553294 (68:40)

Reading almost anything written about Clara Schumann, I am reminded somehow of Anne Brontë, a fine novelist Read more who was the talented sister to two geniuses. Anne can’t win in the critical world, and Clara, who besides being reputedly one of the best pianists of her era was one of its better composers, can’t win either. The annotator to this collection of live performances from the Spannungen Chamber Festival virtually apologizes for Schumann as a good student who, sad to say, never learned “that rules are meant to be broken.” It strikes me that, living with Robert Schumann, and hearing his works, Clara Schumann had plenty of opportunities to realize that rules could be broken. Perhaps his pathology made her leery of going outside certain boundaries. Nonetheless, I find her Piano Trio a mostly pleasing work with touching themes that aren’t necessarily developed as compellingly as those of the greatest of her contemporaries. But the Finale is memorable and lively.

Schubert is the greater companion here. The String Quartet is played almost carefully, or at least to my mind with not the most desirable fervor. Lines meant to fade sensitively seem rather to peter out. I prefer my recordings by the Italian Quartet, the Guarneris and the Emerson Quartet. The playful String Trio is performed well, but still I would pick up this disc mainly for the Schumann.

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Works on This Recording

Quartet for Strings no 13 in A minor, D 804/Op. 29 no 1 "Rosamunde" by Franz Schubert
Performer:  Christian Tetzlaff (Violin), Antje Weithaas (Violin), Tanja Tetzlaff (Cello),
Rachel Roberts (Viola)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1824; Vienna, Austria 
Date of Recording: 06/05/2012 
Venue:  Live  Heimbach, Germany (Wasserkraftwerk, Hydr 
Length: 32 Minutes 51 Secs. 
Trio for Violin, Viola & Cello in B flat major, D 471: Allegro by Franz Schubert
Performer:  Alban Gerhardt (Cello), Volker Jacobsen (Viola), Gergana Gergova (Violin)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1816 
Date of Recording: 06/04/2012 
Venue:  Live  Heimbach, Germany (Wasserkraftwerk, Hydr 
Length: 7 Minutes 46 Secs. 
Trio for Piano and Strings in G minor, Op. 17 by Clara Wieck Schumann
Performer:  Gunilla Süssmann (Piano), Antje Weithaas (Violin), Tanja Tetzlaff (Cello)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1846; Germany 
Date of Recording: 06/05/2012 
Venue:  Live  Heimbach, Germany (Wasserkraftwerk, Hydr 
Length: 27 Minutes 2 Secs. 

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