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Beloved Clara - Schumann, Brahms, Et Al / Lucy Parham, Et Al


Release Date: 07/17/2007 
Label:  Asv   Catalog #: 1185   Spars Code: DDD 
Composer:  Felix MendelssohnRobert SchumannClara Wieck SchumannJohannes Brahms,   ... 
Performer:  Lucy Parham
Conductor:  Barry Wordsworth
Orchestra/Ensemble:  BBC Concert Orchestra
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 1 Hours 20 Mins. 

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Notes and Editorial Reviews

This is a beautifully put - together portrait of one of classical music’s most romantic and tragic marriages and it’s every bit as glamorous and star crossed as Romeo and Juliet. Brahms’s description of Schumann’s death, with Clara kneeling by his bed is almost unbearably moving. Kleenex required.

- The Guardian 24/05/08

On their wedding day in 1840, the composer Robert Schumann presented his bride Clara with a diary, proposing that they both use it to record the hopes, fears and events of their marriage. On that happy day, how could they know that only 16 years later he would have gone insane and died, and she and her seven children would have been abruptly deserted by the young Johannes Brahms, their
Read more protégé and friend? Moving extracts from the diary and their letters tell the tragic story. Martin Jarvis and Joanna David perform with touching sensitivity, and pianist Lucy Parham provides another eloquent “voice”, playing the music that all three composed in the turmoil of their passionate lives. Executed with talent and flair.

- The Sunday Times (London) - 30/09/07

This is a well-recorded and well-played disc that can join the list of great Schumann interpretations and give pleasure to aficionados of Schumann’s piano music. Parham has the right temperament for Schumann’s two-sided musical personality, creating a spontaneous, ebullient effect in the extroverted music, and a sensitively phrased, warm effect in the intimate, introspective music.

- Fanfare
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Works on This Recording

1. Songs without words, vol 5, Op. 62: no 6, Andante grazioso in A major "Spring Song" by Felix Mendelssohn
Performer:  Lucy Parham (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1842; Germany 
Venue:  Potton Hall, Suffolk, England 
Length: 2 Minutes 28 Secs. 
Notes: Potton Hall, Suffolk, England (07/19/2001 - 07/20/2001) 
2. Concerto for Piano in A minor, Op. 54: 1st movement, Allegro affettuoso - Opening by Robert Schumann
Performer:  Lucy Parham (Piano)
Conductor:  Barry Wordsworth
Orchestra/Ensemble:  BBC Concert Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: Germany 
Date of Recording: 05/1996 
Venue:  Air Studios, London, England 
Length: 0 Minutes 50 Secs. 
Notes: Composition written: Germany (1841 - 1845). 
3. Phantasiestücke (8) for Piano, Op. 12: no 1, Des Abends by Robert Schumann
Performer:  Lucy Parham (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1837; Germany 
Date of Recording: 12/20/2006 
Venue:  Air Edel Studios, London, England 
Length: 1 Minutes 55 Secs. 
4. Romances (3) for Piano, Op. 11: no 1 in E flat minor by Clara Wieck Schumann
Performer:  Lucy Parham (Piano)
Date of Recording: 12/20/2006 
Venue:  Air Edel Studios, London, England 
Length: 3 Minutes 38 Secs. 
5. Sonata for Piano no 3 in F minor, Op. 5: 3rd movement, Scherzo by Johannes Brahms
Performer:  Lucy Parham (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1853; Germany 
Date of Recording: 12/20/2006 
Venue:  Air Edel Studios, London, England 
Length: 4 Minutes 48 Secs. 
6. Faschingsschwank aus Wien, Op. 26: 4th movement, Intermezzo by Robert Schumann
Performer:  Lucy Parham (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1839-1840; Germany 
Venue:  Potton Hall, Suffolk, England 
Length: 2 Minutes 8 Secs. 
Notes: Potton Hall, Suffolk, England (07/19/2001 - 07/20/2001) 
7. Pieces (6) for Piano, Op. 118: no 1, Intermezzo in A minor by Johannes Brahms
Performer:  Lucy Parham (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1892; Austria 
Date of Recording: 12/20/2006 
Venue:  Air Edel Studios, London, England 
Length: 2 Minutes 3 Secs. 
8. Romances (3) for Piano, Op. 28: no 2 in F sharp major by Robert Schumann
Performer:  Lucy Parham (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1839; Germany 
Venue:  Potton Hall, Suffolk, England 
Length: 3 Minutes 13 Secs. 
Notes: Potton Hall, Suffolk, England (07/19/2001 - 07/20/2001) 
9. Kinderszenen, Op. 15: no 7, Träumerei by Robert Schumann
Performer:  Lucy Parham (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1838; Germany 
Venue:  Potton Hall, Suffolk, England 
Length: 3 Minutes 3 Secs. 
Notes: Potton Hall, Suffolk, England (07/19/2001 - 07/20/2001) 
10. Pieces (8) for Piano, Op. 76: no 1, Capriccio in F sharp minor by Johannes Brahms
Performer:  Lucy Parham (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1878; Austria 
Venue:  Potton Hall, Suffolk, England 
Length: 3 Minutes 45 Secs. 
Notes: Potton Hall, Suffolk, England (07/19/2001 - 07/20/2001) 
11. Pieces (4) for Piano, Op. 119: no 1, Intermezzo in B minor by Johannes Brahms
Performer:  Lucy Parham (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1892; Austria 
Venue:  Potton Hall, Suffolk, England 
Length: 4 Minutes 31 Secs. 
Language: English 
Notes: Potton Hall, Suffolk, England (07/19/2001 - 07/20/2001) 
12. Widmung (Schumann) for Piano, S 566 by Franz Liszt
Performer:  Lucy Parham (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1848; Weimar, Germany 
Venue:  Potton Hall, Suffolk, England 
Length: 3 Minutes 37 Secs. 
Language: English 
Notes: Potton Hall, Suffolk, England (07/19/2001 - 07/20/2001) 
13. Kreisleriana, Op. 16: Sehr langsam by Robert Schumann
Performer:  Lucy Parham (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1838; Germany 
Venue:  Potton Hall, Suffolk, England 
Length: 2 Minutes 5 Secs. 
Notes: Potton Hall, Suffolk, England (09/28/2005 - 09/29/2005) 
14. Kreisleriana, Op. 16: 1st movement, Äußerst bewegt by Robert Schumann
Performer:  Lucy Parham (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1838; Germany 
Venue:  Potton Hall, Suffolk, England 
Length: 3 Minutes 5 Secs. 
Notes: Potton Hall, Suffolk, England (09/28/2005 - 09/29/2005) 
15. Sonata for Piano no 2 in G minor, Op. 22: 1st movement, Vivacissmo by Robert Schumann
Performer:  Lucy Parham (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: Germany 
Venue:  Potton Hall, Suffolk, England 
Length: 5 Minutes 9 Secs. 
Notes: Potton Hall, Suffolk, England (09/28/2005 - 09/29/2005)
Composition written: Germany (1833 - 1838). 

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