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Schumann: Piano Works & Chamber Music Vol 3 / Tamestit, Leleux


Release Date: 03/11/2008 
Label:  Alpha Productions   Catalog #: 121   Spars Code: n/a 
Composer:  Robert Schumann
Performer:  Eric Le SageFrançois LeleuxPaul MeyerJean-Guihen Queyras,   ... 
Number of Discs: 2 
Recorded in: Stereo 
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Notes and Editorial Reviews

This pair of discs contains virtually all of Schumann’s late chamber music – only the G minor Piano Trio of 1851 is missing. The two great violin sonatas, also from 1851, have long been part of the core repertoire, but a third sonata composed right at the end of Schumann’s career was suppressed by Clara Schumann and Brahms, and didn’t see the light of day until the mid-1950s. Two of its movements originated in a collaborative ‘greetings’ sonata composed in honour of Josef Joachim’s visit to Düsseldorf in 1853 (the scherzo was furnished by Brahms), and Schumann subsequently expanded his contribution to form a complete sonata of his own – a more hermetic work than its predecessors, but scarcely less beautiful. It’s been recorded on Read more several occasions, though you’re still unlikely to encounter it in the concert-hall. The rest of the music here consists of sets of short duos intended for domestic performance, several of them finding Schumann exploring largely untried instrumental combinations. Their musical quality is unvaryingly high, and it’s good to hear them so sympathetically played, with the fine pianist Eric Le Sage acting as the linchpin throughout. Gordan Nikolitch’s performances of the violin sonatas are very impressive, too: impassioned playing, with colours imaginatively varied, but never exaggeratedly expressive. All in all, an ideal introduction to the world of late Schumann.

Performance: *****
Sound: *****

-- BBC Music Magazine
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Works on This Recording

1.
Romances (3) for Oboe and Piano, Op. 94 by Robert Schumann
Performer:  Eric Le Sage (Piano), François Leleux (Oboe)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1849; Germany 
Length: 12 Minutes 17 Secs. 
2.
Phantasiestücke (3) for Clarinet and Piano, Op. 73 by Robert Schumann
Performer:  Paul Meyer (Clarinet), Eric Le Sage (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1849; Germany 
Length: 10 Minutes 45 Secs. 
3.
Stücke (5) im Volkston for Cello and Piano, Op. 102 by Robert Schumann
Performer:  Jean-Guihen Queyras (Cello), Eric Le Sage (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1849; Germany 
Length: 15 Minutes 22 Secs. 
4.
Märchenbilder for Viola and Piano, Op. 113 by Robert Schumann
Performer:  Eric Le Sage (Piano), Antoine Tamestit (Viola)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1851; Germany 
Length: 9 Minutes 26 Secs. 
5.
Märchenerzählungen for Clarinet, Viola and Piano, Op. 132 by Robert Schumann
Performer:  Antoine Tamestit (Viola), Paul Meyer (Clarinet), Eric Le Sage (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1853; Germany 
Length: 14 Minutes 17 Secs. 
6.
Adagio and Allegro for Horn/Cello and Piano in A flat major, Op. 70 by Robert Schumann
Performer:  Bruno Schneider (French Horn), Eric Le Sage (Piano)
Length: 8 Minutes 9 Secs. 
7.
Sonata for Violin and Piano no 1 in A minor, Op. 105 by Robert Schumann
Performer:  Gordan Nikolic (Violin), Eric Le Sage (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1851; Germany 
Length: 17 Minutes 16 Secs. 
8.
Sonata for Violin and Piano no 2 in D minor, Op. 121 by Robert Schumann
Performer:  Gordan Nikolic (Violin), Eric Le Sage (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1851; Germany 
Length: 34 Minutes 9 Secs. 
9.
Sonata for Violin and Piano no 3 in A minor, WoO 27 by Robert Schumann
Performer:  Gordan Nikolic (Violin), Eric Le Sage (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1853; Germany 
Length: 20 Minutes 40 Secs. 

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