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Schumann: Cello Concerto, Piano Concerto, Etc/ Du Pré, Et Al


Release Date: 03/25/2003 
Label:  Emi Classics Encore Catalog #: 74755   Spars Code: ADD 
Composer:  Robert Schumann
Performer:  Jacqueline Du PréDaniel Barenboim
Conductor:  Daniel BarenboimDietrich Fischer-Dieskau
Orchestra/Ensemble:  New Philharmonia OrchestraLondon Philharmonic Orchestra
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 1 Hours 14 Mins. 

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Notes and Editorial Reviews

At the piano this time, Barenboim’s tempo fluctuations have greater shape and specificity, helped by Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau’s clear support.

You cannot deny the big-boned exuberance and animal energy Jacqueline du Pré brings to the Schumann Cello Concerto. Subtle she ain’t. Abetted by Daniel Barenboim’s indulgent baton, the cellist stretches the slow movement’s lyrical phrases to the point where the music’s rhythmic center dissipates (this doesn’t happen in her equally impassioned live collaboration with Leonard Bernstein and the New York Philharmonic). Notice, too, how her high notes often vibrate into microtonal regions around the written pitch, and how the 16th-note orchestral tuttis in the last movement
Read more are soggy and not well defined compared to the disciplined, elegant Starker/Giulini edition or the comparably freewheeling Rostropovich/Bernstein.

While the works for piano and orchestra have less dynamic heft and resonant warmth from a sonic standpoint (the piano is dryly miked and overly prominent in the mix), they offer more musical satisfaction. At the piano this time, Barenboim’s tempo fluctuations have greater shape and specificity, helped by Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau’s clear support. Barenboim admirably projects the concerto Finale’s rapid, spinning patterns as viable melodies and generally plays with more intimacy and refinement than in his live encounter with Celibidache from many years later. For sheer power and textural diversity, however, I’d choose Serkin or Ashkenazy for both works, while the gorgeously detailed and poetic Moravec remains my top Schumann Piano Concerto recording recommendation from the 1970s (not that it’s exactly been surpassed!).

- Jed Distler, ClassicsToday.com Read less

Works on This Recording

1.
Concerto for Cello in A minor, Op. 129 by Robert Schumann
Performer:  Jacqueline Du Pré (Cello)
Conductor:  Daniel Barenboim
Orchestra/Ensemble:  New Philharmonia Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1850; Germany 
2.
Concerto for Piano in A minor, Op. 54 by Robert Schumann
Performer:  Daniel Barenboim (Piano)
Conductor:  Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau
Orchestra/Ensemble:  London Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1841-1845; Germany 
3.
Introduction and Allegro appassionato for Piano and Orchestra in G major, Op. 92 by Robert Schumann
Performer:  Daniel Barenboim (Piano)
Conductor:  Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau
Orchestra/Ensemble:  London Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1849; Germany 

Sound Samples

Cello Concerto in A minor Op. 129 (1992 Digital Remaster): Nicht zu schnell -
Cello Concerto in A minor Op. 129 (1992 Digital Remaster): Langsam - Etwas lebhafter - Schneller -
Cello Concerto in A minor Op. 129 (1992 Digital Remaster): Sehr lebhaft - (Cadenza) - Im Tempo - Schneller
Introduction and Allegro appassionato Op. 92 (1992 Digital Remaster)
Piano Concerto in A minor Op. 54 (1992 Digital Remaster): Allegro affettuoso - Andante espressivo - Tempo 1 - Cadenza - Allegro molto
Piano Concerto in A minor Op. 54 (1992 Digital Remaster): Intermezzo (Andantino grazioso)
Piano Concerto in A minor Op. 54 (1992 Digital Remaster): Allegro vivace

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