Notes and Editorial Reviews
Among Schumann’s inspired late chamber works is a collection of music for more unusual instruments, composed in a concentrated flurry of creativity between 1849 and 1853 and written specifically for particular players, and it is to these exquisite short works that the world-famous Nash Ensemble turns its impeccable collective musicianship.
While Schumann modelled his music specifically to the timbres of the instruments he wrote for—piano, violin, horn, clarinet and oboe—he also arranged these pieces for alternative instruments with an eye to maximizing sales. Here, however, the soloists from The Nash Ensemble present the works in their original scoring in what are bound to be definitive performances—the delicious
Fantasiestücke for clarinet, and the fiery and lyrical Märchenbilder, which feature star British viola player Lawrence Power. Other delights include the Adagio and Allegro for horn, a brilliant showpiece, the Violin Sonata No 1, Drei Romanzen for oboe and piano and the Märchenerzählungen for clarinet, viola and piano.
"This is an admirable compilation of consistenly fine performances of almost all of Schumann's shorter champer music for one or two instruments and piano, and as such is most valuable as a collection … The character and deeply musical expression with which each performance graces the individual scores reveals aspects of the composer's creativity which superficial accounts inevitably obscure … The performances throughout are each beyond criticism." – International Record Review
"Chamber-music royalty … never more persuasive-sounding than here … A gorgeous, unmissable disc of great, too infrequently heard chamber music." – The Sunday Times (London)
Works on This Recording
Featured Sound Samples
Adagio and Allegro for Horn & Piano
Romances for Oboe & Piano: No 1: Nicht schnell
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