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Schumann: Chamber Music / The Nash Ensemble

Schumann / Nash Ensemble
Release Date: 05/08/2012 
Label:  Hyperion   Catalog #: 67923  
Composer:  Robert Schumann
Performer:  Ian BrownMarianne ThorsenGareth HulseRichard Hosford,   ... 
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Nash Ensemble
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 1 Hours 19 Mins. 

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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
Read more 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)
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Works on This Recording

1.
Sonata for Violin and Piano no 1 in A minor, Op. 105 by Robert Schumann
Performer:  Ian Brown (Piano), Marianne Thorsen (Violin)
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Nash Ensemble
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1851; Germany 
2.
Romances (3) for Oboe and Piano, Op. 94 by Robert Schumann
Performer:  Ian Brown (Piano), Gareth Hulse (Oboe)
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Nash Ensemble
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1849; Germany 
3.
Phantasiestücke (3) for Clarinet and Piano, Op. 73 by Robert Schumann
Performer:  Ian Brown (Piano)
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Nash Ensemble
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1849; Germany 
4.
Märchenerzählungen for Clarinet, Viola and Piano, Op. 132 by Robert Schumann
Performer:  Richard Hosford (Clarinet), Ian Brown (Piano), Lawrence Power (Viola)
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Nash Ensemble
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1853; Germany 
5.
Märchenbilder for Viola and Piano, Op. 113 by Robert Schumann
Performer:  Ian Brown (Piano), Lawrence Power (Viola)
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Nash Ensemble
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1851; Germany 
6.
Adagio and Allegro for Horn/Cello and Piano in A flat major, Op. 70 by Robert Schumann
Performer:  Ian Brown (Piano), Richard Watkins (French Horn)
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Nash Ensemble

Featured Sound Samples

Adagio and Allegro for Horn & Piano
Romances for Oboe & Piano: No 1: Nicht schnell

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