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Schubert, Schumann: Works For Cello And Piano / Bruns, Ishay

Release Date: 08/01/2004 
Label:  Hänssler Classic   Catalog #: 98464   Spars Code: n/a 
Composer:  Franz SchubertRobert SchumannJohann Sebastian Bach
Performer:  Peter BrunsRoglit Ishay
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
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Notes and Editorial Reviews

The high technical and artistic standards cellist Peter Bruns has set in other recordings are evident throughout this release. For example, in the "Arpeggione" sonata's outer movements he suavely negotiates the tricky string-crossing passages, sustained lyrical lines, and sudden shifts in dynamics. His adroit bow arm appears to have grown vocal cords in the slow movement, as well as in Schumann's Adagio and Allegro. I especially like Bruns' emphatic accentuation and gruff demeanor in the same composer's Five Pieces in Folk Style.

Schumann doesn't so much arrange Bach's C major suite for cello and piano as he merely adds a modest chord-based accompaniment to the original, superfluously filling out what Bach implies
Read more and imposing metric signposts that hamper the cellist's phrasing options. The overall effect can best be described as a Bach cello suite with training wheels. Still, the performers give this curiosity their best shot.

They also bring attractive understatement and refinement to the Schumann Fantasy Pieces, without quite matching the cresting flow and individuality we hear from Natalia Gutman and Martha Argerich in their live EMI recording. And for tone quality alone, Bruns' nasal, glass-harmonica timbre yields to Rostropovich's wider gamut of colors, expressions, and vibratos in both the Folk Pieces and the Schubert sonata, where Benjamin Britten's enlivening, interactive brilliance at the piano overshadows Roglit Ishay's less personalized though solidly professional accompaniments. In all, this is a fine, beautifully engineered disc--but you should hear the aforementioned alternative versions first.
--Jed Distler Read less

Works on This Recording

Sonata for Arpeggione in A minor, D 821 by Franz Schubert
Performer:  Peter Bruns (Cello), Roglit Ishay (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1824; Vienna, Austria 
Adagio and Allegro for Horn/Cello and Piano in A flat major, Op. 70 by Robert Schumann
Performer:  Peter Bruns (Cello), Roglit Ishay (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1849; Germany 
Stücke (5) im Volkston for Cello and Piano, Op. 102 by Robert Schumann
Performer:  Roglit Ishay (Piano), Peter Bruns (Cello)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1849; Germany 
Phantasiestücke (3) for Clarinet and Piano, Op. 73 by Robert Schumann
Performer:  Roglit Ishay (Piano), Peter Bruns (Cello)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1849; Germany 
Suite for Cello solo no 3 in C major, BWV 1009 by Johann Sebastian Bach
Performer:  Roglit Ishay (Piano), Peter Bruns (Cello)
Period: Baroque 
Written: circa 1720; Cöthen, Germany 

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