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Aschenmusik - Schumann, Holliger / Holliger, Leuzinger, Kernjak

Schumann / Holliger
Release Date: 06/24/2014 
Label:  Ecm   Catalog #: 002084702   Spars Code: DDD 
Composer:  Robert SchumannHeinz Holliger
Performer:  Anton KernjakAnita LeuzingerHeinz Holliger
Number of Discs: 1 
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Notes and Editorial Reviews

Heinz Holliger’s lifelong fascination with the music of Robert Schumann finds further expression on this newest release: on Aschenmusik, a new interpretation of the Swiss oboist-composer’s “Romancendres” is framed by Schumann’s own works. “Romancendres” refers to the lost “Cello Romances” which Clara Schumann burned on Brahms’s advice, an act of destruction which outraged Holliger and fuelled the composition of this “music from the ashes” in 2003. It’s a portrait of Schumann, packed with quotations, projected like a lifetime passing through the mind of a dying man. “Romancendres” is prefaced by Schuman’s “Romances” for oboe and piano, masterpieces which have been part of Holliger’s repertoire for 60 years, and by the rarely-played “Studies Read more in Canon Form” which find Holliger on the oboe d’amore. The album closes with Schumann’s first sonata for violin and piano, with cello substituting for violin. Holliger: “Schumann himself thought it could also be played on a cello. I find it grandiose with this combination of instruments.” Strong performances by Holliger himself and by Anita Leuzinger, solo cellist from the Zurich Tonhalle Orchestra, and by Austrian pianist Anton Kernjak make this album another important addition to Heinz Holliger’s ECM discography. Read less

Works on This Recording

1.
Sonata for Violin and Piano no 1 in A minor, Op. 105 by Robert Schumann
Performer:  Anton Kernjak (Piano), Anita Leuzinger (Cello)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1851; Germany 
2.
Romances (3) for Oboe and Piano, Op. 94 by Robert Schumann
Performer:  Anton Kernjak (Piano), Heinz Holliger (Oboe)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1849; Germany 
3.
Romancendres by Heinz Holliger
Performer:  Heinz Holliger (Oboe), Anton Kernjak (Piano), Anita Leuzinger (Cello)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 2003 
4.
Etudes (6) in Canon Form for Pedal Piano, Op. 56 by Robert Schumann
Performer:  Heinz Holliger (Oboe), Anton Kernjak (Piano), Anita Leuzinger (Cello)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1845; Germany 

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