Notes and Editorial Reviews
As a companion to the more inclusive 35-CD box set
Schumann: The Masterworks, Deutsche Grammophon releases a 2-CD set covering the romantic composer’s most beloved melodies. These essential favorites cover all major genres including piano solo, symphonic, concerto, chamber and Lied.
• Piano: Classics such as Tra?umerei (Dreaming) and the Arabeske in magical performances by Horowitz and Pires respectively; Ivo Pogorelich’s riveting rendition of the super-virtuosic Toccata and three selections from Nelson Freire’s Carnaval, full of panache.
• Symphony/Concerto: The invigorating first movement of the Rhenish
symphony under Gardiner opens the set, followed later by the searing slow movement from the Second Symphony in Bernstein’s almost Mahlerian interpretation; Rafael Kubelik’s Manfred Overture is full of drama, and both Karajan and Solti offer classic accounts of the Scherzi from the third and Fourth Symphonies. Radu Lupu revels in the rollicking finale to the Piano Concerto, Lynn Harrell offers an impassioned account of the Cello Concerto’s slow movement.
• Vocal: Matchless selections from Dichterliebe by Fritz Wunderlich, Bryn Terfel sings favorites including Der Nussbaum and Du bist wie eine Blume, and there are classic recordings from Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau. Rarities include a charming chorus from Gardiner’s celebrated recording of Das Paradies und die Peri.
• Chamber: Driven, vibrant accounts of movements from the Piano Quintet from the Hagen Quartet and Paul Gulda, and from the First Piano trio by the Beaux arts Trio; plus passionate violin and piano from Gidon Kremer and Martha argerich in the First Violin Sonata.
Works on This Recording
Myrthen, Op. 25: no 1, Widmung by Robert Schumann
Bryn Terfel (Bass Baritone),
Malcolm Martineau (Piano)
Written: 1840; Germany
Das Paradies und die Peri, Op. 50: no 18, Schmücket die...Auch der Geliebten by Robert Schumann
Constanze Backes (Soprano),
Jacqueline Connell (),
Donna Deam (Soprano),
Lucinda Houghton (Soprano),
Susannah Spicer (Alto),
Katherine Fuge (Soprano)
John Eliot Gardiner
Orchestre Révolutionnaire et Romantique
Manfred, Op. 115 by Robert Schumann
Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra
Written: 1848-1849; Germany
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