Sinfonia in B is Joseph Swensen’s orchestration of the little-known original version of Brahms’ B major piano trio. In Swensen’s own words: “Completed in 1854, it is the largest and arguably the most important of Brahms’ published early works, yet it remains nearly unknown to most musicians and music-lovers alike … The original Opus 8 is, for me, intriguing for many reasons. Not only is it a work of extraordinary quality and emotional depth, written by a composer just 21 years of age, but it is a quintessential example of Brahms’ ultra-romantic and forward looking early style.”
This disc also explores the young Brahms’ connection with Robert and Clara Schumann, with orchestrations and performances (as a violin soloist) byRead more Swensen of miniature works by both composers – as well as extracts from the ‘F-A-E’ sonata (a joint composition by Brahms, Robert Schumann and Joseph Joachim based on the motto ‘Frei aber einsam’ / ‘free but lonely’ – Joachim’s personal motto). Read less
Romances (3) for Violin and Piano, Op. 22by Clara Wieck Schumann Performer:
Joseph Swensen (Violin)
Malmö Opera Orchestra
Period: Romantic Written: 1853; Germany Notes: Arranger: Swensen.
A MasterpieceJuly 14, 2012By Anthony G. (valley stream, NY)See All My Reviews"Nothing in my experience, or expectation, prepared me for this striking Brahms beauty. Bereft of this Brahms imaginative transcriptions, and assorted rarities (one not so rare), my musical life would be the poorer. "Report Abuse
A Fantastic Orchestration and RecordingJuly 6, 2012By D. Stewart (Flagstaff, AZ)See All My Reviews"What a pleasant surprise in all categories. This is an Orchestration of the Original version of Brahms' Trio Op 8. The transcription is so to the point you would swear that Brahms himself transcribed it. There are also short orchestrated pieces by Clara and Robert Schumann, and a Brahms Scherzo, all of which are equally impressively orchestrated and recorded. The sound is glorious, revealing every instrument in the Orchestra with some superb tympani foundations when needed. I have played this disc many times, as I am sure will you. First you will have to get a copy of course. Hurry and do so. You will love it. I hope Conductor Swenson has some other such projects in mind."Report Abuse