Love Fugue: Robert Schumann

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All Music Guide - Alex Henderson
To the serious classical purist, interpreting a composer's work is a major no-no. Such purists insist that when a musician embraces the works of a legendary composer like Beethoven, Chopin, Mozart, or Bach, he/she must perform the music exactly as it was written, period, end of story. But thankfully, Uri Caine is no purist. The pianist isn't a classical purist any more than he is a jazz purist, and that open-minded outlook makes Love Fugue the intriguing, chance-taking jazz/classical hybrid that it is. Recorded in 1999, this CD finds Caine turning his attention to the music of the 19th Century classical composer Robert Schumann b. 1810, Zwickau, Germany, d. 1856, ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Alex Henderson
To the serious classical purist, interpreting a composer's work is a major no-no. Such purists insist that when a musician embraces the works of a legendary composer like Beethoven, Chopin, Mozart, or Bach, he/she must perform the music exactly as it was written, period, end of story. But thankfully, Uri Caine is no purist. The pianist isn't a classical purist any more than he is a jazz purist, and that open-minded outlook makes Love Fugue the intriguing, chance-taking jazz/classical hybrid that it is. Recorded in 1999, this CD finds Caine turning his attention to the music of the 19th Century classical composer Robert Schumann b. 1810, Zwickau, Germany, d. 1856, Endenich, Germany. Love Fugue, which unites Caine's ensemble with the Italian quartet la Gaia Scienza, is an unorthodox mixture of classical and jazz. Caine takes more than his share of liberties with Schumann's compositions, bringing both jazz and Latin elements to them and allowing for improvisation some of the time. Vocalist Mark Ledford, known for his work with guitarist Pat Metheny, is featured on some of the material, and poet Julie Patton recites English-language poems that fit in perfectly with Caine's interpretation of Schumann's pieces. Obviously, what one hears on Love Fugue isn't how one would have heard Schumann's work performed in 19th century Germany. Schumann's primary language was German, not English, and jazz had yet to be invented. Classical purists are bound to denounce this CD as musical blasphemy, but for those with more eclectic tastes, Love Fugue is a joy to listen to.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 5/16/2000
  • Label: Winter & Winter
  • UPC: 025091004928
  • Catalog Number: 49
  • Sales rank: 160,458

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Im wunderschönen monat mai - Gaia Scienza (2:23)
  2. 2 Allegro - Gaia Scienza (8:47)
  3. 3 Aus meinen tranen spriessen - Gaia Scienza (1:24)
  4. 4 Die rose, die lilie, die taube - Gaia Scienza (0:28)
  5. 5 Wenn ich in deine augen seh' - Gaia Scienza (1:57)
  6. 6 Scherzo - Gaia Scienza (3:09)
  7. 7 Ich will meine seele tauchen - Gaia Scienza (4:17)
  8. 8 Im rhein, im heiligen strome - Gaia Scienza (2:10)
  9. 9 Ich grolle nicht - Gaia Scienza (2:47)
  10. 10 Und wüssten's die blumen - Gaia Scienza (0:56)
  11. 11 Andante - Gaia Scienza (6:13)
  12. 12 Das ist ein flöten und geigen - Gaia Scienza (1:41)
  13. 13 Hör' ich das liedchen klingen - Gaia Scienza (2:11)
  14. 14 Ein jüngling liebt ein mädchen - Gaia Scienza (3:03)
  15. 15 Am leuchtenden sommermorgen - Gaia Scienza (3:10)
  16. 16 Finale - Gaia Scienza (7:18)
  17. 17 Ich hab' im traum geweinet - Gaia Scienza (3:46)
  18. 18 Allnächtlich im traume - Gaia Scienza (1:50)
  19. 19 Aus alten marchen winkt es - Gaia Scienza (2:51)
  20. 20 Die alten bösen lieder - Gaia Scienza (4:54)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Uri Caine Primary Artist, Piano
David Moss Vocals
Mark Ledford Vocals
Stefano Barneschi Violin
Gaia Scienza Ensemble, Track Performer
Mariko Takahashi Narrator
Mark Ledford Vocals
Uri Caine Ensemble Ensemble
Technical Credits
Julie Patton Poetry
Shulamith Wechter Caine Poetry
Stefan Winter Producer
Adrian von Ripka Engineer
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