Schumann: Complete Works for Violin and Orchestra

Schumann: Complete Works for Violin and Orchestra

by Ulf Wallin
     
 

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The stories behind the Schumann violin concertos, and the almost unbelievable delays in their premieres, are as interesting as just about any compositional back stories in Western music history. The "First Violin Concerto" is actually Schumann's own reworking of the "Cello Concerto" for use by the violin. The changes are minimal, mainlySee more details below

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The stories behind the Schumann violin concertos, and the almost unbelievable delays in their premieres, are as interesting as just about any compositional back stories in Western music history. The "First Violin Concerto" is actually Schumann's own reworking of the "Cello Concerto" for use by the violin. The changes are minimal, mainly altering octaves and making minor technical changes to make the score more idiomatic for the violin. This version was not known to have been performed in Schumann's lifetime, and the score was lost until 1987, the year of its official premiere. The "D minor Concerto," with which more listeners are familiar, had similar difficulty getting off the ground. Dedicated to legendary violinist Joseph Joachim, the score and the work's publication were inexplicably suppressed for nearly a century. The concerto was not brought before an audience until 1937. Performing these two concertos, along with the often maligned "Fantasy in C major," is Swedish violinist Ulf Wallin along with the Robert-Schumann-Philharmonie. Whether or not listeners agree with performance of the "Cello Concerto" on the violin, it is difficult to assail Wallin's playing. His tone is as rich and deep as could be hoped for, coming as close as possible to the same visceral depth achieved by the cello. The same beauty of tone is brought to the "D minor Concerto" along with a captivating sense of pacing and rubato that is matched every step of the way by the orchestra. Wallin goes beyond just playing Schumann's scores. He connects with his listeners and elevates his program to a level of sophistication and detail that leaves one wondering how these works could have gone unplayed for so long.

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Product Details

Release Date:
07/26/2011
Label:
Bis
UPC:
7318599917757
catalogNumber:
1775
Rank:
150331

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Tracks

  1. Violin Concerto in D minor, WoO 23  - Robert Schumann  - Robert Suff  - Ulf Wallin  - Robert Schumann Philharmonie  - Frank Beermann
  2. Fantasie for violin & orchestra (piano) in C major, Op. 131  - Robert Schumann  - Robert Suff  - Ulf Wallin  - Robert Schumann Philharmonie  - Frank Beermann
  3. Cello Concerto in A minor, Op. 129  - Robert Schumann  - Robert Schumann  - Robert Suff  - Ulf Wallin  - Robert Schumann Philharmonie  - Frank Beermann

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Ulf Wallin   Primary Artist

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