The Circle of Robert Schumann

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All Music Guide - Mike D. Brownell
Robert Schumann had the fortune of being alive at what must have been an astonishing period in the history of music, on the heels of Beethoven and surrounded by all of the great early Romantic composers and performers. Even his own family was a source of incredible musical gifts, from his gifted pianist wife, Clara, to even Clara's half brother, Woldemar Bargiel. This two-disc Capriccio set builds on some of these relationships and friendships that inspired some of Schumann's own compositions. Violinist Gudrun Schaumann and fortepianist Christoph Hammer present Schumann's violin sonatas, Op. 105, Op. 121, and WoO 2 along with his "Op. 94 Romances for violin and piano."...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Mike D. Brownell
Robert Schumann had the fortune of being alive at what must have been an astonishing period in the history of music, on the heels of Beethoven and surrounded by all of the great early Romantic composers and performers. Even his own family was a source of incredible musical gifts, from his gifted pianist wife, Clara, to even Clara's half brother, Woldemar Bargiel. This two-disc Capriccio set builds on some of these relationships and friendships that inspired some of Schumann's own compositions. Violinist Gudrun Schaumann and fortepianist Christoph Hammer present Schumann's violin sonatas, Op. 105, Op. 121, and WoO 2 along with his "Op. 94 Romances for violin and piano." Family and friends are represented with Joseph Joachim's "C major Romance," Bargiel's "Op. 10 Sonata in F minor," and Clara's "Op. 22 Three Romances." Despite the intrigue of the program itself, Schaumann and Hammer's playing is unfulfilling and forgettable. The fortepiano's sound is quite nasal and distant. Schaumann's Stradivari violin produces an uncharacteristically shrill, grating sound and is rather uneven in tone across its four strings. Her playing is lacking in smoothly connected lines, subtlety in the right arm, and flowing musical phrases and instead is angular and abrasive. Though many of these works heard here are difficult to find on other discs, this set may be appropriate only for die-hard enthusiasts of neglected repertoire.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 5/25/2010
  • Label: Capriccio
  • UPC: 845221050409
  • Catalog Number: 5040
  • Sales rank: 197,005

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1–4 Sonata for violin & piano No. 3 in A minor, WoO 27 - Robert Schumann & Christoph Hammer (20:11)
    Composed byRobert Schumann
    1. 1Satz 1: Ziemlich langsam
    2. 2Satz 3: Intermezzo. Bewegt, doch nicht zu schnell
    3. 3Satz 3: Lebhaft
    4. 4Satz 4: Finale. markiertes, ziemlich lebhaftes Tempo
  2. 5–7 Romances (3) for oboe (or violin or cello) & piano, Op. 94 - Robert Schumann & Christoph Hammer (11:20)
    Composed byRobert Schumann
    1. 5 Nicht schnell
    2. 6 Einfach, innig
    3. 7 Nicht schnell
  3. 8 Romance for violin & piano in C major - Joseph Joachim & Christoph Hammer (5:15)
    Composed byJoseph Joachim
  4. 9–11 Sonata for violin & piano in F minor, Op. 10 - Woldemar Bargiel & Christoph Hammer (32:10)
    Composed byWoldemar Bargiel
    1. 9Satz 1: Allegro
    2. 10Satz 2: Andante sostenuto
    3. 11Satz 3: Allegro molto
Disc 2
  1. 1–3 Romances (3) for violin & piano, Op. 22 - Clara Wieck Schumann & Christoph Hammer (9:33)
    Composed byClara Wieck Schumann
    1. 1 Andante molto
    2. 2 Allegretto
    3. 3 Leidenschaftlich schnell
  2. 4–6 Sonata for violin & piano No. 1 in A minor, Op. 105 - Robert Schumann & Christoph Hammer (17:52)
    Composed byRobert Schumann
    1. 4Satz 1: Mit leidenschaftlichem Ausdruck
    2. 5Satz 2: Allegretto
    3. 6Satz 3: Lebhaft
  3. 7–10 Sonata for violin & piano No. 2 in D minor, Op. 121 - Robert Schumann & Christoph Hammer (33:40)
    Composed byRobert Schumann
    1. 7Satz 1: Ziemlich langsam. Lebhaft
    2. 8Satz 2: Sehr lebhaft
    3. 9Satz 3: Leise, einfach
    4. 10Satz 4: Bewegt
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Gudrun Schaumann Primary Artist
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