Schumann: Piano Trios Andsnes; Tetzlaff

Audio Samples

>Schumann, Robert : Trio for Piano and Strings no 1 in D minor, Op. 63
>Schumann, Robert : Trio for Piano and Strings no 2 in F major, Op. 80
>Schumann, Robert : Etudes (6) in Canon Form for pedal piano, Op. 56
>Schumann, Robert : Trio for Piano and Strings no 3 in G minor, Op. 110
>Schumann, Robert : Phantasiestucke (4) for violin, cello & piano in A minor, Op. 88

Album Summary

>Schumann, Robert : Trio for Piano and Strings no 1 in D minor, Op. 63
>Schumann, Robert : Trio for Piano and Strings no 2 in F major, Op. 80
>Schumann, Robert : Etudes (6) in Canon Form for pedal piano, Op. 56
>Schumann, Robert : Trio for Piano and Strings no 3 in G minor, Op. 110
>Schumann, Robert : Phantasiestucke (4) for violin, cello & piano in A minor, Op. 88
Performers Composer

Notes & Reviews:

Frequent collaborators Leif Ove Andsnes, violinist Christian Tetzlaff and cellist Tanja Tetzlaff record three of Robert Schumann's Piano Trios for this magnificent 2-CD set. The trio has recorded Piano Trio No. 1 in D minor, Op. 63, Piano Trio No. 2 in F major, and Piano Trio No. 3 in G minor.

"Andsnes and the Tetzlaffs conjured a rich, brooding sonority from the melancholic slow waltz of the central Larghetto with Tanja's warmly expressive cello musing restlessly up and down the fingerboard. But it was the return of the opening theme which brought the most soulful harmonies and magically, reassuringly, the healing light of an angelic voice high in the keyboard." -The Independent

"For no good reason, Schumann’s chamber music has been slow to gain a wide following with the public or even performers... At last, the moment for the three piano trios has arrived. This is late Schumann, mellow, moody and robust. It is pure Schumann in all his fleeting unpredictability and experimentation with Romantic sentiment, rhythm and harmony. All the trios have needed are terrific performances like these from pianist Leif Ove Andsnes, violinist Christian Tetzlaff and cellist Tanja Tetzlaff." -LA Times

"In some circles Schumann’s three piano trios are considered uneven works with cumbersome passages. Do not believe it. In these scintillating performances, three splendid musicians — Leif Ove Andsnes, Christian Tetzlaff and Tanja Tetzlaff, his sister — convince you that the Schumann trios are consistently inspired and major scores." -The New York Times

BBC Music Magazine
...there are so many praiseworthy things. The way these musicians approach Schumann's long spans of rhythmically repetitive writing shows such understanding and sensitivity that you forget there was ever a problem to be solved. There are some very memorable touches here, like the ghostly string tone at the heart of the first movement of the First Trio.

The Guardian
...as you would expect from such fine musicians, they make a formidably competent trio. Their playing of all the works here is technically beyond criticism, and there is plenty to admire, whether it's Andsnes's crystalline delicacy in the slow movements or the way in which the two string players can reduce their tone to the merest whisper for dramatic effect.

Sunday Times
Andsnes and the Tetzlaff siblings adopt a restrained approach that works most convincingly in Schumann's songful slow movements...there is rapport here.

Gramophone Magazine
So what makes this so special? First, the pianist: Leif Ove Andsnes has long been acclaimed for his Schumann...It's not just for their dramatic pacing that I treasure these performances but for their lyrical qualities too...in the 'Duett' from the Op. 88 Fantasiestücke I defy you to find more beauty and understanding between two string players, with Andsnes the most sensitive of supporting artists...a remarkable achievement.

Classic FM Magazine
[Christian Tetzlaff's] strong personality and unmistakeable sound - plangent, witty and often lightly ironic - can seem quite dominant. But Andsnes's sparkling, solid and good-natured pianism is his ideal foil and on the whole the three play as if with one mind. In their hands Schumann emerges as blazingly inspired.

Notes & Reviews:

Recording information: Ostre Fredrikstad Kirche, Gamlebyen, Fredrikstad, Norwa (2009-09-24_2009-09-26&2010-).



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>Schumann, Robert : Trio for Piano and Strings no 1 in D minor, Op. 63
  • Performers: Christian Tetzlaff (Violin); Tanja Tetzlaff (Cello); Leif Andsnes (Piano)
  • Notes: Ostre Fredrikstad Kirche, Gamlebyen, Fredrikstad, Norway (2009-09-24_2009-09-26&2010-)
  • Running Time: 30 min. 41 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Written: 1847

>Schumann, Robert : Trio for Piano and Strings no 2 in F major, Op. 80
  • Performers: Christian Tetzlaff (Violin); Tanja Tetzlaff (Cello); Leif Andsnes (Piano)
  • Notes: Ostre Fredrikstad Kirche, Gamlebyen, Fredrikstad, Norway (2009-09-24_2009-09-26&2010-)
  • Running Time: 25 min. 12 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Written: 1847

>Schumann, Robert : Etudes (6) in Canon Form for pedal piano, Op. 56
  • Performers: Christian Tetzlaff (Violin); Tanja Tetzlaff (Cello); Leif Andsnes (Piano)
  • Notes: Ostre Fredrikstad Kirche, Gamlebyen, Fredrikstad, Norway (2009-09-24_2009-09-26&2010-)
  • Running Time: 17 min. 14 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Written: 1845

>Schumann, Robert : Trio for Piano and Strings no 3 in G minor, Op. 110
  • Performers: Christian Tetzlaff (Violin); Tanja Tetzlaff (Cello); Leif Andsnes (Piano)
  • Notes: Ostre Fredrikstad Kirche, Gamlebyen, Fredrikstad, Norway (2009-09-24_2009-09-26&2010-)
  • Running Time: 27 min. 32 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Written: 1851

>Schumann, Robert : Phantasiestücke (4) for violin, cello & piano in A minor, Op. 88
  • Performers: Christian Tetzlaff (Violin); Tanja Tetzlaff (Cello); Leif Andsnes (Piano)
  • Notes: Ostre Fredrikstad Kirche, Gamlebyen, Fredrikstad, Norway (2009-09-24_2009-09-26&2010-)
  • Running Time: 18 min. 25 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Written: 1842