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Schumann: Chamber Music / The Nash Ensemble

Album Summary

>Schumann, Robert : Adagio and Allegro for Cello and Piano in A flat major, Op. 70
>Schumann, Robert : Marchenbilder for viola (or violin) & piano, Op. 113
>Schumann, Robert : Phantasiestucke (3) for Clarinet and Piano, Op. 73
>Schumann, Robert : Märchenerzählungen for Clarinet, Viola and Piano, Op. 132
>Schumann, Robert : Romances (3) for Oboe and Piano, Op. 94
>Schumann, Robert : Sonata for Violin and Piano no 1 in A minor, Op. 105
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Notes & Reviews:

Among Schumann's inspired late chamber works is a collection of music for more unusual instruments, composed in a concentrated flurry of creativity between 1849 and 1853. It is to these exquisite short works that the world-famous Nash Ensemble turns its impeccable collective musicianship. While Schumann modeled his music specifically to the timbres of the instruments he wrote for, he also arranged these pieces for alternative instruments with an eye to maximizing sales. The Nash Ensemble presents the works in their original scoring in what are bound to be definitive performances. The set's many delights include the fiery and lyrical Märchenbilder (featuring star British viola player Lawrence Power), the Adagio and Allegro for horn and the Märchenerzählungen for clarinet, viola and piano.

"The Nash players are British chamber-music royalty, but it is always an especial pleasure to hear the voluptuous viola sound of Lawrence Power in such an eloquent dialogue with Ian Brown’s piano in the too rarely heard Märchenbilder...A gorgeous, unmissable disc of great, too infrequently heard chamber music." -The Sunday Times

"This is an admirably compilation of consistently fine performances of almost all of Schumann's shorter chamber music for one or two instruments and piano, and as such is most valuable as a collection...The performances throughout...are each beyond criticism. In particularly I admire also the slightly varied balance between the instruments...another fine record from this consistently first-class company." -International Record Review

BBC Music Magazine
How thoroughly each one of these performers warms to his or her allotted task (perhaps 'role' would be a better word), though it's violinist Marianne Thorsen and pianist Ian Brown in the Sonata who steal the show. It makes a superb finale to a disc that works equally well whether you sample individual pieces or savour it as a whole.

American Record Guide, September / October 2012
It is splendid to have all these works assembled on a single release and performed with a uniformly perceptive and engaging spirit. The inclusion of the First Violin Sonata here is a bonus. Here we return to Schumann's work in more traditional chamber music formats. The smoldering sweep of I is evocative of the opening movement of the composer's First Trio, though II and III could easily fit among his character pieces. These are all truly brilliant and intelligent performances and will hold a prominent place in my Schumann collection.

Notes & Reviews:

Recording information: Henry Wood Hall, London (07/12/2011-07/14/2011).



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Works Details

>Schumann, Robert : Adagio and Allegro for Cello and Piano in A flat major, Op. 70
  • Notes: Henry Wood Hall, London (07/12/2011-07/14/2011)
  • Running Time: 9 min. 9 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Written: 1849

>Schumann, Robert : Märchenbilder for viola (or violin) & piano, Op. 113
  • Notes: Henry Wood Hall, London (07/12/2011-07/14/2011)
  • Running Time: 15 min. 5 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Written: 1851

>Schumann, Robert : Phantasiestücke (3) for Clarinet and Piano, Op. 73
  • Notes: Henry Wood Hall, London (07/12/2011-07/14/2011)
  • Running Time: 10 min. 30 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Written: 1849

>Schumann, Robert : Märchenerzählungen for Clarinet, Viola and Piano, Op. 132
  • Notes: Henry Wood Hall, London (07/12/2011-07/14/2011)
  • Running Time: 15 min. 4 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Written: 1853

>Schumann, Robert : Romances (3) for Oboe and Piano, Op. 94
  • Notes: Henry Wood Hall, London (07/12/2011-07/14/2011)
  • Running Time: 11 min. 56 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Written: 1849

>Schumann, Robert : Sonata for Violin and Piano no 1 in A minor, Op. 105
  • Notes: Henry Wood Hall, London (07/12/2011-07/14/2011)
  • Running Time: 16 min. 48 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Written: 1851