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Robert Schumann, Heinz Holliger: Aschenmusik / Heinz Holliger, oboe; Anita Leuzinger, cello; Anton Kernjak, piano

Album Summary

>Schumann, Robert : Etudes (6) in Canon Form for pedal piano, Op. 56
>Schumann, Robert : Romances (3) for Oboe and Piano, Op. 94
>Holliger, Heinz : Romancendres, for cello & piano
>Schumann, Robert : Intermezzo & finale aus der FAE-Sonate in a-Moll, WoO 22
>Schumann, Robert : Sonata for Violin and Piano no 1 in A minor, Op. 105
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Notes & Reviews:

Heinz Holliger's lifelong fascination with the music of Robert Schumann finds further expression on this newest release: on "Aschenmusik", a new interpretation of the Swiss oboist-composer's "Romancendres" is framed by Schumann's own works. "Romancendres" refers to the lost "Cello Romances" which Clara Schumann burned on Brahms's advice, an act of destruction which outraged Holliger and fuelled the composition of this "music from theashes" in 2003. It's a portrait of Schumann, and its central movements contain numerous quotations and messages. "Romancendres" is prefaced by Schuman's "Romances" for oboe and piano, masterpieces which have been part of Holliger's repertoire for 60 years, and by the rarely-played "Studies in Canon Form" which find Holliger on the oboe d'amore. The album closes with Schumann's first sonata for violin and piano, with cello substituting for violin. Holliger: "Schumann himself thought it could also be played on a cello. I find it grandiose with this combination of instruments." Strong performances by Holliger himself and by Anita Leuzinger, solo cellist from the Zurich Tonhalle Orchestra, and by Austrian pianist Anton Kernjak make this album another important addition to Heinz Holliger's ECM discography. "Aschenmusik" is issued in the wake of Holliger's 75th birthday.

Sunday Times, 15th June 2014
This absorbing set embraces Holliger's Romancendres, which seeks to recapture the late Cello Romances by Schumann that his widow, Clara, and Brahms destroyed. Hints in letters are all Holliger has to go on, but he produces this four-movement "cinder music", beautifully played.

The Guardian, 5th June 2014
Subtle and meticulously shaded.

American Record Guide, January/February 2015
Hearing Holliger play the rarely heard and little-known Six Pieces in Canon Form is like hearing a poet master read the work of one of his great influences, which he has spent his life studying and admiring. And as if this weren't enough to satisfy that musical appetite, the gorgeous Violin Sonata is performed quite beautifully by the expressive Anita Leuzinger. This is an album you will not want to pass up, and it should be mandatory for oboists and cellists!

Notes & Reviews:

Recording information: Radio Studio Zürich (07/2012/11/2013).



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>Schumann, Robert : Etudes (6) in Canon Form for pedal piano, Op. 56
  • Performers: Heinz Holliger (Oboe d'amore); Anton Kernjak (Piano); Anita Leuzinger (Cello)
  • Running Time: 15 min. 50 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Written: 1845

>Schumann, Robert : Romances (3) for Oboe and Piano, Op. 94
  • Performers: Heinz Holliger (Oboe); Anton Kernjak (Piano)
  • Running Time: 12 min. 32 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Written: 1849

>Holliger, Heinz : Romancendres, for cello & piano
  • Performers: Anton Kernjak (Piano); Anita Leuzinger (Cello)
  • Running Time: 23 min. 2 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary

>Schumann, Robert : Intermezzo & finale aus der FAE-Sonate in a-Moll, WoO 22 :: Intermezzo
  • Performers: Heinz Holliger (Oboe d'amore); Anton Kernjak (Piano)
  • Running Time: 2 min. 39 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Written: 1853

>Schumann, Robert : Sonata for Violin and Piano no 1 in A minor, Op. 105
  • Performers: Anton Kernjak (Piano); Anita Leuzinger (Cello)
  • Running Time: 17 min. 24 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Written: 1851