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Schumann: Cello Concerto, Op. 129; Works for Cello & Piano / Raphael Wallfisch, cello; John York, piano

Album Summary

>Schumann, Robert : Concerto for Cello in A minor, Op. 129
>Schumann, Robert : Stucke im Volkston (5) for cello (or violin) & piano, Op. 102
>Schumann, Robert : Romances (3) for Oboe and Piano, Op. 94
>Schumann, Robert : Phantasiestucke (3) for Clarinet and Piano, Op. 73
>Schumann, Robert : Adagio and Allegro for Cello and Piano in A flat major, Op. 70
>Schumann, Robert : Liederkreis, Op. 39
>Schumann, Robert : Fruhlingsnacht ("Uberm Garten durch die Lufte"), song for voice & piano (Liederkreis), Op. 39/12
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Notes & Reviews:

The latest work on this CD is the Cello Concerto in A minor, from 1850. In the worrying years leading to the composer's death he was having trouble getting works published, but a welcome approach came in 1853 from the publishing house Breitkopf, with a fee of 20 Louis d'or for a few of Schumann's latest pieces, including the cello concerto, which they particularly liked. The composer tantalizingly offered them a version with string quintet, and a piano reduction along with a full orchestral score, but the last two never materialized. Raphael Wallfisch was inspired by this intriguing concept, and asked distinguished Swiss composer Arthur Lilienthal to adapt the full score for strings. The result, heard on this recording, lends fresh clarity and lightness to the texture, allowing the soloist even more freedom, especially at the low dynamic levels the composer calls for. Raphael has played it with very small orchestras, often without conductor, which emphasizes the pure chamber qualities of this wonderful work.

BBC Music Magazine, November 2014
Wallfisch plays the solo part with his customary eloquence and intensity of expression...As always, John York follows the countours of Wallfisch's melodic line with remarkable unanimity of ensemble.

Gramophone Magazine, December 2014
[Wallfisch] offers a convincing performance, phrasing with warmth and agility...Holliger too keeps things stripped to the bone, sweetening the line where necessary, though never to excess, and with a level of clarity that others aim for but achieve only at a price of compromised expressivity...Altogether a worthy continuation of Holliger's Schumann series.



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>Schumann, Robert : Concerto for Cello in A minor, Op. 129
  • Conductor: Niklas Willen
  • Ensemble: SW German Chamber Orchestra, Pforzheim
  • Notes: Composition written: 1850.
  • Running Time: 21 min. 55 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Form: Concerto
  • Written: 1850

>Schumann, Robert : Stücke im Volkston (5) for cello (or violin) & piano, Op. 102
  • Performers: Raphael Wallfisch (Cello); John York (Piano)
  • Running Time: 15 min. 32 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Written: 1849

>Schumann, Robert : Romances (3) for Oboe and Piano, Op. 94
  • Performers: Raphael Wallfisch (Cello); John York (Piano)
  • Running Time: 10 min. 14 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Written: 1849

>Schumann, Robert : Phantasiestücke (3) for Clarinet and Piano, Op. 73
  • Performers: Raphael Wallfisch (Cello); John York (Piano)
  • Running Time: 11 min. 4 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Written: 1849

>Schumann, Robert : Adagio and Allegro for Cello and Piano in A flat major, Op. 70
  • Performers: Raphael Wallfisch (Cello); John York (Piano)
  • Running Time: 9 min. 11 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Written: 1849

>Schumann, Robert : Liederkreis, Op. 39
  • Performers: Raphael Wallfisch (Cello); John York (Piano)
  • Running Time: 3 min. 37 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Form: Vocal
  • Written: 1840

>Schumann, Robert : Frühlingsnacht ("Uberm Garten durch die Lüfte"), song for voice & piano (Liederkreis), Op. 39/12
  • Performers: Raphael Wallfisch (Cello); John York (Piano)
  • Running Time: 1 min. 31 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Written: 1840