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Brahms: Violin Concerto; Double Concerto / Erik Schumann, violin; Mark Schumann, cello

Album Summary

>Brahms, Johannes : Concerto for Violin in D major, Op. 77
>Brahms, Johannes : Concerto for Violin and Cello in A minor, Op. 102 "Double"
Performers Conductor Ensembles Composer

Notes & Reviews:

This first CD by violinist Erik Schumann on Berlin Classics finds Mr. Schumann with brother Mark and the Nurnberg Symphony Orchestra under Alexander Shelley's baton playing the Johannes Brahms's Violin Concerto and Double Concerto. The lean string section reflects the orchestra of Brahms's day, giving a natural, lucid sound image of the Brahms concertos. The harmony between the two instruments in the Double Concerto epitomizes the close relationship between the Schumann brothers, who also make chamber music together with brother Ken and Liisa Randalu as the Schumann Quartett.

American Record Guide, November/December 2015
This is young man's Brahms. All movements feel fast. I sense a spirit of efficiency. The soloists do the right things, and I have found a wider range of expression by choosing more moderate tempos and characterizing more vividly. The opening movement of the Double, which often benefits from a tight rein, is very satisfying, and both finales are exciting.

In sum, not a bad recording, particularly if you like Brahms fast and efficient. I'd begin with Oistrakh/ Klemperer, Znaider/Gergiev, or Chang/ Rattle in the concerto. For the Double: Oistrakh and Rostropovich or Zukerman and Kirshbaum.

Notes & Reviews:

Recording information: Nürnberg, Musiksaal in der Kongresshalle (05/30/2014-06/02/2014).



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>Brahms, Johannes : Concerto for Violin in D major, Op. 77
  • Performer: Erik Schumann (Violin)
  • Conductor: Alexander Shelley
  • Ensemble: Nurnberger Symphoniker
  • Notes: Nürnberg, Musiksaal in der Kongresshalle (05/30/2014-06/02/2014)
  • Running Time: 37 min. 29 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Form: Concerto
  • Written: 1878

>Brahms, Johannes : Concerto for Violin and Cello in A minor, Op. 102 "Double"
  • Performers: Erik Schumann (Violin); Mark Schumann (Cello)
  • Conductor: Alexander Shelley
  • Notes: Nürnberg, Musiksaal in der Kongresshalle (05/30/2014-06/02/2014)
  • Running Time: 31 min. 16 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Written: 1887