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Schumann & Schubert / Meneses, Wyss

Album Summary

>Schumann, Robert : Adagio and Allegro for Cello and Piano in A flat major, Op. 70
>Schumann, Robert : Phantasiestucke (3) for Clarinet and Piano, Op. 73
>Schumann, Robert : Stucke im Volkston (5) for cello (or violin) & piano, Op. 102
>Schumann, Robert : Marchenbilder for viola (or violin) & piano, Op. 113
>Schubert, Franz : Sonata for Arpeggione in A minor, D 821
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Notes & Reviews:

"As one listens to this engaging recital, with its excellent sound, it's difficult to remember that only one work, Schumann's Op 102, was originally for cello and piano. Meneses negotiates the Arpeggione Sonata's dauntingly high tessitura with no sense of strain, and the other Schumann sets, designed respectively for horn, clarinet and viola, sound like idiomatic cello music. He's a true virtuoso, as the fast passages in the Arpeggione and the third of the Merchenbilder amply demonstrate, but one never feels that he's presenting himself. The impression is rather that he's inviting us into Schumann's or Schubert's inner world, urbanely drawing attention, by means of subtle emphasis or change of colour, to all the music's incidental beauties. Gerard Wyss, as an experienced Lieder accompanist, has a similar eye for illustrative detail; his touch is unusually sensitive, with chords always beautifully balanced, and his left hand gives exceptional vitality to the bass-lines. Wyss's and Meneses's view of the Schubert isn't as starkly melancholic as Queyras's and Tharaud's on their fine recent recording; their performance is warmer and more communicative. The finale's minor-key episode in Hungarian style bubbles with vitality, in contrast to the tense, agitated mood portrayed by Queyras and Tharaud. Similarly, all the Schumann pieces are performed in an outgoing, friendly way; I especially enjoyed the first of the Stucke im Volkston, progressing from a light, playful start to sweeping romantic gestures, and the last of the Merchenbilder, sweet and tender, with an almost Mahlerian sense of regret and loss." -Gramophone (Disc of the Month, March 2007)

Benchmark Recording, BBC Music Magazine
Antonio Meneses is a master of his instrument and defers modestly to Bach. (highest rating)

BBC Music Magazine
... this recording boasts some of the most beautiful cello playing I have heard in years. The highlight for me is their brilliant account of Märchenbilder, Schumann's 'fairy tale pictures' for viola: this is by far the best recorded account of that work on cello... Spellbinding, too, is this reading of Schubert's Arpeggione Sonata: the slow movement has gleaming surface, the first passage work a violin-like finesse.

Gramophone Classical Music Guide
Meneses negotiates the Arpeggione Sonata's dauntingly high tessitura with no sense of strain, and the other Schumann sets, designed respectively for horn, clarinet and viola, sound like idiomatic cello music. He's a true virtuoso, as the fast passages in the Arpeggione and the third of the Märchenbilder amply demonstrate, but one never feels that he's presenting himself. The impression is rather that he's inviting us into Schumann's or Schubert's inner world, urbanely drawing attention, by means of subtle emphasis or change of colour, to all the music's incidental beauties.

Gérard Wyss, as an experienced Lieder accompanist, has a similar eye for illustrative detail; his touch is unusually sensitive, with chords always beautifully balanced, and his left hand gives exceptional vitality to the bass-lines. The finale's minor-key episode in Hungarian style bubbles with vitality. Similarly, all the Schumann pieces are performed in an outgoing, friendly way; especially enjoyable is the first of the Stücke imVolkston, progressing from a light, playful start to sweeping romantic gestures, and the last of the Märchenbilder, sweet and tender, with an almost Mahlerian sense of regret and loss.



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>Schumann, Robert : Adagio and Allegro for Cello and Piano in A flat major, Op. 70
  • Performers: Antonio Meneses (Cello); Gerard Wyss (Piano)
  • Notes: Potton Hall, Dunwich, Suffolk, England (05/26/2006-05/28/2006)
  • Running Time: 9 min. 55 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Written: 1849

>Schumann, Robert : Phantasiestücke (3) for Clarinet and Piano, Op. 73
  • Performers: Antonio Meneses (Cello); Gerard Wyss (Piano)
  • Notes: Potton Hall, Dunwich, Suffolk, England (05/26/2006-05/28/2006)
  • Running Time: 11 min. 23 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Written: 1849

>Schumann, Robert : Stücke im Volkston (5) for cello (or violin) & piano, Op. 102
  • Performers: Antonio Meneses (Cello); Gerard Wyss (Piano)
  • Notes: Potton Hall, Dunwich, Suffolk, England (05/26/2006-05/28/2006)
  • Running Time: 15 min. 27 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Written: 1849

>Schumann, Robert : Märchenbilder for viola (or violin) & piano, Op. 113
  • Performers: Antonio Meneses (Cello); Gerard Wyss (Piano)
  • Notes: Potton Hall, Dunwich, Suffolk, England (05/26/2006-05/28/2006)
  • Running Time: 15 min. 14 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Written: 1851

>Schubert, Franz : Sonata for Arpeggione in A minor, D 821
  • Performers: Antonio Meneses (Cello); Gerard Wyss (Piano)
  • Notes: Potton Hall, Dunwich, Suffolk, England (05/26/2006-05/28/2006)
  • Running Time: 25 min. 31 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Written: 11/1824