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The Romantic Violin Concerto, Vol. 13 - Schumann: Violin Concertos in D minor & A minor / Anthony Marwood (violin)

Audio Samples

>Schumann, Robert : Concerto for Violin in D minor
>Schumann, Robert : Concerto for Cello in A minor, Op. 129
>Schumann, Robert : Fantasie for Violin and Orchestra in C major, Op. 131

Album Summary

>Schumann, Robert : Concerto for Violin in D minor
>Schumann, Robert : Concerto for Cello in A minor, Op. 129
>Schumann, Robert : Fantasie for Violin and Orchestra in C major, Op. 131
Performer Conductor Ensembles Composer

Notes & Reviews:

Hyperion presents the thirteenth volume in their ongoing Romantic Violin Concerto series. Although more often featuring virtuoso showpieces by the composer/violinists of the nineteenth century, this collection also highlights works of great musical interest which for one reason or another have not entered the standard repertoire. The present disc collects all of the works for violin and orchestra by Robert Schumann. Although the composer's concertos for piano and cello are among the most beloved works in classical music, none of these works for violin has enjoyed the same success. That result will be surprising to the listener after hearing them played here by violinist Anthony Marwood in performances brimming with panache and brilliance. Included are the Violin Concerto in D minor, the Phantasie and the Violin Concerto in A minor (an arrangement of the cello concerto). Marwood is accompanied by the BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra under the baton of Douglas Boyd.

The Guardian, August 2012
There's little Marwood can do to disguise the shortcomings of the solo writing [of the D minor concerto], or the repetitions of the finale, but he and the BBC Scottish Symphony under Douglas Boyd go at it with a great deal of enthusiasm, with the solo line very prominent in the sound picture.

The Telegraph, September 2012
In a performance as strong and imaginative as this one by Anthony Marwood its impact is considerable. The sinew of the first movement, with its bold opening statement and toughness of inner workings, is contrasted with the mellow, reflective lyricism of the central slow one...There are firm Schumann fingerprints all over the score, and it fully merits the passionate advocacy that it receives here.

MusicWeb International, December 2012
[Marwood's] tone is sweetly centred, and avoids excessive contrasts between the upper and lower strings, so equalisation is the name of the game. So, too, is a certain chamber-scaled approach, with give-and-take with the orchestral wind principals...Marwood and Douglas Boyd keep the music on the go and bring out its felicitous colour.

American Record Guide, March / April 2013
It's the only first-rate work on the album, and also the best of the three performances. III is very spirited. II is played very nicely. In I Marwood and Boyd do exhibit spirit, drama, and flow.

Gramophone Magazine, November 2012
Marwood's tone is notably characteristically focused with a notable sweetness which is matched by Wallin...Boyd and his Scottish players set ideal tempi in outer movements, enabling Marwood to negotiate fearlessly the fairly awkward and largely middle-range-lying solo writing...Utterly winning and authoritative.

Notes & Reviews:

Recording information: City Halls, Candleriggs, Glasgow (11/10/2011-11/11/2011).



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>Schumann, Robert : Concerto for Violin in D minor
  • Performer: Anthony Marwood (Violin)
  • Conductor: Douglas Boyd
  • Ensemble: BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra
  • Notes: City Halls, Candleriggs, Glasgow (11/10/2011-11/11/2011)
  • Running Time: 31 min. 32 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Form: Concerto
  • Written: 1853

>Schumann, Robert : Concerto for Cello in A minor, Op. 129
  • Performer: Anthony Marwood (Violin)
  • Conductor: Douglas Boyd
  • Notes: City Halls, Candleriggs, Glasgow (11/10/2011-11/11/2011)
  • Running Time: 21 min. 3 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Form: Concerto
  • Written: 1850

>Schumann, Robert : Fantasie for Violin and Orchestra in C major, Op. 131
  • Performer: Anthony Marwood (Violin)
  • Conductor: Douglas Boyd
  • Notes: City Halls, Candleriggs, Glasgow (11/10/2011-11/11/2011)
  • Running Time: 15 min. 29 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Written: 1853