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Wydawnictwo: Hyperion
Nr katalogowy: CDA 67661
Nośnik: 1 CD
Data wydania: styczeń 2009
EAN: 34571176611
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Epoka muzyczna: romantyzm
Obszar (język): niemiecki
Instrumenty: wiolonczela, fortepian

Schumann: Music for cello and piano

Hyperion - CDA 67661
Steven Isserlis, cello
Dénes Várjon, piano
Nagrody i rekomendacje
Gramophone Editor's Choice
Adagio and Allegro Op 70
Violin Sonata No 3 in A minor
Abendlied Op 85 No 12
Drei Romanzen Op 94
Fünf Stücke im Volkston Op 102
‘There is no composer to whom I feel closer than to Schumann. He has been a beloved friend since I was a child; I remain as fascinated today as I was then by his unique blend of poetry, ecstatic strength and confessional intimacy.’

Steven Isserlis’s own words give the background to this fascinating disc.

Schumann’s affection for the cello ran deep. It was an instrument he had played in his youth, and considered taking up again when, at the age of twenty-two, an accident to his hand forced him to relinquish his dream of being a virtuoso pianist. ‘I want to take up the violoncello again (one needs only the left hand for this) and it will be very useful to me in composing symphonies’, he wrote to his mother. The sound of the cello played without the right hand would have been somewhat minimalist; but his love for the instrument is clearly demonstrated by the cello parts in all four of his symphonies, as well as in the concertos for piano and violin, and of course throughout his chamber music. As the great musicologist Donald Francis Tovey put it: ‘The qualities of the violoncello are exactly those of the beloved dreamer whom we know as Schumann.’


'Could this be his best recording yet? … [Fantasiestucke] The music has a wonderfully considered and luxuriant aspect; the results never sound contrived. That's partly to do with Isserlis's sound, which has a very focused centre to it, but also his utterly intimate relationship with pianist Dénes Várjon. Perhaps the most ravishing item on the disc is the poignant Abendlied … In his hands it's as moving a wordless Lied as anything you could imagine … For all that Isserlis has made many wonderful recordings, not least his seminal Bach suites, I think this might just be his finest yet' (Gramophone)

'Enhanced by glowingly intimate sound from Andrew Keener and Simon Eadon, Isserlis constantly draws us in with playing of gentle radiance and exquisite nuancing … [Violin Sonata] It sets the seal on one of Isserlis's finest discs' (International Record Review)

'[Violin Sonata] This fabulously virtuosic and psychologically complex work forces Isserlis's musicianship up to a new level … Isserlis masters its explosive flourishes and has the vital impetus to manke an eccentric work feel whole' (BBC Music Magazine)

Recording details: June 2008; Henry Wood Hall, London, United Kingdom; Produced by Andrew Keener; Engineered by Simon Eadon; Release date: March 2009;

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