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Hyperion Records

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View of Rooftops and Gardens (c1835) by Carl Blechen (1798-1840)
Track(s) taken from CDA66946
Recording details: January 1997
Rosslyn Hill Unitarian Chapel, Hampstead, London, United Kingdom
Produced by Tryggvi Tryggvason
Engineered by Tryggvi Tryggvason
Release date: July 1997
Total duration: 15 minutes 29 seconds

'Another engrossing performance and unimpeachable production values. Another winner from this outstanding team' (Classic CD)

'Exemplary performances' (Hi-Fi News)

'Coletti affirme un jeu chaleureux, généreux, à la sonorité ouverte et large et aussi rigoureux. Quant à Howard son jeu clair, dynamique et parfois mystérieux fusionne parfaitement la musicalité de l'ensemble pour autant s'effacer derrière l'alto' (Répertoire, France)

Märchenbilder, Op 113
early March 1851; published in 1852 with an alternative violin part

Nicht schnell  [3'18]
Lebhaft  [3'51]
Rasch  [2'25]

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The Nash Ensemble, Lawrence Power (viola), Ian Brown (piano)
Introduction  EnglishFrançaisDeutsch
Buoyed by the successful premiere of the ‘Rhenish’ Symphony in February 1851, Schumann composed another of his adaptable chamber-music miniatures early the following month: the Märchenbilder, Op 113 for piano with either viola (the composer’s first choice) or violin. The stimulus for these four ‘Fairy-tale Pictures’ was the virtuoso violinist Wilhelm Joseph von Wasielewski, whom Schumann had recruited from Leipzig as leader of the Düsseldorf orchestra. Whatever their specific fairy-tale background (the composer left no clues), the four pieces seem to conjure in alternation the twin fictional personas of Schumann’s youth. The wistful musings of the dreamer Eusebius, expressed in delicate interplay between the two instruments, are countered by the impetuous Florestan in the rhythmically insistent second movement. The two personas appear successively in the third movement, whose brilliant outer sections enfold a romantic interlude in an exotically remote key (B major, after D minor). Eusebius has the last word in the finale, a lullaby marked Langsam, mit melancholischem Ausdruck (‘Slowly, with melancholy expression’), and perfectly fashioned for the dusky tones of the viola.

from notes by Richard Wigmore © 2012

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'Schumann: Chamber Music' (CDA67923)
Schumann: Chamber Music
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