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Assassinated Woman and the Furies by Henry Fuseli (1741-1825)
Kunsthaus, Zurich / Bridgeman Art Library, London
Track(s) taken from CDA67923
Recording details: July 2011
Henry Wood Hall, London, United Kingdom
Produced by Andrew Keener
Engineered by Simon Eadon
Release date: May 2012
Total duration: 9 minutes 9 seconds

Adagio and Allegro for horn and piano, Op 70
February 1849; published with alternative versions for violin or cello; Schumann's first title was Romance and Allegro

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Composed just a week after the Fantasiestücke, the Adagio and Allegro, Op 70 in A flat major, for horn and piano (issued with alternative parts for violin or cello), delighted Schumann when he heard Clara rehearse it with Julius Schlitterlau, first horn in the Dresden Orchestra. Her response was even more euphoric: ‘A magnificent piece, fresh and passionate, and exactly what I like.’ Originally entitled Romanze, the Adagio is a tender colloquy for the two instruments that exploits both the heights and the depths of the new valve-horn. Schumann gives free rein to the horn’s agility in the Allegro, whose rollicking spirits are stilled in a central episode in B major that recalls the yearning melody of the Adagio.

from notes by Richard Wigmore © 2012

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