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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: 10 minutes 30 seconds

Fantasiestücke, Op 73
composer
February 1849; published in versions for violin, cello and clarinet

Lebhaft, leicht  [3'17]

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Setting the pattern for other similar works, to maximize potential sales Schumann simultaneously published the Fantasiestücke, Op 73 for clarinet and piano in versions for violin and for cello. The three ‘Fantasy Pieces’ form a compact suite, with the contrasting movements unified to create a cyclic structure. In the nostalgic A minor opening piece, Zart und mit Ausdruck (‘Tenderly and expressively’), the piano and clarinet present a pair of themes in free counterpoint. The piano’s theme then morphs into a skittish major-keyed dance in the scherzo-like second movement, Lebhaft, leicht (‘Lively, light’). The boisterous final Rasch und mit Feuer (‘Fast and fiery’) nonchalantly incorporates both ideas from the first movement, ending with a jubilant transformation of the once-soulful piano theme.

from notes by Richard Wigmore © 2012

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