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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: 11 minutes 56 seconds

Drei Romanzen for oboe and piano, Op 94
December 1849; alternative versions for violin or clarinet also published

Nicht schnell  [3'17]
Nicht schnell  [4'33]

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Trading on the success of the Fantasiestücke, the Drei Romanzen, Op 94 for oboe (or violin, or clarinet) and piano are likewise centred on A, major or minor, though here the minor has the last word. While there is no attempt at cyclic unity, all three movements unfold at a similar moderate tempo, with minimal contrast of mood. The peculiarly plangent timbre of the oboe colours the opening piece, a folk lament refined for the drawing room. The A major second movement, marked Einfach, innig (‘Simple, intimate’), contrasts guileless song with a smouldering, dark-textured interlude in F sharp minor (Etwas lebhafter, ‘A little more lively’), while the third movement is memorable above all for its assuaging F major central episode.

from notes by Richard Wigmore © 2012

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