Fantasy & Romance: Schumann - Music for Cello & Piano | Delos DE3481

Fantasy & Romance: Schumann - Music for Cello & Piano


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Label: Delos

Cat No: DE3481

Format: CD

Number of Discs: 1

Genre: Chamber

Release Date: 29th January 2016



While Robert Schumann played the cello both as a child and as a young man, he wrote very little original music for the instrument: only his cello concerto and the Five Pieces in Folk-style, op.102, offered in this album. But cellists, eager to play his wonderful chamber compositions originally written for other instruments, have made successful and alluring transcriptions of them; six of those are offered on this album.

In this, Emanuel Gruber’s second album for Delos, we hear – in addition to the op.102 pieces above – cello versions of the Fantasy Pieces, op.73; Adagio and Allegro, op.70; Three Romances, op.94; Evening Song, op.o85; and Traümerei, op.15. All of these marvellous works reflect Schumann’s wondrous lyricism and heartfelt passion; also his hallmark spontaneity and dizzying mood swings.

Joining Emanuel is the distinguished pianist Keiko Sekino: an ideal musical partner; together they achieve stirring and deeply emotional interpretations that will touch listeners’ hearts and draw them irresistibly into Schumann’s unique and ultra-romantic musical world.

“[Emanuel Gruber is] one of our great artists … [he has] an extraordinary capacity for projecting the deepest meaning of the music.” - Jerusalem Post

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