Schumann - Complete Symphonic Works Vol.4 | Audite AUDITE97717

Schumann - Complete Symphonic Works Vol.4

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Label: Audite

Cat No: AUDITE97717

Format: CD

Number of Discs: 1

Genre: Orchestral

Release Date: 26th February 2016

Contents

Artists

Patricia Kopatchinskaja (violin)
Denes Varjon (piano)
WDR-Sinfonieorchester

Conductor

Heinz Holliger

Works

Schumann, Robert

Piano Concerto in A minor, op.54
Violin Concerto in D minor, WoO23

Artists

Patricia Kopatchinskaja (violin)
Denes Varjon (piano)
WDR-Sinfonieorchester

Conductor

Heinz Holliger

About

This fourth volume of the complete orchestral works by Robert Schumann presents both his most underestimated and his most famous concertos. Patricia Kopatchinskaja takes the experimental qualities of the Violin Concerto, a late work, as a guiding principle, rising above clichéd Romanticist tradition in a typically distinctive, energetic interpretation. This 'de-Romanticised' reading clearly distinguishes Schumann’s Violin Concerto from the glittering Romantic concertos of the time, contrasting brilliant, attention-seeking virtuosity with musical mastery at the service of an overall concept.

In the Piano Concerto, Dénes Várjon also expresses a particular Romantic clarity, characterised by fresh sounds and fluid tempi. He trusts in the impact of the work standing on its own by opting for an approach that is not overly Romanticist. His stringent interpretation is informed by many years of performing Schumann, including his chamber works.

Dénes Várjon has a track record with Schumann recordings: his CD of the Sonatas of Robert Schumann recorded with Carolin Widmann was released in 2008. His recording of Schumann pieces with the cellist Steven Isserlis was released in 2009 on the Hyperion label. His solo CD with pieces of Berg, Janácek and Liszt was released in January 2012 by ECM, with whom he has also recorded works by Heinz Holliger, who requested Várjon for this Audite project.

Reviews

Kopatchinskaja’s sound is uncompromising here; stark and straight,  her strength matched by the ensemble, no-one’s trying make this into a prettier concerto than it seems, and to my ears, it gains from that approach … you come out of this recording with renewed respect for Schumann’s originality and for Holliger’s determination not to add too much sugar in his Schumann series for Audite.  Andrew McGregor
Record Review (BBC Radio 3) 27 February 2016

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