Schumann - Cello Concerto, Piano Trio no.1
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Label: Harmonia Mundi
Cat No: HMC902197
Format: CD + DVD
Number of Discs: 2
Release Date: 1st April 2016
ArtistsJean-Guihen Queyras (cello)
Isabelle Faust (violin)
Alexander Melnikov (piano)
"The idea for this CD project arose during a tour on which we performed Robert Schumannís Trio Op.80. As passionate admirers of the composer, we conceived the desire to place his works for piano, violin and cello in a broader context and to illuminate them mutually in order to allow listeners to gain a deeper understanding of his music. We soon agreed to play the pieces for this recording on a historical piano and stringed instruments with gut strings, using orchestral forces to match. Thanks to this, we expected our playing to be better balanced, better articulated, and more open-minded. Pablo Heras-Casado and the Freiburger Barockorchester sprang spontaneously to mind as the ideal partners for a project of this kind. And indeed they took up our idea enthusiastically and were keen and irreplaceable fellow-conspirators in the world of Schumann. Our shared journey into the magical world of this incomparable composer will remain with us as an exceptionally intense, happy and fulfilling experience." - Isabelle Faust, Alexander Melnikov, Jean-Guihen Queyras
This final disc Ö is easily the most convincing of the set. Queyras gives an intimately conversational account of the Cello Concerto, never turning it into a virtuoso vehicle for its own sake, and persuades the Freiburg Baroque Orchestra under Pablo Heras-Casado to give him equally gentle, refined support. In the D minor Trio, both his and Faustís supplely expressive phrasing goes a long way towards mitigating Melnikovís tendency to over-assertiveness, too, though the pianistís playing is by no means one-dimensional and he conjures some delicate, silvery sonorities from the 1847 Streicher instrument that he has used throughout the series. Andrew Clements
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