Schumann - Cello Concerto, Works for Cello & Piano | Naxos 8573786

Schumann - Cello Concerto, Works for Cello & Piano


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Label: Naxos

Cat No: 8573786

Format: CD

Number of Discs: 1

Release Date: 11th May 2018



Schumann’s love of the cello, which developed when he learned the instrument as a young man, is expressed most fully in his Cello Concerto in A minor. It is a work marked by freshness of spirit and singing lyricism and stands as a rich example of mid-19th-century Romanticism. The series of characterful small pieces that include Fünf Stücke im Volkston reveals Schumann’s joy in the cello’s unique lyrical capabilities. The Drei Romanzen and the Intermezzo from the F–A–E Sonata are presented here in new arrangements for cello and piano by Gabriel Schwabe.

Schwabe has recently received great critical reviews for his Saint-Saëns disc (8573737) including a Gramophone Choice award: “Exceptional…Schwabe plays with a light heart and produces a light, airy tone to match, combined with a nonchalance and poise that I found most attractive.”

Schwabe’s first Naxos recording with pianist Nicholas Rimmer features Brahms’s Cello Sonatas and Songs (8573489). American Record Guide wrote of it: “technique and musicianship are excellent and I can recommend this program highly.” Meanwhile Fanfare wrote: “Schwabe plays with a beautifully smooth and sweet tone. In addition, his intonation and finger-to-bow coordination are spot-on.”

Lars Vogt is a Grammy Award-nominated pianist who is currently music director of the Royal Northern Sinfonia since May 2014. His recordings on Ondine has gained a lot of praises particularly for his playing, and was nominated as Gramophone Artist of the Year in 2017.

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