Schumann by Arrangement: Album for the Young op.68 (arr. Karttunen) | Toccata Classics TOCC0522

Schumann by Arrangement: Album for the Young op.68 (arr. Karttunen)


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Label: Toccata Classics

Cat No: TOCC0522

Format: CD

Number of Discs: 1

Genre: Chamber

Release Date: 29th March 2019



Schumann’s Album für die Jugend, op.68, of 1848 appears to be a collection of simple teaching pieces for children. But its unassuming exterior hides a wealth of inter-connected references: to Bach and to William Blake (whose Songs of Innocence and Experience it shadows), and to the life of the Romantic artist as reflected in nature and the passage of the seasons. Anssi Karttunen’s transcription for string trio brings a textural subtlety that enhances the unsuspected layers of meaning in Schumann’s modest miniatures – revealed, over 170 years after their composition, as an essential Romantic manifesto.

The Zebra Trio consists of the Austrian violinist Ernst Kovacic, Canadian violist Steven Dann and Finnish cellist Anssi Karttunen, each bringing a vast experience in chamber music, in different styles and in working with living composers to the world of the string trio. The Zebra Trio has always mixed familiar masterpieces with new works and transcriptions, combining all of these in creative ways in their concerts.

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