Tuesday, February 7, 2017

Schumann, Georg. (1866-1952) Chamber Music.

From my collection.
Bought in November 2016.
First listen: 15-12-2016.
Second listen: 7-2-2017.
Label: CPO.
Recording dates: October 2013 & April 2014.
Recording venue: BR Studio München, Germany.
Recording engineer: Ulrike Schwarz.
Running time: 71:49.
Classical relevance: For me essential.

Works performed: 
Piano Quartet, opus 29 in F minor.
Sonata for Cello & Piano, opus 19 in E minor.

Works performed by:
Münchner Klaviertrio.

A composer who stands with both feet in Johannes Brahms tradition. He inserted some modernity into his compositions, but basically you hear Brahms extended. I see that as a compliment, for if you can equal Brahms you are good, and Schumann certainly is. I tasted his chamber music before by another CPO recording so I knew what I bought. And it only strengthened my opinion of him. He inserts more passion, dares to step further out of line, and gets some wonderful harmonies as a result. The romantic impact of his writing is having a major influence in the music. Just sample the second movement of the opus 29, and you will know why. But also the second movement of opus 19 will do. I personally have a penchant towards this work with its fine sonorities. I like listen to his music, it is as if Brahms lived much longer, but that is not to say that Schumann copies, far from it. He simply belongs to a long line of composers that kept to the old ways, shunning new fangled modernity.
The recording is good, and the performance is superb. Well worth listening.


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