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Robert & Clara Schumann: Piano Trios Op. 17, 88, 110

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The Swiss Piano Trio follow their recent new recording of the first two piano trios by Robert Schumann with a new disc, comprising his Phantasiestücke Op. 88, the third Piano Trio Op. 110, alongside Clara Schumann’s only Piano Trio Op. 17 in G minor which has been unjustly overshadowed by her husband’s works.more

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"The Swiss Piano Trio are at turns sensitive, passionate, richly melodic, forcefully compelling. Their playing always has such terrific ensemble and precision, with them alive to every nuance, making this trio sound a wonderful piece." (The Classical Reviewer)

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Following the highly acclaimed SACD of Robert Schumann's first two Piano Trios, Opp. 63 and 80, with the Swiss Piano Trio audite now releases a new disc, comprising his Phantasiestücke Op. 88, the third Piano Trio Op. 110, alongside Clara Schumann's only Piano Trio Op. 17 in G minor which has been unjustly overshadowed by her husband's works. Juxtaposing these works reveals the differences, but principally the similarities, of the musical idioms of Mr and Mrs Schumann. Clara Schumann's trio, composed in 1846, is an outstanding romantic work able to hold its own in the company of her husband's or Mendelssohn's trios. Whilst her work achieved public success but fell victim to the composer's harsh self-criticism, the reverse was true of Schumann's final trio, written in Düsseldorf in 1851.The unjustified verdict that this work no longer possessed the originality and mental power of Schumann's earlier works but already revealed the composer's looming illness, was responsible for this masterpiece of chamber music literature remaining unrecognised over a long period of time.

Reviews

Luister
Luister | maart/april 2014 | Emile Stoffels | March 1, 2014

Het heilig vuur is bij het Swiss Trio zeer aanwezig en met veel kleur bovendien. Tegelijkertijd is er veel precisie. Een fenomale SACD. De opname is voorbeeldig. Hoogste lof!Mehr lesen

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Het heilig vuur is bij het Swiss Trio zeer aanwezig en met veel kleur bovendien. Tegelijkertijd is er veel precisie. Een fenomale SACD. De opname is voorbeeldig. Hoogste lof!

Fanfare | Issue 36:6 (July/Aug 2013) | Jerry Dubins | July 1, 2013

This is now the third occasion on which I’ve been privileged to review a new release by the outstanding Swiss Piano Trio. The ensemble’sMehr lesen

This is now the third occasion on which I’ve been privileged to review a new release by the outstanding Swiss Piano Trio. The ensemble’s Mendelssohn trios received an urgent recommendation from me in 34:6, and its account of Tchaikovsky’s Trio, if not quite as enthusiastically received by me in 36:3, still earned my nod of approval. Expectations for this Schumann disc thus ran high, and, I’m happy to report, they were not disappointed.

Clara Schumann (1819–1896) was a devoted wife, loving mother, accomplished pianist, and, no doubt, a composer of some talent. But I’ve always felt that her eminence in the latter capacity has been exaggerated both by virtue of her being spouse to one of the most famous of romantic composers and for being somewhat of that 19th-century novelty, a female composer. It has thus come about that when someone is asked to name three or four women composers, Clara Schumann invariably tops the list. Yet, if one 19th-century composer of the female gender deserves equal billing with her male counterparts, it’s not Clara Schumann or Fanny Mendelssohn; it’s Louise Farrenc (1804–1875), a composer who wrote symphonies and chamber works on a scale and of a quality comparable to many of her male contemporaries.

The Piano Trio in G Minor, dated 1846, is Clara’s only large-scale chamber work; in fact, it’s her only chamber work of any scale, period. Most of her catalog consists of songs and pieces for solo piano, though, as a teenager, and later, with the help of her husband to be, she did try her hand at a Piano Concerto. The trio was long held to be Clara’s crowning compositional achievement; some even credited it with being the inspiration for Robert’s first numbered Trio in D Minor, op. 63, written the following year. Thus, I was rather surprised to find fewer recordings of Clara’s opus listed than I would have expected; and of those currently in the catalog, more than one logically pairs it with Fanny Mendelssohn’s Trio in D Minor, written in the same year, 1846.

Whether pairing Clara’s trio with Robert’s third and final Trio in G Minor, composed in 1851, is a logical choice or not, I can’t say, although it seems to me that juxtaposing Robert’s D Minor, the one supposedly inspired by Clara’s effort, would have made more sense. However, in addition to Robert’s G-Minor Trio, Clara’s trio also shares the disc with Robert’s 1842 Fantasiestücke, which, though otherwise named, is his actual first work in the medium, though not designated or numbered as such. The present program therefore makes this new release unique, at least insofar as other current listings are concerned, although another recent disc, which also happens to be in SACD format, contains Clara’s trio and Robert’s G Minor-Trio, but not Robert’s Fantasiestücke. That recording by the Boulanger Trio on the Ars Produktion label was filled out with a work for piano trio by Wolfgang Rihm, and was favorably reviewed by Steven E. Ritter in 33:5

I’ve not heard the Boulanger disc, but the playing here by the Swiss Piano Trio leaves nothing to be desired. I doubt that Clara’s trio has ever received a more loving performance. The only word that describes the ensemble’s tone is voluptuous, and Audite’s perfectly positioned and balanced recording affords that ideal sweet-spot perspective. I do agree with Steven that Clara’s trio is not Robert’s. One has only to listen to the first few bars of Robert’s G-Minor Trio to recognize the difference between talent and genius. But I honestly have to say that I don’t think I’ve ever appreciated Robert’s trio as much as I have in this performance. The Swiss players seem to be absolutely swept away by the score, sweeping me away in turn. It doesn’t even feel like they’re performing the piece as much as they’re becoming one with it and living and breathing it.

This is definitely going on my provisional list of Want List candidates for 2013, and I most strongly urge you to acquire it. The Swiss Piano Trio, in my opinion, has rapidly risen to become one of the very top piano trio ensembles on today’s stage.
This is now the third occasion on which I’ve been privileged to review a new release by the outstanding Swiss Piano Trio. The ensemble’s

Record Geijutsu
Record Geijutsu | July 2013 | July 1, 2013

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Pizzicato
Pizzicato | N° 232 - 4/2013 | Steff | April 1, 2013

Brillante Aufnahmetechnik, virtuoses und hochkonzentriertes Spiel, drei wunderbare Musikstücke: Was will man mehr? Das 'Swiss Piano Trio' zeigt mitMehr lesen

Brillante Aufnahmetechnik, virtuoses und hochkonzentriertes Spiel, drei wunderbare Musikstücke: Was will man mehr? Das 'Swiss Piano Trio' zeigt mit dieser Einspielung, dass es zu den besten Ensembles dieser Gattung gehört. Die Interpretationen sind wohl dosiert, so dass romantisches Feeling, melodiöse Schönheit und architektonische Feinheiten in eine ideale Balance gebracht werden. Die beiden Trios von Schumann kennt man, doch selten werden sie so prägnant gespielt wie hier. Clara Schumanns Trio ist eine Wohltat und zeigt, wie talentiert diese Frau als Komponistin war. Dank der ernsthaften Auseinandersetzung der drei Musiker auch mit Claras Musik, erleben wir ein Klaviertrio von höchster Expressivität und größter Eleganz.
Brillante Aufnahmetechnik, virtuoses und hochkonzentriertes Spiel, drei wunderbare Musikstücke: Was will man mehr? Das 'Swiss Piano Trio' zeigt mit

International Record Review
International Record Review | April 2013 | Piers Burton-Page | April 1, 2013

'Formulae, somewhat wearily manipulated … evidence of the composer' s declining powers.' Poor Schumann! His G minor Piano Trio, the third of three,Mehr lesen

'Formulae, somewhat wearily manipulated … evidence of the composer' s declining powers.' Poor Schumann! His G minor Piano Trio, the third of three, has come in for a lot of stick over the years. Joan Chissell was the doyenne of Schumann commentators in her day, the authoritative author of the book on the composer in the respected Master Musicians series. In those days, critics did not shrink from passing judgement de haut en bas on works they considered sub-standard. Some of the other verdicts one can read, on this same piece, are the reproach that it is too dominated by the middle register of each instrument, and congested as a result in terms of its textures; also that the working out of some of the material is laboured and predictable. That glimpse of a fugue in the finale, for instance.

Maybe there is some truth in all this; one might concede that Op. 110 is not quite the equal of its two fine predecessors, even while echoing their layout and structure in many ways. Something to do with the memorability – or otherwise? – of the melodic material, something to do with a clash between public utterance and private, domestic music-making: the piano trio, that arch-Romantic genre, often seems poised on just this uneasy cusp. Still, the members of the Swiss Piano Trio, who have previously set down Opp. 63 and 80 for the same German label and evidently know and love their Schumann, seem to me to hold the balance nicely: the long opening 'Allegro' is nicely paced, not too fast but with something in reserve for the end, the inner movements (both half the length of the outer) also sure of themselves as character-pieces. The sound – the recording was made in a converted Huguenot church in Neuchâtel, last year – is agreeable, as you would perhaps hear it a few rows back, with the piano in proper perspective, i.e. not too close. Eight pages of comprehensive notes by Wolfgang Rathert offer a comprehensive survey of Schumann's chamber music, concentrating in particular on key-relationships in these trios, and are for the most part deftly translated by Viola Scheffel.

It is when Op. 110 is set against the Op. 88 Phantasiestücke for the same combination that one scratches one's head, again. Despite the high opus number these 'Fantasy Pieces' date in essence from 1842. And though the four pieces certainly don't suggest an organic Trio – the long and lively 'Humoreske' in the middle for a start would upset the balance of the movements – I can't help the entirely subjective feeling that the composer's inspiration was indeed burning rather brighter here. The short opening 'Romanze' and the upbeat march-like finale have that indefinable something that all lovers of this composer will recognize: something to do with energy and uplift, is it, or the arc of the melodies?

By way of further contrast, the Swiss Piano Trio opts to let husband and wife go head to head by putting Clara's sole example of the genre – in the same key as her husband's, be it noted – as the first item on the release. It can certainly stand the scrutiny and there are plenty of original touches: for instance, the second movement is a scherzo but in the manner of a minuet, and in it, the trio section indulges in some Baroque-style dotted rhythms. The players respect the 'Allegretto' marking of the finale, even while recognizing that it is a vigorous piece, complete with predictable fugato, that benefits from a firm hand on the tiller. Clara's G minor Trio dates from 1846, Robert's from 1851. I sense no rivalry at work, only the desire to write good music. In their own way each succeeded, and it is good to have their vision as nicely represented as it is here.
'Formulae, somewhat wearily manipulated … evidence of the composer' s declining powers.' Poor Schumann! His G minor Piano Trio, the third of three,

Musik & Theater | März 2013 | Sibylle Schäfer | March 1, 2013 Schumanniana

Clara Schumann, geborene Wieck, die Robert Schumann um mehr als vierMehr lesen

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Clara Schumann, geborene Wieck, die Robert Schumann um mehr als vier

The Strad
The Strad | March 2013 | David Denton | March 1, 2013 A welcome exploration of piano trios by the two Schumanns

Listening to this performance of Clara Schumann's Piano Trio, one can wellMehr lesen

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BBC Music Magazine
BBC Music Magazine | March 2013 | JD | March 1, 2013

An attractive programme but the playing of the Swiss Piano Trio is, though enthusiastic, rather underimagined. A certain heavy-handedness does littleMehr lesen

An attractive programme but the playing of the Swiss Piano Trio is, though enthusiastic, rather underimagined. A certain heavy-handedness does little for the Fantasiestücke.
An attractive programme but the playing of the Swiss Piano Trio is, though enthusiastic, rather underimagined. A certain heavy-handedness does little

www.ResMusica.com
www.ResMusica.com | Le 20 février 2013 | Jean-Luc Caron | February 20, 2013 Inoubliables Trios avec piano de Clara et Robert Schumann

Monsieur et Madame Schumann, 157 et 117 ans après leur disparition,Mehr lesen

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Monsieur et Madame Schumann, 157 et 117 ans après leur disparition,

http://theclassicalreviewer.blogspot.de | Monday, 28 January 2013 | January 28, 2013 Highly recommended Audite release of Piano Trios by Clara and Robert Schumann from the Swiss Piano Trio

The Swiss Piano Trio are at turns sensitive, passionate, richly melodic, forcefully compelling. Their playing always has such terrific ensemble and precision, with them alive to every nuance, making this trio sound a wonderful piece.Mehr lesen

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The Swiss Piano Trio are at turns sensitive, passionate, richly melodic, forcefully compelling. Their playing always has such terrific ensemble and precision, with them alive to every nuance, making this trio sound a wonderful piece.

Ensemble - Magazin für Kammermusik
Ensemble - Magazin für Kammermusik | 3-2013 Juni/Juli | Robert Nemecek Differenziert & homogen

Das Schweizer Klaviertrios, das Homogenität mit hoher Differenzierungskunst verbindet: [...] Der warme Ton, die atmende Phrasierung und das geschmeidige Zusammenspiel ergeben zusammen eine im besten Sinne "romantische" InterpretationMehr lesen

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Robert & Clara Schumann: Piano Trios Op. 17, 88, 110
article number: 92.549
EAN barcode: 4022143925497
price group: ACX
release date: 7. December 2012
total time: 77 min.

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Record Geijutsu
japanische Rezension siehe PDF...
Mar 17, 2014
Review

Luister
Muziek met werken van de Schumanns. Wat een koppel moet dat zijn geweest! Ik ben...
Jan 8, 2014
Review

Fanfare
This is now the third occasion on which I’ve been privileged to review a new...
Jun 3, 2013
Review

Ensemble - Magazin für Kammermusik
Differenziert & homogen
Apr 24, 2013
Review

International Record Review
'Formulae, somewhat wearily manipulated … evidence of the composer' s...
Apr 9, 2013
Review

Pizzicato
Brillante Aufnahmetechnik, virtuoses und hochkonzentriertes Spiel, drei...
Mar 21, 2013
Review

The Strad
A welcome exploration of piano trios by the two Schumanns
Mar 21, 2013
Review

Musik & Theater
Schumanniana
Mar 6, 2013
Review

http://theclassicalreviewer.blogspot.de
Highly recommended Audite release of Piano Trios by Clara and Robert Schumann from the Swiss Piano Trio
Feb 27, 2013
Review

www.ResMusica.com
Inoubliables Trios avec piano de Clara et Robert Schumann
Feb 18, 2013
Review

BBC Music Magazine
An attractive programme but the playing of the Swiss Piano Trio is, though...

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