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A Second Glance : A Parallel Portrait of Harriet Beecher Stowe & Clara Schumann


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  • Performer: Robert Schumann
  • Audio CD (May 15, 2000)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • ASIN: B00004TTI7
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,854,140 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Andante molto, Three Romances, op. 22 - Clara Schumann
2. Clara Schumann speaks
3. Song Without Words, Op. 8 - Fanny Hensel
4. Clara Schumann speaks
5. Allegretto, Three Romances, Op. 22 - Clara Schumann
6. Leidenschaftlich schnell, Three Romances, Op. 22 - Clara Schumann
7. Clara Schumann speaks
8. Largo, Sonata in G minor, op. 65 - Frederic Chopin
9. Clara Schumann speaks
10. Zart mit Ausdruck, Fantasy pieces, Op. 73 - Robert Schumann
11. Clara Schumann speaks
12. Lebhaft leicht, Fantasy Pieces, Op. 73 - Robert Schumann
13. Clara Schumann speaks
14. Rasch und mit Feuer, Fantasy Pieces, Op. 73 - Robert Schumann
15. Jeanie, with the Light Brown Hair - Stephen Foster
16. Clara Schumann speaks
17. Dreaming, Op. 15 - Amy Beach

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By W. Robert Chapman on December 14, 2000
Format: Audio CD
In the Asylum Hill neighborhood of Hartford, CT, there is a tourist attraction called Nook Farm. Mark Twain's flamboyant red-brick, sidewheeler-style house is there. Across the lawn is a more austere white-brick house formerly occupied by the Rev. and Mrs. Calvin Stowe. Mrs. Stowe was a daughter of the Rev. Lyman Beecher, one of the most famous Protestant clergymen in 19th-century America. After serializing "Uncle Tom's Cabin" in 1851, this shy, slight woman was gently chided eleven years later by President Lincoln as being "the little woman who wrote the book that started this great war!"
Across the Atlantic, Clara Wieck Schumann was the best-known female concert pianist in the world. Unlike her contemporary Stowe, she lived a very public life. The wife of composer Robert Schumann, Clara had sublimated her own composing career in order to champion her mentally ill husband's, arranging to have his works performed at every opportunity.
In 1853 (or thereabouts), Stowe went on an abolitionist tour of Great Britain. Clara Schumann is supposed to have been in London at about the same time. The two ladies never met but Chamber Music Plus's Harry Clark decided to speculate on what they might have said to one another had they actually met. (In an earlier version of this Parallel Portrait, held at the Avery Theater of the Wadsworth Atheneum, this writer--an operatic baritone--performed an utterly forgettable bit of musical ephemera written to celebrate Stowe's trip: "Welcome to London, Harriet Beecher Stowe." Happily, that strophic ditty was dropped from the show and does not take up space on this CD!)
The present recording, featuring actress Jill Clayburgh, represents Clark's evolving thoughts about the format of this unusual genre.
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