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Sonatas for Violin & Piano 1-3
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I love this CD much more than I can explain in my poor English. My prefered Schumann and strongly recommended!
Schumann's contribution to this genre is not generally given its due. No. 1 gets a look in from time to time and is the shortest and best known of the three (being the one that fits most neatly into what is expected of a violin sonata).
All the sonatas are late works, Nos. 1 and 2 written in 1851 and No. 3 in 1853, soon before his cataclysmic mental breakdown. I am tired of hearing the overstated view that Schumann's later oeuvre is tarnished or flawed by his failing mental powers. Ok sure - we all know he went nuts! But I truly believe that somehow his musical process was not adversely affected by this. In fact his creativity may even have been ignited by it. Schumann could compose intensely with his full powers and it was only later, after he finished, that he tended to collapse emotionally and need long periods to recover.
In the hands of these two inspiring musicians these sonatas are shown to be important and wonderful works of Schumann's later years. No. 2 in particular comes across as vital and touching. In the last movement Faust's rhythmic exuberance makes light of the odd awkward passage and makes a feature of them instead! No. 3 is the least popular and known of the three and can be less convincing or gripping than the first two. Not so here. Note especially the unusually virtuosic (for Schumann) violin passage in the final movement and the joy with which it is devoured.
These same virtues are in evidence in the First Sonata, whose yearning first movement gets a hearty, muscular reading. But the pretty simplicity of the second movement is not slighted, and Faust and Avenhaus do as well as they can by the somewhat empty faux-Baroque athleticism of the third movement, crowned by one of the most gorgeous of Schumann's melodies, played for all it's worth by Faust. In fact, there is an edgy drama to Faust's playing that makes the movement more of an occasion than it is with some violinists.Read more ›
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These performances are absolutely stunning, so much so that a reappraisal of Schumann’s Violin sonatas is in order. Read morePublished 9 months ago by Hiram Gòmez Pardo Venezuela
Schumann wrote these three works late in life at the end of 1853 just months before attempting to kill himself by drowning in early 1854. Read morePublished 11 months ago by I. Giles
While not a classical musician or scholar, I enjoy music generally, so my comments hopefully will be useful to persons with catholic tastes and who probably enjoy and are exploring... Read morePublished on December 1, 2009 by Malcolm S. Rayment