Brahms, Schumann and Reinecke
In late 1853, Johannes Brahms (1833-1897) made the acquaintance of Robert Schumann
(1810-1856) and his wife Clara. Schumann was quick to recognise the genius of the then entirely
unknown twenty-year-old composer, and devoted the October issue of the Neue Zeitschrift fu?r Musik
to a laudatory article about him under the revealing title Neue Bahnen. Schumann hailed
Brahms as ‘an innovative musical force’ who offer ‘an astonishing glimpse of the secrets
of the world of the supernatural’. In retrospect, of course, we must put matters into perspective. For
it was Richard Wagner, rather than Brahms, who was to explore new musical paths in the second
half of the nineteenth century. Moreover, Brahms was averse to any form of spirituality – it was the
manic-depressive Schumann who had a craving for esotericism and was plagued by hallucinations:
only a few months later, weary of life, he jumped into the Rhine and thereafter spent the
last two years of his life in a psychiatric clinic. Whether the awakening close relationship
between Brahms and Schumann’s wife Clara played a role, remains a matter of conjecture.
Total time: 01:04:02
|Original Recording Format|
van Den Hul
Grimm DSD AD
Bruel & Kjaer, Schoeps
B&W 803 diamand series
Rens Heijnis custom made
Valthermond, The Netherlands
|Recording Type & Bit Rate||
|Release Date||January 1, 1970|
BBC Music Magazine
Long-timeprincipal horn with Concertgebouw, JAsper de Waal leads these glowing account with a lucd ease and subtle vibrato.
This disc features the music of Brahms, Schumann and Reinecke. The performances are uniformly excellent, and Channel Classics reputation is all about the recorded sound, which is exemplary here. (…)
(…) meeslepend Hoorntrio van Brahms, hartstochtelijk ’Adagio und Allegro’ van Schumann, en spannende vertolking van het Trio opus 274 van Carl Reinecke.
(…) a truly inspired acccount of Brahms . (..) first-class performance of Reinecke and Schumann (…) the recording is perfectly balanced and real.
International Record Review
(…) Waal and colleagues capture perfectly a level of sorrow, despair and anguish (…)
Wunderbar flexibler, samtweicher Ton, geschmackvoll und zupackend.
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