Robert Schumann – Pieces for Oboe and Piano

ALEXEI UTKIN, Igor Tchetuev

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Original Recording Format: DSD 64

In his youth Schumann was reputed to be a tender-hearted and desperate Romantic. This is undoubtedly true. We need only recall his ardent love for future wife Clara and how passionately he fought for her, how fervently he poured his feelings into numerous piano pieces and spared no effort in writing critical articles, where he furiously attacked Philistines and waxed lyrical about talented young composers such as Berlioz and Chopin.
When Schumann later found family happiness and his life became more tranquil, at least to outward appearances, characteristics that had previously lain hidden finally surfaced. The pieces recorded for this album give an idea of what the mature Schumann was like as a person and what interested him. Nearly all of them (except the violin sonata) were composed in Dresden, where he lived from 1844 to 1849. It should be mentioned that the change in Schumann’s place of residence which involved leaving Leipzig, the epicentre of musical activity, and moving to quiet, peaceful Dresden was undertaken on the advice of his doctors. The composer suffered from bipolar affective disorder. He was overcome by bouts of terrible depression which, in the end, also led to his death. Initially the move brought no relief: ‘I am still badly afflicted and often quite despondent. I am not allowed to work at all, only to rest and take walks, but often I lack the strength even for a stroll,’ wrote the composer in October 1844.

Tracklist

1.
Fantasy Pieces, op.73. - Zart und mit Ausdruck
03:26
2.
Fantasy Pieces, op.73. - Lebhaft, leicht
03:38
3.
Fantasy Pieces, op.73. - Rasch und mit Feuer
04:42
4.
Adagio and Allegro, op.70
08:13
5.
Three Romances, op.94. - Nicht schnell
03:31
6.
Three Romances, op.94. - Einfach, innig
03:59
7.
Three Romances, op.94. - Nicht schnell
04:41
8.
Sonata in A minor for violin and piano, op.105. - Mit leidenschaftlichem Ausdruck
08:08
9.
Sonata in A minor for violin and piano, op.105. - Allegretto
03:24
10.
Sonata in A minor for violin and piano, op.105. - Lebhaft
05:17

Total time: 00:48:59

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Original Recording Format

Digital Converters

Meitner design

Composers

Microphones

Neumann km130; DPA (B & K) 4006 ; DPA (B & K) 4011 SCHOEPS mk2S; SCHOEPS mk41

Producer

Michael Serebryanyi

Recording Engineer

Erdo Groot, Roger de Schot

Recording location

5th Studio of The Russian Television and Radio Broadcasting, Moscow

Recording Type & Bit Rate

DSD64

Recording Software

Merging

SKU

CM0042008

Release Date September 9, 2015
SKU CM0042008

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