Chiaroscuro (Pure DSD)

Josep Colom, Ona Cardona

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Clarinetist Ona Cardona and pianist Josep Colom join forces on this recording, performing Brahms’ late masterpieces, the clarinet sonatas op. 120. Superb performances of both sonatas that framed Robert Schumann’s Fantasiestücke, op. 73 and a wonderful arrangement for clarinet and piano of Clara Schumann’s largely neglected Romanzen, op. 22.

Few relationships in the history of music are as intriguing as the one that developed between three true geniuses of German Romanticism: Robert Schumann (1810-1856), Clara Schumann (née Wieck, 1819-1896) and Johannes Brahms (1833-1897). All relationships have their beginning and end, and from the various elements of this album from Ona Cardona and Josep Colom we can read a history of the connections between this very special trinity.

The year 1849 was a tumultuous one for Robert Schumann. If the events of the Dresden Uprising that took place in the early days of May were greeted enthusiastically by Richard Wagner (1813-1883), who chose to become actively involved in the revolutionary action in the city, for Robert and his wife Clara they were a cause of alarm, leading them to take temporary exile in the nearby village of Kreischa. The upheaval did not interrupt Schumann’s astonishing creative flow, however, as he worked on such large-scale compositions as the opera Geno- veva, op. 81 (premiered in 1850, as was Wagner’s Lohengrin, a work with which Genoveva shares some common ground), the dramatic poem Manfred, op. 115, and the Scenen aus Goethes Faust, the inspiration for which was boosted by the forthcoming celebrations (in August that year) marking the centenary of the birth of German literary titan Johann Wolfgang von Goethe (1749-1832).

Chiaroscuro is a Stereo and 5 Channel DSD 256 recording with no PCM or DXD processing.  It is available exclusively at NativeDSD Music in the recorded Pure DSD 256 bit rate as well as in Stereo and 5 Channel DSD 128, DSD 64 and Stereo DSD 512.  All created in the DSD Domain by Tom Caulfield, NativeDSD Mastering Engineer using the Signalyst HQ Player 4 Pro mastering tools.

Ona Cardona – Clarinet
Josep Colom – Piano

Tracklist

1.
Sonata in F minor, op. 120/1: I. Allegro appassionato
07:56
2.
Sonata in F minor, op. 120/1: II. Andante un poco Adagio
04:40
3.
Sonata in F minor, op. 120/1: III. Allegretto grazioso
03:51
4.
Sonata in F minor, op. 120/1: IV. Vivace
05:12
5.
Fantasiestücke, op. 73: I. Zart und mit Ausdruck
03:19
6.
Fantasiestücke, op. 73: II. Lebhaft, leicht
03:22
7.
Fantasiestücke, op. 73: III. Rasch und mit Feuer
04:11
8.
Drei Romanzen, op. 22: I. Andante molto
03:10
9.
Drei Romanzen, op. 22: II. Allegretto
02:34
10.
Drei Romanzen, op. 22: III. Leidenschaftlicht schnell
03:55
11.
Sonata in E flat major, op. 120/2: I. Allegro amabile
07:56
12.
Sonata in E flat major, op. 120/2: II. Allegro appassionato
05:18
13.
Sonata in E flat major, op. 120/2: III. Andante con moto – Allegro – Più tranquillo
06:48

Total time: 01:02:12

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EUDDR2105

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Analog to Digital Converter

Horus, Merging Technologies at DSD 256

Headphones

Sennheiser

Microphone Preamplifier

Horus, Merging Technologies

Microphones

Sonodore RCM-402 & Schoeps

Monitor Loudspeakers

Dutch & Dutch 8c

Original Recording Format

Piano

1957 Model D Steinway & Sons

Piano Technician

Carles Horváth i Ysàs

Producer

Gonzalo Noqué

Recording Engineer

Gonzalo Noqué

Recording Location

Auditorio de Zaragoza, Sala Mozart in Zaragoza, Spain on July 8-10, 2020

Release Date October 8, 2021

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