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Schumann & Brahms - Sonatas and Songs

Catalogue numberBIS-2167 SACD
Release date2020-01-03
Orig. sample rate96000Hz
Total time65:17

During the eighteenth century the cello gradually emerged from the anonymity of the continuo group, and by the beginning of the Romantic era the instrument had become an indispensable tool for composers. Robert Schumann, who had himself taken cello lessons, was very fond of it, describing is as a ‘beautiful instrument’; and Johannes Brahms, who acquired considerable skill as a cellist, praised its ‘masculine, serious character’. It is therefore to be hoped that neither composer would object to Christian Poltéra’s sensitive adaptations of their works.

Schumann and Brahms wrote three violin sonatas each, both choosing D minor as the key of one of them. These D minor works are the ones that Poltéra – together with Kathryn Stott, whose piano parts remain unchanged – offers on this disc. The two sonatas are separated by the movements that the two composers contributed to the collaborative ‘F-A-E Sonata’ – Schumann’s Intermezzo and Brahms’s Scherzo, and Poltéra and Stott close the disc with two songs – by Brahms and by Clara Schumann, the pianist and composer, and Robert’s wife and Brahms’s lifelong friend.
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Extra material for download
  Composer: Schumann, Robert
  Sonata No. 2 in D minor, Op. 121 (originally for violin and piano) 31:39
01 I. Ziemlich langsam - Lebhaft 12:56 $ 3.10 USD
02 II. Sehr lebhaft 04:22 $ 1.05 USD
03 III. Leise, einfach 05:19 $ 1.28 USD
04 IV. Bewegt 09:02 $ 2.17 USD
05 Intermezzo (from the ‘F-A-E Sonata’, 1853) 02:45 $ 0.66 USD
  Composer: Brahms, Johannes
06 Scherzo, WoO 2 (from the ‘F-A-E Sonata’, 1853) 05:34 $ 1.34 USD
  Sonata No. 3 in D Minor, Op. 108 (originally for violin and piano) 20:59
07 I. Allegro 07:55 $ 1.90 USD
08 II. Adagio 04:25 $ 1.06 USD
09 III. Un poco presto e con sentimento 02:48 $ 0.67 USD
10 IV. Presto agitato 05:51 $ 1.40 USD
11 Wie Melodien zieht es mir, Op. 105 No. 1 01:44 $ 0.42 USD
  Composer: Schumann, Clara
12 Sie liebten sich beide, Op. 13 No. 2 02:29 $ 0.60 USD
  Album total 65:17
ComposerBrahms, Johannes
Schumann, Clara
Schumann, Robert
CelloPoltéra, Christian
PianoStott, Kathryn

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