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Schumann - Piano Trios, Vol. 1

Composer Robert Schumann
Performer Kungsbacka Piano Trio
Period Romantic
Catalogue Number BIS-2437 SACD
EAN 7318599924373
Format SACD Hybrid

This hybrid disc plays on both CD and SACD players
SACD Surround - SACD Stereo - CD Stereo

Release date Feb 2020
Total time 76'19


It was in 1842, his ‘year of chamber music’ that Robert Schumann took on the combination of violin, cello and piano for the first time. He seems to have decided against releasing the resulting Fantasiestücke as a fully-fledged piano trio, however, but later returned to the work, revising it for publication. The model here is not the large-scale, quasi-symphonic trios of Beethoven or Schubert – instead Haydn’s characteristic trio textures spring to mind, especially in the first two movements&&& where the cello largely follows the piano’s left-hand bass line.

By the time the Fantasiestücke was published in 1850, Schumann had already written two ‘proper’ piano trios, No. 1 in D minor and No. 2 in F major. According to the composer the second of these ‘makes a friendlier and more immediate impression’ but it is in fact the D minor trio that has long been the more popular: passionate, mainly extrovert and bursting with fine thematic material it is the easiest to grasp on one hearing. Both works are filled to capacity with imitative writing, sometimes conspicuously so but often subtly as if on a subconscious level – an aspect that the members of the Kungsbacka Piano Trio, with more than 20 years of playing together, are able to make the most of.
 
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  Robert Schumann
  Piano Trio No. 1 in D minor, Op. 63 31'10
01 I. Mit Energie und Leidenschaft 11'57
02 II. Lebhaft, doch nicht zu rasch - Trio 4'50
03 III. Langsam, mit inniger Empfindung - Bewegter - Tempo I 6'22
04 IV. Mit Feuer - Nach und nach schneller 8'01
 
  Fantasiestucke, Op. 88 18'23
05 I. Romanze. Nicht schnell, mit innigem Ausdruck 2'22
06 II. Humoreske. Lebhaft - Etwas lebhafter 6'48
07 III. Duett. Langsam und mit Ausdruck 3'20
08 IV. Finale. Im Marsch-Tempo 5'53
 
  Piano Trio No. 2 in F major, Op. 80 26'40
09 I. Sehr lebhaft 7'47
10 II. Mit innigem Ausdruck - Lebhaft 7'57
11 II. In mäßiger Bewegung 5'09
12 IV. Nicht zu rasch 5'47
 
  Album total 76'19
ComposerSchumann, Robert
EnsembleKungsbacka Piano Trio

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