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Piano Trios op. 80 & 88, Piano Trio op. 17
Clara Wieck Schumann, Robert Schumann

Voces Intimae

Piano Trios op. 80 & 88, Piano Trio op. 17

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Format: CD
Label: Challenge Classics
UPC: 0608917267525
Catnr: CC 72675
Release date: 01 May 2015
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01 May 2015

"[''].. You can hear the fruits (of the labor) in the snappy effect of the finale, a majestic fugato.""

Klassieke Zaken, 01-8-2015
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There is no equal in music history to the fruitful intertwining of human and artistic affair between Robert Schumann (Zwickau 18010 – Endenich 1856) and Clara Wieck (Leipzig 1819 – Frankfurt am Main 19896). The peculiar stature of these two figures goes even beyond the exceptional value of their individual work and the significant role they took on for romantic music and its promotion and development. The works of Robert and Clara interpreted in this CD by the Trio Voces Intimae are interwoven with secrets, hints and references to the relationship between the two; from the magnificent Trio in G minor op.17, perhaps Clara’s masterpiece, written when she was 27 years old in 1846. Not able to travel, the musician was forced to cancel her tour and focus on this composition, testing her abilities in counterpoint writing after intensely studying Bach’s opus with her husband during the previous years. The work is influenced by Schumann’s contemporary writing, and conveys Felix Mendelssohn’s teachings in chamber music language. Robert Schumann’s Fantasiestücke in A minor op. 88, was written during the very fruitful 1842. His op.88 brings together 4 pages of different character (Romance, Humoreske, Duett and Finale), with the common trifold Lied form and a common affectionate lyricism of melodic lines. The Trio in F major op.80 is from 1847. In this Trio the counterpoint writing is especially displayed from the first movement, but it’s in the third movement that Schumann displays the apex of his chamber music art.
Het laatste deel uit de serie van Schumanns pianotrio’s
Dit album is het tweede en laatste deel van de serie met pianotrio’s van Schumann, uitgevoerd door Voces Intimae. Het bevat de pianotrio’s opus 80 en 88, en daarnaast ook het meesterlijke pianotrio opus 17 van Clara Schumann.

De werken van Robert en Clara Schumann zitten vol met verwijzingen naar hun relatie. Clara componeerde haar trio in G klein in 1846, toen ze voor de vierde keer zwanger was. Ze was gedwongen om haar tour op te zeggen, en begon zich te richten op deze compositie. Hiervoor had ze samen met haar man het oeuvre van Bach bestudeerd. Met het componeren van dit trio kon Clara haar vaardigheden op het gebied van het schrijven van contrapunt testen.

Robert Schumann componeerde zijn Fantasiestücke opus 88 in 1842. Voor zijn publicatie in 1850 stond dit werk bekend als het Trio in A. Het bestaat uit vier pagina’s met elk een ander karakter (Romance, Humoreske, Duett en Finale), gecomponeerd in de gebruikelijke driedelige liedvorm met lyrische melodische lijnen.

Het Trio in F groot opus 88 van Robert Schumann komt uit 1847. In het eerste deel toont Schumann zijn vaardigheden op het gebied van het schrijven van contrapunt, maar het is vooral het derde deel dat het hoogtepunt van Schumanns kamermuziek laat zien.

Voces Intimae maakte voor de opnames op dit album gebruik van moderne instrumenten. Het trio onderzoekt de intimiteit van de klank, de frasering en het evenwicht van de verschillende partijen. Voces Intimae laat de drie werken in hun prachtige oorspronkelijke gedaante horen.
Mit dieser Aufnahme schließen die Musiker von Voces Intimae ihre Erkundungstour des „Schumann-Hauses“, wie sie es nennen, ab – eines Herzensortes für ein legendäres Musikerpaar, an dem Musik und das Musizieren beinahe ein so grundlegendes Bedürfnis war wie das Atmen. Seine Suche hat das Ensemble im ersten Teil zum „alten“ Klang der Originalinstrumente geführt, hier nun steht daneben der modernen Klang der heutigen Instrumente. Inspiriert von einem musikalischen Gedanken, der weit über das Medium des Instrumentes hinaus geht, untersucht das Trio auf dieser Aufnahme die Intimität des Klanges, die Phrasierung und die Balance der verschiedenen Stimmen und lässt diese drei Werke in ihrer ursprünglichen, leidenschaftlichen und prächtigen Gestalt erklingen.
Secondo e ultimo volume dell’esplorazione integrale, curata da Voces Intimae, dei Trii con pianoforte di Robert Schumann. Mentre il primo volume era eseguito su strumenti d’epoca, questo secondo è su strumenti moderni. Come preziosa appendice, il Trio Op. 27 di Clara Schumann, suo capolavoro cameristico strettamente correlato alla sua vita coniugale.
Non esiste nella storia della musica un caso paragonabile al fertile intreccio di relazioni umane ed artistiche tra Robert Schumann (Zwickau 18010 – Endenich 1856) and Clara Wieck (Leipzig 1819 – Frankfurt am Main 1896). La particolare statura di queste due figure va ben al di là dell’eccezionale valore della loro opera individuale e del ruolo significativo che svolsero per la musica romantica e la sua promozione e sviluppo. Le opere di Robert e Clara qui interpretate dal Trio Voces Intimae si intersecano con segreti, allusioni e riferimenti alla relazione tra i due; dal magnifico Trio in Sol minore op. 17, forse il capolavoro di Clara, scritto nel 1846 quando aveva 27 anni. Non potendo viaggiare, la musicista fu costretta a cancellare la sua tournée e a concentrarsi su questa composizione, sperimentando le sue capacità nella scrittura contrappuntistica dopo avere studiato intensamente il catalogo di Bach con suo marito negli anni precedenti. L’opera è influenza dalla scrittura contemporanea di Schumann, e rispecchia gli insegnamenti di Felix Mendelssohn nel linguaggio canmeristico. Il Fantasiestücke in La minore op. 88 di Robert Schumann fu scritto durante il fruttuosissimo 1842. Il suo Op. 88 raccoglie 4 pagine di diverso carattere (Romance, Humoreske, Duett e Finale), accomunate dalla forma di Lied tripartita e da un affettuoso lirismo delle linee melodiche. Il Trio in Fa maggiore op. 80 risale al 1847. In questo Trio la scrittura contrappuntistica appare già dal primo movimento, ma è nel terzo movimento che Schumann raggiunge il vertice della sua arte cameristica.

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Voces Intimae

The trio Voces Intimae (Riccardo Cecchetti – piano, Luigi de Filippi – violin, Sandro Meo – violoncello) has appeared in such halls as the Wigmore Hall and St. John’s Smith Square in London, Library of Congress of Washington D.C., Frick Collection of New York, Da Camera Society of Los Angeles, Oberlin College of Oberlin (Ohio), the Oude Muziek Festival in The Netherlands, the Vredenburg in Utrecht, deSingel in Antwerp, the Festival Classique in The Hague, the Festival Europalia-Italia in Belgium, Festival dei due Mondi of Spoleto, Amici della Musica of Florence, Unione Musicale of Turin, Istituzione Universitaria dei Concerti of Rome, Bologna Festival, Amici della Musica of Perugia. The trio has given concerts for the Presidents of the Italian Republic...
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The trio Voces Intimae (Riccardo Cecchetti – piano, Luigi de Filippi – violin, Sandro Meo – violoncello) has appeared in such halls as the Wigmore Hall and St. John’s Smith Square in London, Library of Congress of Washington D.C., Frick Collection of New York, Da Camera Society of Los Angeles, Oberlin College of Oberlin (Ohio), the Oude Muziek Festival in The Netherlands, the Vredenburg in Utrecht, deSingel in Antwerp, the Festival Classique in The Hague, the Festival Europalia-Italia in Belgium, Festival dei due Mondi of Spoleto, Amici della Musica of Florence, Unione Musicale of Turin, Istituzione Universitaria dei Concerti of Rome, Bologna Festival, Amici della Musica of Perugia. The trio has given concerts for the Presidents of the Italian Republic G. Napolitano and C.A. Ciampi, at the Quirinale residence in Rome. They have appeared at BBC-Radio 3 e RAI-Radio 3. For special events Voces Intimae appears as an ensemble, as for the collaboration with the Rome Opera House in the creation of new ballet productions.
Voces Intimae records for Challenge Classics. The first release was the premiere worldwide recording on period instruments of the Robert Schumann Piano Trios op. 63 & 110. It was awarded as “Period Instrument Choice” by BBC-Radio 3 and “CD of the Month” by Suonare News. The trio’s previous recording of the complete edition of the trios of J.N. Hummel on Warner Classics, again on period instruments, was awarded “Critics CD of the Year 2006” and “CD of the Week” by BBC Radio 3’s CD Review, “Choice of the Month” by BBC Music Magazine and “Cdécisif” by the Radio Suisse Romande. Voces Intimae has also recorded the trios of Franz Schubert and Felix Mendelssohn Bartoldy, as well as a selection of a rare repertoire of 19th century Fantasias based on the operas of Vincenzo Bellini, all on period instruments.
The aim of the trio is to restore the music to the purity of its original form, and to realise the true intentions of the composer in their production of tone and phrasing. Thus, they hope to bring the authentic historical context back to life in their performance of the music. The name Voces Intimae was chosen to convey the trio’s sensitivity to the subtleties of the repertoire, preferring, for instance, to highlight the delicate suggestion of a horse’s trotting gait in the rhythm of a passage of music, rather than thoughtlessly articulating it in a manner recalling the sound of a round of artillery. In this way, the group allows the subtle complexities, the delicate and ever-shifting shades of colour, and the streaks of melancholy running through the music to shine through, all aspects which were often neglected during the 20th century.

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Composer(s)

Robert Schumann

Robert Schumann was a German composer and influential music critic. He is widely regarded as one of the greatest composers of the Romantic era. Schumann left the study of law, intending to pursue a career as a virtuoso pianist. He had been assured by his teacher Friedrich Wieck that he could become the finest pianist in Europe, but a hand injury ended this dream. Schumann then focused his musical energies on composing. Schumann's published compositions were written exclusively for the piano until 1840; he later composed works for piano and orchestra; many Lieder (songs for voice and piano); four symphonies; an opera; and other orchestral, choral, and chamber works. Works such as Carnaval, Symphonic Studies, Kinderszenen, Kreisleriana, and the Fantasie in...
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Robert Schumann was a German composer and influential music critic. He is widely regarded as one of the greatest composers of the Romantic era. Schumann left the study of law, intending to pursue a career as a virtuoso pianist. He had been assured by his teacher Friedrich Wieck that he could become the finest pianist in Europe, but a hand injury ended this dream. Schumann then focused his musical energies on composing.
Schumann's published compositions were written exclusively for the piano until 1840; he later composed works for piano and orchestra; many Lieder (songs for voice and piano); four symphonies; an opera; and other orchestral, choral, and chamber works. Works such as Carnaval, Symphonic Studies, Kinderszenen, Kreisleriana, and the Fantasie in C are among his most famous. His writings about music appeared mostly in the Neue Zeitschrift für Musik (New Journal for Music), a Leipzig-based publication which he jointly founded.
In 1840, Schumann married Friedrich Wieck's daughter Clara, against the wishes of her father, following a long and acrimonious legal battle, which found in favour of Clara and Robert. Clara also composed music and had a considerable concert career as a pianist, the earnings from which, before her marriage, formed a substantial part of her father's fortune.
Schumann suffered from a mental disorder, first manifesting itself in 1833 as a severe melancholic depressive episode, which recurred several times alternating with phases of ‘exaltation’ and increasingly also delusional ideas of being poisoned or threatened with metallic items. After a suicide attempt in 1854, Schumann was admitted to a mental asylum, at his own request, in Endenich near Bonn. Diagnosed with "psychotic melancholia", Schumann died two years later in 1856 without having recovered from his mental illness.

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Clara Wieck Schumann

Clara Wieck was a pupil of her father Friedrich in Frankfurt and performed for the first time in public when she was ten years old, with success. After a lot of squabbles, she married Robert Schumann in 1840, and she was a close friend of Brahms, especially after Schumann's death in 1856. She worked as a piano teacher, first in Berlin and later in Frankfurt, from 1878-1892. As a pianist of European stature she made since 1832 concert tours to Russia, the Netherlands and England. She mainly excelled in the work of Beethoven, Schumann and Chopin, and later on Brahms. As a composer, she wrote a piano concerto, chamber music, a piano sonata, short piano pieces, songs and cadences for piano concertos...
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Clara Wieck was a pupil of her father Friedrich in Frankfurt and performed for the first time in public when she was ten years old, with success. After a lot of squabbles, she married Robert Schumann in 1840, and she was a close friend of Brahms, especially after Schumann's death in 1856. She worked as a piano teacher, first in Berlin and later in Frankfurt, from 1878-1892.
As a pianist of European stature she made since 1832 concert tours to Russia, the Netherlands and England. She mainly excelled in the work of Beethoven, Schumann and Chopin, and later on Brahms.
As a composer, she wrote a piano concerto, chamber music, a piano sonata, short piano pieces, songs and cadences for piano concertos by Mozart and Beethoven.
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[''].. You can hear the fruits (of the labor) in the snappy effect of the finale, a majestic fugato."
Klassieke Zaken, 01-8-2015

"And one thinks: This is how Schumann should be played with exactly this artistical paradox between sensibility and hardness. There are few who reach this Schumann-tone. Voces intimae are one of them." Music 4,5 stars Sound 4 stars
Fono Forum, 20-7-2015

"The trio Voces Intimae lives up to it's name and submits a exemplary, details showing recording of three paino trio works from Robert and Clara Schumann. The liveliness, intelligence, warmth and intimacy of the performance puts it into the first row of Schumann piano trio recordings. What a phrasing, what subtle shadings, what a sense for sound!" Interpretation 5/5 Sound quality 5/5 Repertoire value 5/5 Booklet 4/5
klassik.com, 18-7-2015

3,5 stars The three Italian musicians capture the notes of Schumann with a southern generous expression. While the cello purrs comfortably, the sound of the violin is sometimes a bit thin and penetrating. The trio sound is also very direct. The listener finds himself in the middle of the music.
Telegraaf, 04-7-2015

"Inspired and full of warmth shows also the Trio Voces intimae in his new interpretation of the three works: Pianist Riccardo Cecchetti, violinist  Luigi de Filippi and celliist Sandro Meo assets your audience from the very first tone or bow line to cast a spell on. For example, in devices  without the risk, too thick to apply, make the music inherent enormous voltage significantly."
MDR Figaro, 29-6-2015

"The trio Voces Intimae are precisely that what its name suggests, and just like on the first Schumann cd the trio gives us glowing performances."
sinfinimusic.com, 24-6-2015

4****stars "It is especially the downy,very refined toucher of pianist Riccardo Cecchetti that lifts the playing of this trio above the level of other ensembles with the same repertoire.”
De Volkskrant, 24-6-2015

"It is in particular the downy, extremely delicate toucher of the pianist Riccardo Cecchetti that the playing of this trio does stand out against that of comparable ensembles."
De Volkskrant, 24-6-2015

Music used for Portrait about Schumann's Piano Trios. No quote possible about the recording.
SWR, 22-4-2015

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