Melnikov’s Schumann

    Robert Schumann:

  • Piano Concerto and Piano Trio Number 2.

This second volume of the complete recording of the concertos and trios of Schumann shows just how badly we needed an interpretation that respects the subtleties and the transparency of Schumann’s writing. We get to listen to the following music: Schumann:

Performed by Alexander Melnikov (fortepiano) Here is a different stylistic approach to one of the finest concertos in the piano repertoire, which will undoubtedly open the way to the rediscovery of Schumann’s music as poetic as it is moving. The final installment in this series will be of the Cello Concerto and Piano Trio No. 1 with Jean-Guihen Queyras. Isabelle Faust, Alexander Melnikov, Jean-Guihen Queyras wrote the following: “The idea for this CD project arose during a tour on which we performed Robert Schumann’s Trio Op.80. As passionate admirers of the composer, we conceived the desire to place his works for piano, violin and cello in a broader context and to illuminate them mutually in order to allow listeners to gain a deeper understanding of his music. We soon agreed to play the pieces for this recording on a historical piano and stringed instruments with gut strings, using orchestral forces to match. Thanks to this, we expected our playing to be better balanced, better articulated, and more open-minded. Pablo Heras-Casado and the Freiburger Barockorchester sprang spontaneously to mind as the ideal partners for a project of this kind. And indeed they took up our idea enthusiastically and were keen and irreplaceable fellow-conspirators in the world of Schumann. Our shared journey into the magical world of this incomparable composer will remain with us as an exceptionally intense, happy and fulfilling experience.” Here are Isabelle Faust and Alexander Melnikov playing a part of Beethoven from: Sonate no.2 op.12:   And next, here is Beethoven’s Concerto in E Flat Major for Piano No.5, ‘Emperor’, Op.93, as performed by Mr. Melnikov:     Tags: Alexander Melnikov, Schumann, Isabelle Faust, Jean-Guihen Queyras