Wednesday, June 03, 2015

Clara Schumann's music

I’ve talked about Robert Schumann’s “Dances of David” here (April 1, and April 26), as somewhat related to Robert’s marital relationship with Clara, so I pulled out a Tudor CD of Clara Schumann’s music, from 1992, with Veronica Jochum, piano and Joseph Silverstein, Violin, Colin Carr, cello, and Silverstein conducting the Bamberg Symphony (I think the same orchestra on a lot old Vox recordings).

The Piano Concerto in A Minor, Op. 7, 1833, was orchestrated by Robert (the marriage occurred in 1840).  Originally only the Rondo Finale was performed.  The first movement, Allegro Maestoso, sounds like an exposition, and is somewhat monothematic, declarative and perfunctory. It concludes on the Dominant E Major, before the Romance starts (briefly) leading to the lively Finale, which sounds more mature and better resembles some of the writing in Robert’s own concerto  -- except that this "main movement" stays in A Minor to the very end (Robert's finale is in the Picardy Major). This is Clara’s only “orchestral” work.
The Piano Trio in G Minor (Op, 17, about 1840, 27 minutes), seems more mature.  The second movement is a minuet, but fits well into early romantic style anyway.  The conclusion is virtuosic and somewhat light-hearted (Allegretto) but switches to major only at the very end.

YouTube shows many shorter piano works, and a Piano Sonata in G Mnor.

The Blogger link for the video above ;s "Melhoresmusicasclassicas". 
The CD also includes three Romances for Violin and Piano (Op. 22), each about three minutes. 

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