[ Decca Australian Eloquence / 2 CD ]
Release Date: Friday 11 May 2007
"This generous collection of Schumann's concertante works goes straight to the top of the list. In fact, to the best of my knowledge as a collection it is completely unchallenged. Music-lovers owe an enormous debt of thanks to Cyrus Meher-Homji at Universal Music Australia for far-sighted releases like these, which satisfy beginner and seasoned collector alike. At the Eloquence price, this is an unmissable bargain."
(MusicWeb Bargain of the Month April 2007)
"unlikely to be surpassed for a long time" Gramophone (Violin Concerto)
"Every orchestral thread gleams ...the cellist's most confidential whisper (and there are many) is never lost." Gramophone (Cello Concerto)
A unique collection, bringing together Schumann's Concertos and concertante works, including the first international release of Ingrid Haebler's recording of the Piano Concerto and Barenboim's of the Konzertstück for Four Horns. The unjustly neglected Concert Pieces, Opp. 92 and 134 are given glorious readings by Ashkenazy, and both the Cello and Violin Concertos receive admirable performances from Lynn Harrell and Joshua Bell, respectively.
1. Piano Concerto in A minor, Op. 54 (1846) [33:30]
2. Cello Concerto in A minor, Op. 129 (1850) [25:29]
3. Konzertstück in F major for Four Horns and Orchestra, Op. 86 (1849) [18:49]
4. Introduction and Allegro appassionato, Op. 92 (1849) [16:39]
5. Concert Allegro with Introduction in D minor, Op. 134 (1853) [15:26]
6. Violin Concerto in D minor (1853) [27:37]
7. Overture, Scherzo and Finale, Op. 52 (1841) [15:24]