Schumann: Klavierwerke & Kammermusik, Vol. 3

Schumann: Klavierwerke & Kammermusik, Vol. 3

by Eric le Sage


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In partnership with six different instrumental soloists, French pianist Eric le Sage here demonstrates, as he also did in his 2007 Alpha recording of Robert Schumann's solo piano music, that he is deeply attuned to Schumann's characteristic balance between the passionate and the intimate. This is especially true of the first disc, on which he teams with oboist François Leleux, clarinetist Paul Meyer, violist Antoine Tamestit, and hornist Bruno Schneider in performances that emphasize the sheer loveliness of Schumann's writing; beauty of tone, balance, and melodic grace take center stage. On the second disc, le Sage teams up with violinist Gordan Nikolitch for Schumann's three sonatas for violin and piano, and the results are quite different and compelling. Here, Schumann is a more dramatic, a more driven, even a more obsessive composer. Although he sometimes seems to be pushing his technique and intonation too far, Nikolitch's dedication never falters, and his forceful interpretations are made all the more convincing by his tenacity. Le Sage responds with his most powerful playing on these two discs. Recorded in the Salle de musique of La Chaux-de-Fonds in Switzerland, Alpha's digital sound is real and natural.

Product Details

Release Date: 03/11/2008
Label: Alpha Productions
UPC: 3760014191213
catalogNumber: 121
Rank: 214977


  1. Romances (3) for oboe (or violin or cello) & piano, Op. 94
  2. Phantasiestücke (3 Fantasy Pieces) for clarinet (or cello or violin) & piano, Op. 73
  3. Stücke im Volkston (5) for cello (or violin) & piano, Op. 102
  4. Märchenbilder for viola (or violin) & piano, Op. 113
  5. Märchenerzählungen for clarinet (or violin), viola & piano, Op. 132
  6. Adagio & Allegro for horn (or violin or cello) & piano in A flat major, Op. 70
  7. Sonata for violin & piano No. 2 in D minor, Op. 121
  8. Sonata for violin & piano No. 1 in A minor, Op. 105
  9. Sonata for violin & piano No. 3 in A minor, WoO 27

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