SCHU­MANN: VI­O­LIN CON­CERTO; PI­ANO TRIO NO 3

The Irish Times - Friday - The Ticket - - MUSIC REVIEWS - Har­mo­nia Mundi HMC 902196 MICHAEL DER­VAN

Re­ceived wis­dom has it that Schu­mann’s late works fall off cre­atively, mir­ror­ing the com­poser’s fail­ing men­tal health. Th­ese pe­riod in­stru­ment per­for­mances think dif­fer­ently. I’ve never heard quite such a sear­ing ac­count of the Vi­o­lin Con­certo’s open­ing move­ment. It’s as if the mu­sic has been stretched and dark­ened, with soloist and orches­tra glo­ry­ing in ten­sion and clashes cre­ated through the illusion that var­i­ous strands of the mu­sic have been made to ad­here to each other. There’s noth­ing quite as dar­ing else­where, though ev­ery mo­ment com­mu­ni­cates with con­sis­tent con­vic­tion.url.ie/55ay

Is­abelle Faust (vi­o­lin), Freiburger Barock­o­rch­ester/Pablo Heras-Casado, JeanGui­hen Queyras (cello), Alexander Mel­nikov (pi­ano)

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