Results tagged “Robert Schumann” from onegoodmove

Gypsy's Candles for Robert

Schumann, that is. Why he'd be 200 today if he hadn't treated himself so roughly during his lifetime. There was too much brain inside that guy, methinks. He screwed up his piano performance career by screwing up his ring finger(s). He did meet hi future wife, Clara Wieck during his studies with her father, although the marriage was to happen many many years later. Also, he took on the role of Florestan and Eusebius as part of critic schtick in the Neue Zeitschrift für Musik, the music journal still in publication today.

candle 1: Carnaval, Op. 9: a piano masterwork by any standard. Schumann begins almost every section with a sort of soggetto cavato, musically representing the town of Asch (A=A, S=E flat, C=C, H=B). Asch was that burg of Schumann's former lover Ernestine von Fricken, and Schumann depict her, Clara Wieck, Florestan and Eusebius, the Davidites and the Philistines, Chopin and Paganinni; you get the gist. Follow Claudio Arrau's 1961 performance in 4 parts on youtube.

candle 2 Dichterliebe, Op. 48 (A Poet's Love) - a song cycle based on Poems by Heinrich Heine. These were composed after Robert and Clara finally tied the knot. Baritone Philippe Sly and pianist Sanaz Sotoudeh perform the 1st 7 lieder in concert at McGill in Montréal.

candle 3 (one to grow on you) Waldszenen (Forest Scene), Op. 82, No. 7 (on same recording as Carnaval). For you bird lovers: hear mvt. 7, Vogel als Prophet (The Prophet Bird) performed by Dame Myra Hess in a 1931 performance.

(tip to Brian Donohue)

Gypsy's 3 on the return week

More favorites, reminiscent of - but explicitly for - Spring. We're having pre-June today in Des Moines and I just cannot resist.

Robert Schumann Symphony No. 3 in E flat Major "Rhenish" - our bi-polar Renaissance man was all happy when he wrote this one. True, there is a funeral movement, but it's counteracted by the finale. Here's Christoph von Dohnányi with Cleveland. There are other good recordings out there as well, but it's getting tough to find samples, especially the free kind. Jarvi on youtube

Igor Stravinsky Pulcinella ballet suite - based on music of Pergolesi. This stuff makes me pretty happy, so I hope it does the same for you. Pierre Boulez is conducting the BBC Orchestra. Mehta on youtube

Ludwig van Beethoven Symphony No. 6 in F Major "Pastorale" - I'm caving into the typical expectation here, but I think it's worth the mild transgression. Paavo Jarvi conducts the Deutsches Kammerphilharmonie Bremen. period instrument performances on youtube

Gypsy's Weekly 3

Just things I like:

Robert Schumann Symphony No. 3 in E flat "Rhenish"

Johannes Brahms Double Concerto - for Violin, 'Cello, and Orchestra

Astor Piazzolla 5 Tango Sensations Piazzolla on bandeneon with the Kronos Quartet.

Averaging in at 30 minutes per pieces (+ or -), take these pieces at face value. Got in from traveling, unpacked, laundry, reading 1gm, and now to rest up for tomorrow's shovel fest and workathon.