One of the most grown-up review sites around

2020
54,416 reviews
and more.. and still writing ...

Search MusicWeb Here

     
  
 

 

International mailing


 
Founder: Len Mullenger                                    Editor in Chief:John Quinn             

 

Support us financially by purchasing this from

Clara SCHUMANN (1819-1896)
Piano Concerto in A minor, Op. 7A (1835) [20'56];
Piano Trio in G minor, Op. 17b (1846) [27'37];
Three Romances for Violin and Piano, Op. 22c (1853) [8'58].
Veronica Jochum (piano); bColin Carr (cello);
aBamberg Symphony Orchestra/Joseph Silverstein (bcviolin).
rec. 6-8 Jan 1988 (no venue given). DDD.
TUDOR MUSIQUE OBLIGE 788 [57'58]

The Naxos coupling of Clara Schumann's Piano Concerto (with Francesco Nicolosi) and Piano Trio was a MusicWeb 'Recording of the Month' review. Now along comes this Tudor offering, providing strong competition and there’s an extra work thrown in.

Veronica Jochum - yes, his daughter - is a more than able pianist. She has the advantage of a well-respected orchestra behind her which brings drama and a brisk approach to the opening. The recording has a fine depth but someone was perhaps a little too lavish with the reverb, I would suggest. If Jochum's entry is on the pedestrian side, one soon warms to her more sensitive side - excellent voicing throughout. She shines in the Romanze, a truly interior statement despite the faster tempo than the Naxos offering. Note the solo cello - rather wiry on the Naxos - is much better here, entering into real duet with the soloist. The finale (Allegro non troppo) is taken at its tempo giusto; it just feels right. Jochum reveals a real sense of fantasy here, too.

Both discs include the 1846 Trio. Tudor's recording is excellent, revealing a real sense of space. The three players radiate spontaneity. Again, each movement is faster on Tudor but, importantly, there is never any sense of rushing. Rather, the work unfolds naturally with a real sense of give-and-take from the players. The Tudor account's tempo for the Scherzo (Tempo di menuetto) seems to sit precisely in between the tempo of a stately minuet and that of a more impetuous scherzo, and is remarkably effective for it. Jochum, Silverstein and Carr display supreme delicacy. To their credit, the third movement is far closer to the stipulated Andante than the Naxos team provide - who err towards Adagio, yet there is no loss of emotive depth. Pure affection characterises the finale, the inviting warmth of the opening saying it all.

The final piece is the Three Romances for violin and piano, Op. 22; an interesting opus number, as the booklet claims Clara only wrote 21 opuses! - this just after claiming the Piano Trio and the Romances are both Op. 17! The first, an Andante molto, seems initially to be more questing than any music heard so far. It settles to an easier flow, expressively given here by Silverstein and Jochum. There is an attractive light touch to the central Allegretto before a rather unsettled finale - marked Leidenschaftlich, schnell - closes the disc most effectively.

So, which to choose?. Ideally, own both the Naxos and the Tudor if you can as there is no doubting the strength of Nicolosi's advocacy on the former. Yet there is the bonus of an extra piece on the Tudor, plus a finer orchestra for the concerto ...

Colin Clarke

 

 


Advertising on
Musicweb


Donate and keep us afloat

 

New Releases

Naxos Classical
All Naxos reviews

Chandos recordings
All Chandos reviews

Hyperion recordings
All Hyperion reviews

Foghorn recordings
All Foghorn reviews

Troubadisc recordings
All Troubadisc reviews


all cpo reviews

Divine Art recordings
Click to see New Releases
Get 10% off using code musicweb10
All Divine Art reviews


All APR reviews

Lyrita recordings
All Lyrita Reviews

 

Wyastone New Releases
Obtain 10% discount

Recordings of the Month

November 2022
Bach
Bach Orchestral Suites

del Cinque
Del Cinque Cello sonatas

Fujita Mozart
Mao Fujita Mozart

Stanczyk
Stanczyk Acousmatic Music

Oropesa

October 2022

Berg Violin Concerto
Violin Concerto Elmes

DEbussy Jeux
Debussy Jeux

Romantic pioano masters
Romantic Piano Masters

The future is female - Vol 2
Volume 2 - The Dance

impromptu harp music
Complete Harp Impromptus

 


Return to Index

Untitled Document


Reviews from previous months
Join the mailing list and receive a hyperlinked weekly update on the discs reviewed. details
We welcome feedback on our reviews. Please use the Bulletin Board
Please paste in the first line of your comments the URL of the review to which you refer.