Schumann: Cello Transcriptions

Schumann: Cello Transcriptions
Composer Friedrich Wilhelm Ludwig Grützmacher, Robert Schumann
Artist Francesco Dillon cello
Emanuele Torquati piano
Format 2 CD
Cat. number 94060
EAN code 5028421940601
Release October 2010

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Schumann and the cello: we may think of the fine, late and rhapsodic Cello Concerto, or the lighter Stücke im Volkston, much beloved of cello students this past century and a half. But here is something different: songs, piano works – including the complete Kinderszenen cycle – and the Second Violin Sonata, all arranged for cello and piano.

The arrangements were made by Friedrich Grützmacher, that indefatigable populariser of the cello in mid-19th-century Germany and tireless appropriater and editor of other men’s music for the cello at a time when his instrument had to get by on precious few original pieces – the Vivaldi concertos, for example, were still stuck in Venetian libraries and would stay there for another century. But Grützmacher edited the Bach Cello Suites, the Haydn Concertos and pieces by Boccherini, to make them better known, and indeed to adapt them to 19th-century ways of doing things. He it was, also who gave the first performance of the Stücke im Volkston.

No such problems of era exist with these Schumann arrangements, which vary from comparatively straight transcription (in the case of the Second Violin Sonata) to thoroughgoing and imaginative realisation, in the case of Kinderszenen. Grützmacher shows that these pieces may happily belong to the cello, and even gain a certain mellow charm thereby, especially when played, as they are here, by a young performer of ardent and thoughtful sympathy.

Other information:
- First recordings, made in 2010
- Indluding booklet notes written by the perfomer.

Track list

Disk 1

  1. Lieder, Widmung, Op. 25: No. 1
  2. Lieder, Du bist wie eine Blume, Op. 25: No. 1
  3. Lieder, Er der Herrlichsten von Allen, Op. 42: No. 2
  4. Lieder, Dein Angesicht, Op 127: No. 2
  5. Lieder, Der Nussbaum, Op. 25: No. 3
  6. Lieder, Mondnacht, Op. 39: No. 5
  7. Lieder, Fruehlingsnacht, Op. 39: No. 12
  8. Lieder, Die Stille, Op. 39: No. 4
  9. Lieder, Wanderlied, Op. 35: No. 3
  10. Lieder, Die Lotosblume, Op. 25: No. 7
  11. Lieder, An den Sonnenschein
  12. Lieder, Waldesgespraech, Op. 39: No. 3
  13. Lieder, Ich grolle nicht, Op 48: No. 7
  14. Lieder, Romanze, Op. 138: No. 5
  15. Lieder, Sonntags am Rhein, Op. 36: No. 1
  16. Lieder, Volksliedchen, Op. 51: No. 2
  17. Lieder, Die beiden Grenadiere, Op. 49: No. 1
  18. Piano Works, Abendlied, Op. 85
  19. Piano Works, Alpenfee, Op. 115
  20. Piano Works, Romanze, Op. 28
  21. Piano Works, Schlummerlied, Op. 124
  22. Piano Works, Warum, Op. 12
  23. Piano Works, Froehlicher Landmann und Soldatenmarsch, Op. 68
  24. Piano Works, Abschied, Op 82
  25. Piano Works, Am Springbrunnen, Op. 85

Disk 2

  1. Violin Sonata No. 2 in D, Op. 121: I. Ziemlich Langsam - Lebhaft
  2. Violin Sonata No. 2 in D, Op. 121: II. Sehr lebhaft
  3. Violin Sonata No. 2 in D, Op. 121: III. Leise, einfach
  4. Violin Sonata No. 2 in D, Op. 121: IV. Bewegt
  5. Kinderszenen, Op. 15: Von fremden Laendern und Menschen
  6. Kinderszenen, Op. 15: Curiose Geschichte
  7. Kinderszenen, Op. 15: Hasche-Mann
  8. Kinderszenen, Op. 15: Bittendes Kind
  9. Kinderszenen, Op. 15: Glueckes genug
  10. Kinderszenen, Op. 15: Wichtige Begebenheit
  11. Kinderszenen, Op. 15: Traeumerei
  12. Kinderszenen, Op. 15: Am Camin
  13. Kinderszenen, Op. 15: Ritter vom Steckenpferd
  14. Kinderszenen, Op. 15: Fast zu ernst
  15. Kinderszenen, Op. 15: Fuerchtenmachen
  16. Kinderszenen, Op. 15: Kind im Einschlummern
  17. Kinderszenen, Op. 15: Der Dichter spricht