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Christian Poltéra|R. Schumann, C. Schumann & Brahms: Sonatas & Songs

R. Schumann, C. Schumann & Brahms: Sonatas & Songs

Christian Poltera, Kathryn Stott

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During the eighteenth century the cello gradually emerged from the anonymity of the continuo group, and by the beginning of the Romantic era the instrument had become an indispensable tool for composers. Robert Schumann, who had himself taken cello lessons, was very fond of it, describing is as a ‘beautiful instrument’; and Johannes Brahms, who acquired considerable skill as a cellist, praised its ‘masculine, serious character’. It is therefore to be hoped that neither composer would object to Christian Poltéra’s sensitive adaptations of their works.

Schumann and Brahms wrote three violin sonatas each, both choosing D minor as the key of one of them. These D minor works are the ones that Poltéra – together with Kathryn Stott, whose piano parts remain unchanged – offers on this disc. The two sonatas are separated by the movements that the two composers contributed to the collaborative ‘F-A-E Sonata’ – Schumann’s Intermezzo and Brahms’s Scherzo, and Poltéra and Stott close the disc with two songs – by Brahms and by Clara Schumann, the pianist and composer, and Robert’s wife and Brahms’s lifelong friend. © BIS Records

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Violin Sonata No. 2 in D Minor, Op. 121 (Arr. for Cello & Piano) (Robert Schumann)

1
I. Ziemlich langsam - Lebhaft
00:12:56

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2
II. Sehr lebhaft
00:04:22

Robert Schumann, Composer - Kathryn Stott, Artist - Christian Poltera, Artist, MainArtist

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3
III. Leise, einfach
00:05:19

Robert Schumann, Composer - Kathryn Stott, Artist - Christian Poltera, Artist, MainArtist

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4
IV. Bewegt
00:09:02

Robert Schumann, Composer - Kathryn Stott, Artist - Christian Poltera, Artist, MainArtist

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Violin Sonata "F-A-E" (Excerpts Arr. for Cello & Piano) (Robert Schumann)

5
II. Intermezzo, WoO 22
00:02:45

Robert Schumann, Composer - Kathryn Stott, Artist - Christian Poltera, Artist, MainArtist

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6
III. Scherzo, WoO 2
00:05:34

Johannes Brahms, Composer - Kathryn Stott, Artist - Christian Poltera, Artist, MainArtist

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Violin Sonata No. 3 in D Minor, Op. 108 (Arr. for Cello & Piano) (Johannes Brahms)

7
I. Allegro
00:07:55

Johannes Brahms, Composer - Kathryn Stott, Artist - Christian Poltera, Artist, MainArtist

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8
II. Adagio
00:04:25

Johannes Brahms, Composer - Kathryn Stott, Artist - Christian Poltera, Artist, MainArtist

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9
III. Un poco presto e con sentimento
00:02:48

Johannes Brahms, Composer - Kathryn Stott, Artist - Christian Poltera, Artist, MainArtist

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10
IV. Presto agitato
00:05:51

Johannes Brahms, Composer - Kathryn Stott, Artist - Christian Poltera, Artist, MainArtist

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Wie Melodien zieht es mir, Op. 105 No. 1 (Arr. for Cello & Piano) (Johannes Brahms)

11
Wie Melodien zieht es mir, Op. 105 No. 1 (Arr. for Cello & Piano)
00:01:44

Johannes Brahms, Composer - Kathryn Stott, Artist - Christian Poltera, Artist, MainArtist

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Sie liebten sich beide, Op. 13 No. 2 (Arr. for Cello & Piano) (Clara Schumann)

12
Sie liebten sich beide, Op. 13 No. 2 (Arr. for Cello & Piano)
00:02:29

Kathryn Stott, Artist - Clara Schumann, Composer - Christian Poltera, Artist, MainArtist

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During the eighteenth century the cello gradually emerged from the anonymity of the continuo group, and by the beginning of the Romantic era the instrument had become an indispensable tool for composers. Robert Schumann, who had himself taken cello lessons, was very fond of it, describing is as a ‘beautiful instrument’; and Johannes Brahms, who acquired considerable skill as a cellist, praised its ‘masculine, serious character’. It is therefore to be hoped that neither composer would object to Christian Poltéra’s sensitive adaptations of their works.

Schumann and Brahms wrote three violin sonatas each, both choosing D minor as the key of one of them. These D minor works are the ones that Poltéra – together with Kathryn Stott, whose piano parts remain unchanged – offers on this disc. The two sonatas are separated by the movements that the two composers contributed to the collaborative ‘F-A-E Sonata’ – Schumann’s Intermezzo and Brahms’s Scherzo, and Poltéra and Stott close the disc with two songs – by Brahms and by Clara Schumann, the pianist and composer, and Robert’s wife and Brahms’s lifelong friend. © BIS Records

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