Robert Schumann / Heinz Holliger: Aschenmusik

Heinz Holliger, Anita Leuzinger & Anton Kernjak

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Classical, Chamber Music
ECM New Series
June 9, 2014

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Heinz Holliger's lifelong fascination with the music of Robert Schumann finds further expression on the album Aschenmusik, issued to celebrate the Swiss oboist-composer's 75th birthday (21 May 2014). A new interpretation of Holliger's Romancendres is framed by Schumann's own works. Strong performances by Holliger himself and by Anita Leuzinger, solo cellist from the Zurich Tonhalle Orchestra, and by Austrian pianist Anton Kernjak make this recording another important addition to Heinz Holliger's ECM discography.

The title Romancendres refers to the lost "Cello Romances" of 1853 which Clara Schumann burned on Brahms's advice, an act of destruction which outraged Holliger and fuelled the composition of this "music from the ashes" in 2003. However it is not an attempt to reconstruct a lost Schumann composition, but a portrait of Schumann, packed with quotations, projected like a lifetime passing through the mind of a dying man.

Romancendres is prefaced by Schumann's "Romances" for oboe and piano, masterpieces which have been part of Holliger's repertoire for 60 years, and by the rarely-played "Studies in Canon Form" which find Holliger on the oboe d'amore. The album closes with Schumann's Sonata No 1 for violin and piano, with cello substituting for violin. Holliger notes: "Schumann himself thought it could also be played on a cello. I find it grandiose with this combination of instruments."

Personnel: Heinz Holliger (oboe, oboe d'amore), Anita Leuzinger (cello), Anton Kernjak (piano)

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(4 stars) This intriguing programme, rewarding taken in any order, includes the poignant Intermezzo from the FAE Sonata on oboe d'amore, a mercurial performance of the Violin Sonata by cellist Anita Leuzinger with pianist Anton Kernjak, Schumann's Romances for oboe and Kirchner's irresistible arrangements of the six canons...a must-have disc for Schumann lovers.

BBC Music Magazine, (Helen Wallace), November 2014

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Catalogue number 4810957
Barcode 0028948109579
Number of items 1
Packaging type Jewel Case
Imported No
Weight 110g
Dimensions (LxWxH) 143mm x 11mm x 128mm

Disc 1

Track Listing — Disc 1

Song Title Time
1. Robert Schumann: Sechs Stücke in kanonischer Form, op.56, Nicht zu schnell 02:04
2. Mit innigem Ausdruck 03:42
3. Andantino 01:44
4. Innig 03:08
5. Nicht zu schnell 02:12
6. Adagio 03:34
7. Drei Romanzen für Oboe und Klavier, op.94, Nicht schnell 03:27
8. Einfach, innig 04:02
9. Nicht schnell 05:02
10. Heinz Holliger: Romancendres für Violoncello und Klavier, Kondukt I (C.S.- R.S.) 04:32
11. I. Aurora (Nachts) 06:50
12. II. R(asche)S Flügelschlagen 04:38
13. III. "Der Würgengel der Gegenwart" 03:28
14. IV. "heiter bewegt" ("Es wehet ein Schatten darin") 02:15
15. Kondukt II ("Der bleiche Engel der Zukunft") 02:03
16. Robert Schumann: III. Intermezzo. Bewegt doch nicht zu schnell (aus: FAE Sonate Nr. 3 in a-Moll, WoO2) 02:40
17. Sonate Nr. 1 für Pianoforte und Violine in a-Moll, op.105, I. Mit leidenschaftlichem Ausdruck 08:21
18. II. Allegretto 03:51
19. III.Lebhaft 05:56