Robert Schumann - Pieces for Oboe and Piano (2010)

Schumann

ALEXEI UTKIN, Igor Tchetuev

In his youth Schumann was reputed to be a tender-hearted and desperate Romantic. This is undoubtedly true. We need only recall his ardent love for future wife Clara and how passionately he fought for her, how fervently he poured his feelings into numerous piano pieces and spared no effort in writing critical articles, where he furiously attacked Philistines and waxed lyrical about talented young composers such as Berlioz and Chopin.
When Schumann later found family happiness and his life became more tranquil, at least to outward appearances, characteristics that had previously lain hidden finally surfaced. The pieces recorded for this album give an idea of what the mature Schumann was like as a person and what interested him. Nearly all of them (except the violin sonata) were composed in Dresden, where he lived from 1844 to 1849. It should be mentioned that the change in Schumann’s place of residence which involved leaving Leipzig, the epicentre of musical activity, and moving to quiet, peaceful Dresden was undertaken on the advice of his doctors. The composer suffered from bipolar affective disorder. He was overcome by bouts of terrible depression which, in the end, also led to his death. Initially the move brought no relief: ‘I am still badly afflicted and often quite despondent. I am not allowed to work at all, only to rest and take walks, but often I lack the strength even for a stroll,’ wrote the composer in October 1844.

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ALEXEI UTKIN

Alexei Utkin is an outstanding Russian oboe player, a virtuoso soloist and director of the Hermitage Chamber Orchestra, professor of the Moscow State Conservatoire. His instrument with an extended range was specially designed by the famous French oboe maker Alain de Gourdon (head of the F.Lorée). Since 2003 Alexei Utkin and the Hermitage Chamber Orchestra have been recording with Caro Mitis. This SA–CD is the first of the three albums with the works by J.S. Bach. Some of them are original compositions with the soloing oboe, the others are transcriptions made by Alexei Utkin

Igor Tchetuev

When listening to Tchetuev, it is impossible to say whether he is poet, humorist or philosopher – lyric poetry and scathing sarcasm are absolutely typical of him as well as delicate cantilena and stoic concentration. He was born in Sevastopol in 1980 and had his first music lessons in this city, at Sevastopol Music School No.1. He enjoyed dancing as much as piano playing and found it difficult to decide which to choose as a profession. As a performer Tchetuev developed quickly and soon attracted attention. He won the Grand Prix and some special prizes at the Vladimir Krainev Young Pianists Competition (Kharkov, 1994), first prize and the audience’s prize at the Anton Rubinstein Competition (Tel-Aviv, 1998). He has appeared with Evgeny Svetlanov, Vladimir Spivakov and Vladimir Krainev and considers that these were the most remarkable concerts of his life. Following his successful performance in Kharkov the famous pianist Vladimir Krainev became his teacher and ‘protector’. Igor is now a postgraduate under his guidance in Hanover. In 2004 Tchetuev recorded the complete Piano Sonatas written by Alfred Schnittke (the SA-CD was also released by Caro Mitis label). In 2005 he started recording all the Beethoven’s Piano Sonatas, the project he had been dreaming about for a

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Robert Schumann - Pieces for Oboe and Piano (2010)

Schumann

ALEXEI UTKIN, Igor Tchetuev

Digital Converters: Meitner design
Microphones: Neumann km130; DPA (B & K) 4006 ; DPA (B & K) 4011 SCHOEPS mk2S; SCHOEPS mk41
Producer: Michael Serebryanyi
Recording Engineer: Erdo Groot, Roger de Schot
Recording location: 5th Studio of The Russian Television and Radio Broadcasting, Moscow
Recording Software: Merging
Recording Type & Bit Rate: DSD64

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Fantasy Pieces, op.73. - Zart und mit Ausdruck
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Fantasy Pieces, op.73. - Lebhaft, leicht
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Fantasy Pieces, op.73. - Rasch und mit Feuer
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Adagio and Allegro, op.70
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Three Romances, op.94. - Nicht schnell
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Three Romances, op.94. - Einfach, innig
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Three Romances, op.94. - Nicht schnell
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Sonata in A minor for violin and piano, op.105. - Mit leidenschaftlichem Ausdruck
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Sonata in A minor for violin and piano, op.105. - Allegretto
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Sonata in A minor for violin and piano, op.105. - Lebhaft
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