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Impetuous and Ruminative

Music for cello and
piano by Schumann -
recommended by
ROBERT ANDERSON

'... imaginative gestures of great power and significance.'

Schumann - Steven Isserlis and Dénes Várjon. © 2009 Hyperion Records Ltd

It does not matter in the least that the only actual cello pieces on this CD are in fact the least significant. Steven Isserlis, who played for me in Bach cantatas as a very young man, long before he adopted his present rather intimidating Medusa hair-style, has sensibly followed Schumann's suggestion in playing works originally for clarinet and horn. Why not adapt also the oboe pieces and Third Violin Sonata for the instrument he plays with such eloquence? Actually it should be 'instruments' as, like Jacqueline du Pré before him, he now has access to two Stradivari cellos...

Copyright © 30 October 2011 Robert Anderson,
London UK

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SCHUMANN - STEVEN ISSERLIS AND DÉNES VÁRJON

ROBERT SCHUMANN

HYPERION RECORDS LTD

GERMANY

CELLO MUSIC

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