Steven E. Ritter
, July 2012
[Gudrun Schaumann’s] playing is…highly communicative, and when we reach composers where comparisons become more difficult—or impossible—she has the field to herself.
This 1873 sonata, one of almost 300 compositions, was dedicated to Ferdinand David, the concertmaster of the Gewandhaus and close friend of Mendelssohn. It is a fully developed, sophisticated, and complex piece of music that passes quickly because of its wonderful melodic propensities and thematically interesting connections. This 30-minute work is a great find, another premiere recording.
The remaining works are four songs by Clara Schumann, nicely rendered…An interesting series well worth exploring, and a fine concept to boot. © 2012 Fanfare Read complete review