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“This Schumann album is a very special project for me because, with Schumann, I feel that it takes a while until you find your true personal approach and sound for his music. I was very fortunate to have wonderful partners for this recording – the Royal Northern Sinfonia with Lars Vogt, and my long-term partner, Nicholas Rimmer, for the duo works – all people I trust completely in a musical sense, and it made the recording very enjoyable.”

Gabriel Schwabe

SCHUMANN, R.: Cello Concerto / Cello and Piano Works
Robert SCHUMANN (1810–1856)
Cello Concerto 1
Fünf Stücke im Volkston 2 • Fantasiestücke 2
Adagio and Allegro 2 • Drei Romanzen, Op. 94 2

Gabriel Schwabe, Cello • Nicholas Rimmer, Piano 2
Royal Northern Sinfonia 1 • Lars Vogt 1

Schumann’s love of the cello, which developed when he learned the instrument as a young man, is expressed most fully in his Cello Concerto in A minor. It is a work marked by freshness of spirit and singing lyricism and stands as a rich example of mid-19th-century Romanticism. The series of characterful small pieces that include Fünf Stücke im Volkston reveals Schumann’s joy in the cello’s unique lyrical capabilities. The Drei Romanzen and the Intermezzo from the F–A–E Sonata are presented here in new arrangements for cello and piano by Gabriel Schwabe.

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“…if you want the most of Saint-Säens’ music for cello and orchestra, excellently played and recorded, in one handy package, then this is the disc for you. It’s wholly delightful.”
  Listen to an extract from
Suite in D minor:
V. Tarantelle
Cello Sonatas and Songs

Schwabe • Rimmer
“…energetic and teeming with bravura, the contrapuntal strands well delineated—with a clear recording to boot.”
The Strad
  Listen to an extract from Cello Sonata No. 2:
II. Adagio affetuoso
About the Artists
Gabriel Schwabe © Kaupo Kikkas
Gabriel Schwabe is a laureate of numerous national and international competitions, including London's prestigious Pierre Fournier Award in 2009. As a soloist, he has performed with many leading orchestras and conductors. Since 2012 he has been artistic director of the high-profile chamber music series “Resonanzen” in Siegburg, Germany. Gabriel Schwabe is supported by the German Music Foundation. He plays a rare Italian instrument made in Brescia (c. 1600).
Lars Vogt © Giorgia Bertazzi
Lars Vogt has established himself as one of the leading musicians of his generation, both as a pianist (in core classical repertoire ranging from Mozart to Lutosławski) and as a conductor of orchestras that include the Cologne, Munich and Zurich Chamber Orchestras, Camerata Salzburg, the Deutsche Kammerphilharmonie Bremen, the Frankfurter Museumsorchester, the Berlin Radio Symphony Orchestra and the Sydney Symphony Orchestra.
Nicholas Rimmer © Philippe Levy-Stab
Pianist Nicholas Rimmer was born in England and studied at Clare College, Cambridge as well as in Hanover, Berlin and Cologne. He performs regularly at many major European festivals and venues, with a particular focus on chamber music and song repertoire. He has performed as soloist with the NDR Radiophilharmonie, the Hamburg Symphony Orchestra and the Heidelberger Symphoniker.
Royal Northern Sinfonia © Mark Savage
The Royal Northern Sinfonia, Orchestra of Sage Gateshead (RNS), is the UK’s only full-time chamber orchestra and has built a world-wide reputation. The orchestra appears frequently at venues and festivals in Europe, and has toured South America, China and South Korea. RNS is also actively involved in local communities and education.
Recommended recordings of 20th-century cello concertos
Piano Concerto No. 2
Cello Concerto

Mulligan • Yang
Royal Scottish National Orchestra
“In the Cello Concerto Rorem happily eschews a conventional form, giving programmatic subtitles to each section ... offering Wen-Sinn Yang a rich opportunity, whether playing primus inter pares or revelling in Rorem’s alternating nostalgia and effervescence. Finely recorded, it’s a clear winner for the Naxos American Classics series.”
Violin Concerto
Cello Concerto

Kang • Hugh
English Northern Philharmonia
“Cellist Tim Hugh invests the lyrical passages with a beauty that explores the depths of Walton's bittersweet sadness. The fiery scherzo is performed with all its brilliance and the improvisations for cello alone in the finale are technically dazzling and emotionally rich. The enigmatic, quiet finale, with just a hint of portamento is very moving.”
Audiophile Audition
Viola Concerto
Cello Concerto No. 2

Zhislin • Vassiljeva
Warsaw Philharmonic Orchestra
“The Second Cello Concerto … is terrific, a large piece recognizably in the composer’s later, neo-romantic style … and it’s very well played by soloist Tatjana Vassiljeva, who attacks her virtuosic part absolutely fearlessly. You also always can count on Wit and his Polish forces to deliver the goods, particularly in Penderecki, and they don’t disappoint.”
Piano Concerto • Cello Concerto
Homage to Boston

Dunn • Magill
Russian Philharmonic Orchestra
“Cellist Sam Magill plays the piece with sure-fingered technique, a great deal of conviction, and with a special expressiveness in the slow movement.”
Cello Concerto • Oboe Concerto
Symphonic Studies

Baillie • Rancourt
Royal Scottish National Orchestra
“Rawsthorne's masterful use of texture creates a gripping narrative that stresses continuity and subtlety rather than flashy virtuosity ... Cellist Alexander Baillie projects the brooding and taxing … solo part with fluency and a lyrical tone. A fascinating release, in excellent sound; highly recommended.”
Cello Concerto
Music for Strings • Two Studies

Hugh • English Northern Philharmonia
“This is a first rate performance of Bliss's Cello Concerto from Tim Hugh, stylishly and sympathetically partnered by David Lloyd-Jones and the English Northern Philharmonia .... [Hugh displays] great beauty of tone and rapt commitment throughout.”

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