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Robert Markow
Fanfare, July 2019

The bulk of this four-hour-plus production is devoted to a biographical journey through the life and music of Robert Schumann, latest in a series on the BR Klassik label. Written by Jörg Handstein, this “listening biography” (Hörbiographie) provides a narrative account of the life of Robert Schumann as spoken by Robert, Clara, a narrator, and others in smaller roles. Some 150 bits and pieces of music are interpolated, performed by top-of-the-line musicians like Gardiner, Eschenbach, Arrau, Fischer-Dieskau, Ameling, etc.; Éric Le Sage is responsible for most of the solo piano music. These interpolations, presumably, provide the “inner voice” (innere Stimme) of the set’s title.

The inclusion of a new, live recording (Munich, 2018) of Schumann’s First Symphony fills out the fourth disc, and a fine performance it is… © 2019 Fanfare Read complete review

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