BIG SCHUMANN BOX

10+ HOURS OF MUSIC

TRACK LISTING

Overture, Scherzo, and Finale in E Minor/E Major, Op.52
Rosina Lhevinne, piano; National Orchestral Association; John Barrett, conductor
1. I. Overture: Andante con moto. Allegro
2. II. Scherzo: Vivo. Trio
3. III. Finale: Allegro molto vivace

Kinderszenen, Op. 15
Ronan O’Hora, piano
4. I. Von fremden Landern und Menschen (Of Foreign Lands and People)
5. II. Curiose Geschichte (A Strange Story)
6. III. Hasche-Mann (Catch-as-catch-can)
7. IV. Bittendes Kind (Pleading Child)
8. V. Gluckes genug (Happy Enough)
9. VI. Wichtige Begebenheit (An Important Event)
10. VII. Traumerei (Dreaming)
11. VIII. Am Camin (By the Fire-side)
12. IX. Ritter vom Steckenpferd (Knight of the Hobby-horse)
13. X. Fast zu ernst (Almost Too Serious)
14. XI.Furchtenmachen (Frightening)
15. XII. Kind im Einschlummern (Child Falling Asleep).
16. XIII. Der Dichter spricht (The Poet Speaks)

17. Widmung ("Du meine Seele, du mein Herz"), Op. 25, No.1
Arleen Auger, soprano

18. Lied der Braut I 

("Mutter! Mutter! Glaube nicht!"), Op. 25/11
Arleen Auger, soprano

19. Lied der Braut aus dem Liebesfrühling II 

("Lass mich ihn am Busen hangen"), Op. 25/12
Arleen Auger, soprano

20. Die Soldatenbraut ("Ach, wenn's nur"), Op. 64/1
Arleen Auger, soprano

21. Der Nussbaum ("Es grünet ein Nussbaum vor dem Haus"), Op. 25/3
Arleen Auger, soprano

Piano Concerto in A Minor, Op.54
Russell Sherma, piano; Utah Symphony Orchestra; Joseph Silverstein, conductor
22. I. Allegro affettuoso. Andante espressivo. Allegro
23. II. Intermezzo: Andante grazioso
24. III. Allegro vivace

Mignon Lieder, Op.98A

Lorraine Hunt, mezzo-soprano; Michael Barrett, piano
25. I. Mignon
26. II. Nur Wer Die Sehnsucht Kennt
27. III. Heiss Mich Nicht Reden, Heiss Mich Schweigen
28. IV. So Lasst Mich Scheinen, Bis Ich Werde

29. Ihre Stimme, Op.96, Nr.3
Lorraine Hunt, mezzo-soprano; Michael Barrett, piano

30. Himmel Und Erde, Op.96, Nr.5
Lorraine Hunt, mezzo-soprano; Michael Barrett, piano

31. Mein Schoner Stern! Op.101, Nr.4
Lorraine Hunt, mezzo-soprano; Michael Barrett, piano

Phantasiestücke, Op. 12
Ronan O’Hora, piano
32. I. Des Abends: Sehr innig zu spielen
33. II. Aufschwung: Sehr rasch
34. III. Warum?: Langsam und zart
35. IV. Grillen: Mit Humor
36. V. In der Nacht: Mit Leidenschaft
37. VI. Fabel: Langsam. Schnell
38. VII. Traumes Wirren: Äußerst lebhaft
39. VIII. Ende vom Lied: Mit gutem Humor (Epilogue)
Symphony No.1 in B-flat Major, Op.38 ('Spring')
Houston Symphony Orchestra; Sergiu Commissiona, conductor
40. I. Andante un poco maestoso. Allegro molto vivace
41. II. Larghetto
42. III. Scherzo: Molto vivace. Trio 1: Molto piu vivace. Trio 2
43. IV. Finale: Allegro animato e grazioso

Symphony No.2 in C Major, Op.61
Houston Symphony Orchestra; Sergiu Commissiona, conductor
44. I. Sostenuto assai. Un poco più vivace. Allegro ma non troppo
45. II. Scherzo: Allegro vivace. Trio 1. Trio 2. Coda
46. III. Adagio espressivo
47. IV. Allegro molto vivace

Liederkreis, Op. 39
Lorna Sydney, mezzo soprano; Wilhelm Loibner, piano
48. In der Fremde ('Aus der Heimat hinter den Blitzen rot')
49. Intermezzo
50. Waldesgespräch ('Es ist schon spät, es ist schon kalt')
51. Die Stille
52. Mondnacht
53. Schöne Fremde
54. Auf einer Burg
55. In der Fremde ('Ich hör' die Bächlein rauschen')
56. Wehmut
57. Zwielicht
58. Im Walde
59. Frühlingsnacht ('Uberm Garten durch die Lüfte')

Sonata No. 2 in G Minor, Op. 22
Jacqueline Blancard, piano
60. Sonata No. 2 in G Minor, Op. 22: Vivacissimo: So rasch wie moglich
61. Sonata No. 2 in G Minor, Op. 22: Andantino
62. Sonata No. 2 in G Minor, Op. 22: Scherzo: Sehr rasch und markiert
63. Sonata No. 2 in G Minor, Op. 22: Rondo: Presto

Faschingsschwank aus Wien, Op. 26
Jacqueline Blancard, piano
64. Faschingsschwank aus Wien, Op. 26: Allegro
65. Faschingsschwank aus Wien, Op. 26: Romanze
66. Faschingsschwank aus Wien, Op. 26: Scherzo
67. Faschingsschwank aus Wien, Op. 26: Intermezzo
68. Faschingsschwank aus Wien, Op. 26: Finale

Cello Concerto in A Minor, Op.129
Daniel Shafran, cello; State Symphony Orchestra of Russia; Kyrill Kondrashian, conductor
69. Cello Concerto in A Minor, Op.129: I. Nicht zu schnell
70. Cello Concerto in A Minor, Op.129: II. Langsam
71. Cello Concerto in A Minor, Op.129: III. Sehr lebhaft

12 Gedichte, Op.35 (Kerner)
Kurt Ollmann, baritone; Michael Barrett, piano
72. I. Lust der Sturmnacht
73. II. Stirb, Lieb und Freud!
74. III. Wanderlied ('Wohlauf! noch getrunken den funkelnden Wein!')
75. IV. Erstes Grün ('Du junges Grün, du frisches Gras!')
76. V. Sehnsucht nach der Waldgegend
77. VI. Auf das Trinkglas eines verstorbenen Freundes
78. VII. Wanderung
79. VIII. Stille Liebe
80. IX. Frage
81. X. Stille Tränen
82. XI. Wer machte dich so krank? ('Dass du so krank geworden')
83. XII. Alte Laute ('Hörst du den Vogel singen?')

Clara Wieck Schumann: Piano Sonata in G Minor
Jennifer Eley, piano
84. I. Allegro
85. II. Adagio (con espressione e ben legato)
86. III. Scherzo (leggieramente)
87. IV. Rondo

Clara Wieck Schumann: Piano Concerto in A Minor, Op.7
Angela Cheng, piano; Women’s Philharmonic; JoAnn Falletta, conductor
88. I. Allegro maestoso
89. II. Romance: Andante non troppo con grazia
90. III. Allegro non troppo

Johannes Brahms: 16 Variations in F-sharp Minor On A Theme By Schumann
Jacqueline Blancard, piano
91. I. Theme: Ziemlich langsam
92. II. Variation 1: L'istesso tempo
93. III. Variation 2: Poco più mosso
94. IV. Variation 3: Tempo di tema
95. V. Variation 4: Poco più mosso
96. VI. Variation 5: Allegro capriccioso
97. VII. Variation 6: Allegro
98. VIII. Variation 7: Andante
99. IX. Variation 8: Andante (non troppo lento)
100. X. Variation 9: Schnell
101. XI. Variation 10: Poco Adagio
102. XII. Variation 11: Un poco più animato
103. XIII. Variation 12: Allegretto, poco scherzando
104. XIV. Variation 13: Non troppo Presto
105. XV. Variation 14: Andante
106. XVI. Variation 15: Poco Adagio
107. XVII. Variation 16: Adagio

108. Er Und Sie, Op.78, Nr.2
Lorraine Hunt, mezzo-soprano; Kurt Ollmann, baritone; Michael Barrett, piano

109. Unterm Fenster, Op.34, Nr.3
Lorraine Hunt, mezzo-soprano; Kurt Ollmann, baritone; Michael Barrett, piano

110. Wiegenlied, Op.78, Nr.4
Lorraine Hunt, mezzo-soprano; Kurt Ollmann, baritone; Michael Barrett, piano

Variations in E-flat Major (Ghost Variations) for piano
Yael Weiss, piano
111. Tema. Leise, innig
112. I. Variation 1
113. II. Var.2: Canonisch
114. III. Etwas belebter
115. IV. Variation 4
116. V. Variation 5

Symphony No.3 in E-flat Major, Op.97 ('Rhenish')
Houston Symphony Orchestra; Sergiu Commissiona, conductor
117. I. Lebhaft
118. II. Scherzo: Sehr mäßig
119. III. Nicht schnell
120. IV. Feierlich
121. V. Lebhaft

Symphony No.4 in D Minor, Op.120 (1841 version)
Houston Symphony Orchestra; Sergiu Commissiona, conductor
122. I. Ziemlich langsam. Lebhaft
123. II. Romanze: Ziemlich langsam
124. III. Scherzo: Lebhaft. Trio: Etwas zurückhaltend
125. IV. Langsam. Lebhaft. Schneller. Presto - V. Lebhaft

126. Arabesque in C Major, Op. 18
Ronan O’Hora, piano
Four Pieces from Waldszenen, Op. 82
Ronan O’Hora, piano
127. Eintritt
128. Einsame Blumen
129. Vogel als Prophet
130. Abschied

Etudes after Caprices of Paganini
Paul Zukofsky, violin; Robert Dennis, piano
131.  Andante in E Major
132. Moderato in B Minor
133. Sostenuto in E Minor
134. Maestoso in C Minor
135. Agitato in A Minor
136. Lento in G Minor
137. Posato in A Minor
138. Maestoso in E-flat Major
139. Allegretto in E Major ('The Hunt')
140. Vivace in G Minor
141. Andante in C Major
142. Allegro in A-flat Major
143. Allegro in B-flat Major ('The Devil's Chuckle')
144. Moderato in E-flat Major
145. Posato in E Minor
146. Presto in G Minor
147. Sostenuto: Andante in E-flat Major
148. Corrente: Allegro in C Major
149. Lento. Allegro assai in E-flat Major
150. Allegretto in D Major
151. Amoroso. Presto in A Major
152. Marcato in F Major
153. Posato in E-flat Major
154. Finale: Theme and Variations in A Minor

Fantasie, Op. 17
Alfred Brendel, piano
155. Durchaus phantastisch und leidenschaftlich vorzutragen - Im Legendenton - Erstes Tempo - Adagio - Im Tempo
156. Mässig. Durchaus energisch - Etwas bewegter - Viel bewegter
157. Langsam getragen. Durchweg leise zu halten - Etwas bewegte. - Nach und nach bewegter und schneller – Adagio

Symphonic Etudes, Op. 13
Alfred Brendel, piano
158. Theme - Andante
159. Etude I (Variation 1): Un poco più vivo
160. Etude II (Variation 2): Andante
161. Etude III: Vivace
162. Etude IV (Variation 3): Allegro marcato
163. Etude V (Variation 4): Scherzando
164. Etude VI (Variation 5): Agitato
165. Etude VII (Variation 6): Allegro molto
166. Etude VIII (Variation 7): Sempre marcatissimo
167. Etude IX: Presto possibile
168. Etude X (Variation 8): Allegro con energia
169. Etude XI (Variation 9): Andante espressivo
170. Etude XII (Finale): Allegro brillante (based on Marschner's theme)

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Here we present the runner-up in our Facebook vote for the Big Box our followers would like to see – and it’s turned into quite an odyssey. When we put these boxes together, we like to create the box using the following recipe: take some historic performances, add in some long-lost recordings and try to add something special. Sometimes we can achieve passing marks in all three categories, sometimes we get some from one and not much in another. But The Big Schumann Box represents a very strong grade (we think), and we’re even able to add some star power to this set. If you are a fan of Schumann, we’re very proud to present this new box. And if you’re looking for an introduction to Schumann, between these performances and our every-day low price of .99, you can’t miss.

First a word – The Bach Guild’s digital destiny has been driven by enthusiastic response from music lovers, and it has propelled The Bach Guild far past where we thought we would be. The Big Schumann Box represents our 50th release – which is probably about 40 more releases than we ever thought we’d issue. As The Bach Guild’s success has continued, we have broadened our sources of repertoire. The Big Schumann Box includes repertoire far afield of the Bach Guild/Vanguard catalog, although we always include recordings from the Vanguard/Bach Guild catalog in each release. For this release, we’re happy to include never-before released recordings from the Pro Arte and eOne Classics catalog, our “sisters” (all these catalogs are now owned by one company).

It’s always a side benefit of creating these boxes for The Bach Guild to present music that has not been widely available (part of the recipe), and this box is full of neglected recordings that are seeing the first light of digital exposure. And this box has a startling number of digital debuts from some of the finest recording artists of the past 50 years: Arleen Auger singing a short recital; Lorraine Hunt (pre-Lieberson) performing songs from a long out of print recording, Rosina Llevinne performing a rarely heard Schumann work for piano and orchestra, and Russell Sherman performing Schumann’s piano concerto with the Utah Symphony Orchestra.

Alfred Brendel’s Vanguard Schumann recordings are featured here, as are the recordings of Swiss pianist Jacqueline Blanchard. From the Vanguard/Bach Guild vaults comes a Schumann Liederkreis recital, featuring mezzo-soprano Lorna Sydney, a long time participant in Vanguard/Bach Guild’s European recordings of Mahler and Bach’s cantatas (for those that look these things up, the original LP release was VRS 411 and includes a recording of Brahms’s Songs for Alto, Viola and Piano, Op. 91 which we somehow overlooked for our Big Brahms Box).

Since Schumann’s music AND his life were influential, we made the decision to add a few works that push the boundaries for inclusion in a Big Schumann Box. Please note – we call this the “Big Schumann Box” and not just the “Big Robert Schumann Box”, as we’ve included several works for piano by Clara Schumann. Her Piano Concerto, Op. 7 and Piano Sonata in G minor are here, MORE digital debuts on this Big Schumann Box. Available are Paganini’s 24 Caprices, set to Schumann’s piano accompaniment (another long-out-of-print recording). And to finish – it wouldn’t be right to not include Schumann’s most famous discovery, Johannes Brahms. Brahms is represented here by pianist Jacqueline Blancard, performing Variations on a Theme by Schumann.

So this really is a BIG Schumann Box and one of the most ambitious and interesting that we’ve presented. We hope you agree that we’ve tried to follow our recipe and we certainly appreciate your continued support of The Bach Guild’s Big Boxes.

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