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An album of transcribements for clarinet and harp by Robert Schumann, Clara Schumann and Franz Schubert - at CD review, the 30th of November and 2nd of December

Wednesday, 30 November 2016 , ora 10.49

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There are two names not too known to the Romanian audience, that's why I will tell you a little about their artistic life. About the Belgian instrumentalist Anneleen Lenaerts I can tell you that it's one of the most valuable harpists of the moment, being the prime-harpist of the Harmonium's Orchestra in Vienna since 2010. She has won no more than 23 awards, such as the Big Prize of the Lily Laskine International Contest.

As for the Greek instrumentalist Dionysis Grammenos, the French press calls him The new prince of clarinet. He was the first soloist of the wind instruments who has won the Big Prize of Eurovision Contest. At his 25 years old, Dionysis Grammenos plays constantly in some of the most prestigious halls of the world, including Carnegie Hall in New York, Concertgebouw in Amsterdam and Barbican Centre in London.

The Schumann, Schubert album

The purpose of this album is to prove the recreative power of the chosen music in the works by Robert Schumann, Clara Schumann and Franz Schubert. After all, it's about that spark of talent which creates the unexplicable relation between the composer and performer. The two artists, Dionysis Grammenos and Anneleen Lenaerts, have chosen some of the most beautiful pages from the Romantic chamber music: Fantasy Pieces op. 73 and 3 Romances op. 94 by Robert Schuman, 3 lieder op. 12 by Clara Schumann, Sonata "Arpeggione" D 821 in A minor, the Ständchen Lied from the Schwanengesang cycle D 957 by Franz Schubert.

About some of the works from this album's programme , Anneleen Lenaerts says: Fantasy Pieces op. 73 and the 3 Romances op. 94 by Robert Schuman are part of the repertoire for clarinet with piano. But I think that they sound much better in our version. And that's because both instruments, harp and clarinet, are well-known for their romantic sensibility and this mix is very interesting.

You will listen to the two episodes of CD Review dedicated to this album, an interpretation which emits a lot of passion, a glowing virtuosity and an exceptional chemisty between the two extremely talented artists. In my oppinion, some stand up, such as the 3 lieder op. 12 inspired by Freidrich Rückert. Clara Schumann have composed these sheets with her husband, Robert Schumann, they are works full of sensibility which, even if in our version lack the emotion of the verses, are shown in a new light by the beauty of the melodic lines and the harmonies' elegance.

It very interesting to listen to this performing version, Sonata for piano "Arpeggione" by Franz Schubert. And perhaps in the history of this work and other transcribements there are more or less worthy versions, but this one is the first version of the known Sonata by Schubert for clarinet and harp.

Therefore, I invite you to listen to this entire album, broadcasted in premiere at CD Review (12:15) on the 30th of November and the 2nd of December.

Gabriel Marica

Translated by Matei Denisa

MTTLC, University of Bucharest, 2nd year