|March 28, 2019|
|Liszt Academy, Solti Hall|
Schumann: Three Romances, Op. 94
Schumann: Sonata for Violin and Piano No. 2 in D minor, Op. 121
Schumann: Kinderball, Op. 130
Schumann: Piano Trio No. 2 in F major, Op. 80
Antje Weithaas (violin), Máté Szűcs (viola), István Várdai (chello), Izabella Simon, Dénes Várjon (piano)
Originally, Schumann wrote Three Romances in late 1849 – after a mere three days’ work – for oboe and piano. However, the publisher was concerned that in this form it would not sell, so despite the protests of Schumann it was marketed with a ‘hotter’ instrumental line-up. Concert number 4 in the Complete Works Live series features it on violin and piano. The Sonata in D minor (1851) written with the same instrumentalization is another work featuring the musical puzzles so favoured by Schumann: the work’s D-A-F-D motif is code for Ferdinand David (1810–1873), the great violinist who was in a close professional working relationship with both Schumann and Mendelssohn, and to whom the work is dedicated. Finally, after Children’s Ball (1853), a charming four-hand composition with six little dances, there is a ‘surprise’ piece also common in the Schumann oeuvre: the composer has tucked away one of his charming lieders in the F major piano trio (1847).