thank you for your encouraging and useful comment!
Nice to hear these again ! I have played these often with my viola partner. Many clarinet works, like this set and the late Brahms sonatas, sound splendily on viola, and I've come to prefer them for that instrument now - which is nothing bad to say about the originals of course..
Very interesting, I have played it with Cello then in 1987. Originally it is for piano and clarinet (violin or cello ad. lib.) and it was released by Clara Schumann in 1885, the viola version must be an arrangement, probably later done and not by Schumann himself.
Great playing on both sides,
Thanks for this.
though I find the sound a bit dry, and the clarinettists' tone a bit monotonous (maybe to be expected from one so young). I could imagine a bit more drama and passion here (we took a more stormy approach in places
), but that is purely personal.
These are very good tips, I agree!
Especially the third movement should be played with a bit more "fire" (like it is said by Schumann himself), but we would definitively need more time to practise on it. The first and second movement still has some passion, but could be more here and there.
The piano part is not overly hard, but not to be sniffed at either, quite a handful in fact,
I agree, mainly it´s the third movement, which needs some practise to be played in a high tempo.
I would certainly prefer to have separate tracks for the site so that we can make a normal table.
No problem, Chris, I add the separate files below.
It seemed to me like the middle one had different volume settings ? It suddenly sounded much louder and closer-up. Could be my imagination.
Yes, you are right. We have recorded it with my new Zoom H4 and my Neumann KM 184 mics. I have set the recording level on "automatic", at the beginning of the second movement there is only the piano. I have put one mic in direction to the piano and the other one to the position of the clarinet. I think, that´s the reason, why the piano-part at the beginning of the second part is a bit louder than in those parts, in which the piano and the clarinet play together. Somehow I haven´t thought about that could happen, I´m sorry.
Here are the separate movements:Schumann - Fantasiestucke Op.73 - 1: Zart und mit Ausdruck (3:02)Schumann - Fantasiestucke Op.73 - 2: Lebhaft, leicht (3:24)Schumann - Fantasiestucke Op.73 - 3: Rasch und mit Feuer (3:55)