This 2015 ECHO Klassik award-winning album, volume two in harmonia mundi’s series of complete recordings of Schumann’s concertos and trios, features pianist Alexander Melnikov, with Pablo Heras-Casado leading the Freiburger Barockorchester through a fresh approach to one of the finest concertos in the repertory and uncovers music as poetic as it is moving. To complete the program, Melnikov is joined by violinist Isabelle Faust and cellist Jean-Guihen Queyras in an inspired performance of the Piano Trio No.2.
*One of the Best Classical Recordings of 2015 (The New York Times), one of the Top 10 Classical Recordings of the Year (Forbes Magazine) and on Gramophone Magazine‘s list of the best Schumann recordings of the past five years.
Label: Harmonia Mundi
Release date: Sept 11, 2015
Monthly Choice – BBC Music Magazine
“Subtlety and finesse are the operatives in what will be one of the best recordings of the work for some time.”
-The Washington Post
“. . . the buoyant energy and translucence of his interpretation, and the equally vivid presence of the Freiburger Barockorchester under Pablo Heras-Casado, make their gripping mark on music you thought you knew well. It is tasteful, exuberant and revelatory.”
-4 Stars, The Scotsman UK
” . . . the performance is a gem . . . from the punchy, nervous accents in the first movement to a deliciously balanced account of the busy melodic writing in the swooning second movement.”
-The Arts Fuse