40 Magnificent Chinese Tattoos

SCHUMANN

Marchenbilder, Op. 113; Marchenerzahlungen, Op. 132; FantasiestUcker Op. 73; Romanzen, Op. 94; Adagio & Allegro, Op. 70

Vinciane Beranger (viola), Florent Heau (clarinet), Anne-Lise Gastaldi (piano) Zig-Zag Territoires ZZT 010401 (distr. Discovery) 63:47 mins.£ £ £

Robert Schumanns shadowy doppelganger ran constantly beside his ‘true’ self, as it did for ETA Hoffmanns literary figure Kreisler. Duality was, after all, the mark of the man – Schumann publicly despised arrangements, but most of the music on this disc is heard in ‘second-hand’ revisions for alternative instruments. The Op. 94 Romances, for example, were intended for oboe; cellists co-opted the clarinet Fantasiestiicke, and the Adagio and Allegro, Op. 70, works well on cello or horn, underlining the point that transcriptions often cast fresh light on the music without necessarily betraying it.

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