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  • Composer: Robert Schumann
  • Audio CD (7 Feb 2000)
  • SPARS Code: DDD
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: CD
  • Label: Naxos
  • ASIN: B00004NK2B
  • Other Editions: MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 309,422 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Listen  1. Piano Trio No. 3 in G minor, Op. 110: I. Bewegt, dock nicht zu rasch10:17Album Only
Listen  2. Piano Trio No. 3 in G minor, Op. 110: II. Ziemlich langsam 5:42£0.69  Buy MP3 
Listen  3. Piano Trio No. 3 in G minor, Op. 110: III. Rasch 4:11£0.69  Buy MP3 
Listen  4. Piano Trio No. 3 in G minor, Op. 110: IV. Kraftig, mit Humor 7:17£0.69  Buy MP3 
Listen  5. Fantasiestucke, Op. 88: I. Romanze 2:43£0.69  Buy MP3 
Listen  6. Fantasiestucke, Op. 88: II. Humoreske: Lebhaft 7:13£0.69  Buy MP3 
Listen  7. Fantasiestucke, Op. 88: III. Duett: Langsam und mit Ausdruck 3:34£0.69  Buy MP3 
Listen  8. Fantasiestucke, Op. 88: IV. Finale: Im Marsch-Tempo 5:33£0.69  Buy MP3 
Listen  9. Studien fur den Pedal-Flugel (Studies for Pedal Piano), Op. 56 (arr. T. Kirchner): I. Nicht zu schnell 2:33£0.69  Buy MP3 
Listen10. Studien fur den Pedal-Flugel (Studies for Pedal Piano), Op. 56 (arr. T. Kirchner): II. Mit innigem Ausdruck 3:47£0.69  Buy MP3 
Listen11. Studien fur den Pedal-Flugel (Studies for Pedal Piano), Op. 56 (arr. T. Kirchner): III. Andantino 1:32£0.69  Buy MP3 
Listen12. Studien fur den Pedal-Flugel (Studies for Pedal Piano), Op. 56 (arr. T. Kirchner): IV. Innig 3:25£0.69  Buy MP3 
Listen13. Studien fur den Pedal-Flugel (Studies for Pedal Piano), Op. 56 (arr. T. Kirchner): V. Nicht zu schnell 2:24£0.69  Buy MP3 
Listen14. Studien fur den Pedal-Flugel (Studies for Pedal Piano), Op. 56 (arr. T. Kirchner): VI. Adagio 3:19£0.69  Buy MP3 

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Trio in G minor, Op. 110; Trio in A minor, Op. 88, 'Fantasiestucke'; Six Pieces in Canonic Form for piano, violin and cello.

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By DAVID BRYSON TOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 6 Sep 2009
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The music on this disc gets more memorable as the disc goes on, or so I find. First up is the third and last piano trio, dating from Schumann's awful last years. His music from this final period is often considered to be below the standard of what he produced in his prime, and I suppose that is largely true. The cello concerto, for instance, is not the equal of the piano concerto, and this trio is not quite up to its two predecessors. On the other hand it is still a very agreeable piece of music, with real depth to it and with a very engaging and slightly kooky finale marked `mit Humor'.

I would have wanted this trio for my collection, but I suspect I might have been prepared to wait for it if it had not come along with the other two items here, particularly the last one. These are both earlier works, the first of them still calling itself `a trio'. A better guide to what it is comes from the alternative title `Fantasiestuecke'. There are four movements, but they don't constitute a `sonata style' work, more a small suite of separate pieces along the lines of his sets of piano pieces by the same title and other titles. They are maybe not quite equal to the best of the piano works, but they have the mercurial sense about them that I and surely many others love so much in Schumann. However the real gem, for me at least, is the set of six short pieces `in canonic form' that fill the last 17 minutes of this disc. These were written for a strange contraption called a Pedalfluegel, and the arrangement for piano trio that we are given here has been done by Theodor Kirchner. These are really inspired miniatures, and I found the deftness of the canonic counterpoint delightful.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By maximus TOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 13 July 2007
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Sunny and optimistic. Guaranteed to bring a ray of sunshine on a gloomy day. Schumann was a master of weaving music which seems effortless but the skill required is far from effortless. But that is the sign of a true composition master, to weave melody and harmony into a coherent fabric with imaginative originality which just sounds as if it was meant to be. Mozart was also like that.

The ensemble plays with clarity and produce excellent performances on this disc. Not quite top notch as some of the more well known ensembles such as the Beaux Arts, however they are nearly up there with the best and this is another great value for money release from Naxos.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
More Great Chamber Music by Schumann 16 Nov 2001
By JohnL - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
The Vienna Brahms Trio pick up where they left off, after recording Schumann's Piano Trios Op.63 and 80 (Vol.1). Volume 2 is also well-performed and recorded. Schumann surely wrote some lovely chamber music, as evidenced by the three works here. The Trio in G minor, Op.110, is a work of lyrical beauty. The other two works are equally delightful. No lover of the gifted Schumann would want to do without these modern digital recordings at a bargain price.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
WORTH KNOWING 6 Sep 2009
By DAVID BRYSON - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
The music on this disc gets more memorable as the disc goes on, or so I find. First up is the third and last piano trio, dating from Schumann's awful last years. His music from this final period is often considered to be below the standard of what he produced in his prime, and I suppose that is largely true. The cello concerto, for instance, is not the equal of the piano concerto, and this trio is not quite up to its two predecessors. On the other hand it is still a very agreeable piece of music, with real depth to it and with a very engaging and slightly kooky finale marked `mit Humor'.

I would have wanted this trio for my collection, but I suspect I might have been prepared to wait for it if it had not come along with the other two items here, particularly the last one. These are both earlier works, the first of them still calling itself `a trio'. A better guide to what it is comes from the alternative title `Fantasiestuecke'. There are four movements, but they don't constitute a `sonata style' work, more a small suite of separate pieces along the lines of his sets of piano pieces by the same title and other titles. They are maybe not quite equal to the best of the piano works, but they have the mercurial sense about them that I and surely many others love so much in Schumann. However the real gem, for me at least, is the set of six short pieces `in canonic form' that fill the last 17 minutes of this disc. These were written for a strange contraption called a Pedalfluegel, and the arrangement for piano trio that we are given here has been done by Theodor Kirchner. These are really inspired miniatures, and I found the deftness of the canonic counterpoint delightful. I recall that Tovey, whose idea of counterpoint does not tolerate much that is less strict than Bach's and who castigates Mendelssohn's part-writing for shortcomings in this respect, consistently speaks highly of Schumann's.

The approach that the Vienna Brahms Trio take to the music is what I would have expected, now that I know their way of doing the first two trios. They do not try to prettify or tart up the music but they play it from the heart, and the execution is meticulous technically. As the music gets more attractive, so do the performances, and I feel real sympathy with Schumann here. There is nothing I would pick out by way of `highlights', this not being the sort of music that does highlights. What you will find here is consistency and reliability, and I don't intend that as faint praise but as a way of saying that these performers have the right idea of what they are doing.

The first few paragraphs of the liner note are identical with those in volume 1, and again rightly so as they are just concerned with Schumann's basic background. The recordings were made in Budapest between 1995 and 1996, and I have no complaint with those either. This is not, I dare say, the first record that I would recommend to anyone getting to know the composer for the first time, but his real aficionados will find a good deal of what endears him to us in this hour of music.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
Engaging performances, but the pieces are weak 19 Jun 2006
By Santa Fe Listener - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
For a great composer, Schumann has only a few works that rank as masterpieces among his chamber music output, principally the Piano Quartet and Quintet. Here, in their second CD of Schumann's Piano Trios, we get assured, relaxed readings from the Vienna Brahms Trio. But the main work here, Trio No. 3 Op. 110, dates from Schumann's drastic mental and physical decline. The first movement has moderate energy and a lovely theme, yet it doesn't develop with the power of imagination that early-to-middle period Schumann has. After that, things go downhill quickly. The slow movement is simple, centered around an almost-memorable melody, but the Scherzo is feeble and the finale downright weird--I defy anyone to figure out what Schumann intended.

Likewise, the Fantasiestucke are average works at best, nowhere near Schumann's inspired line of fantasy in his piano music, and the six Pieces in canonic form Op. 56, though not part of the composer's decline, are a bit academic, pleasant at best. I love Schumann, but these works didn't strike me as worth more than one listen.
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