Robert Schumann Waldszenen, Op.82, Symphonische Etuden, Op.13, Arabeske in C, Op.45 (2012)

Schumann

Martin Helmchen

I am affected by everything that is happening in the world, politics, literature, people - in my own way, I think about everything, which then bursts to the surface through music, trying to find a way out.  That is why so many of my compositions are so difficult to understand - because they are linked to distant interests - and often also striking: for all that is strange grabs my attention, and I then have to express it again in music".  Thus Robert Schumann wrote to his fiancée Clara Wieck in 1838.

 

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Martin Helmchen

In the 2012/13 Martin Helmchen is soloist both with The Philharmonia, London and Leipzig Gewandhaus Orchestra under the baton of Christoph von Dohnányi. He also performs with the Orchestre National de Lyon with Antoni Wit, the Orchestre National de France with Andrés Orozco-Estrada, Radio Symphony Orchestra of Berlin with Marek Janowski and makes his debut with the Royal Stockholm Philharmonic Orchestra and John Storgårds.  He collaborates again with Andris Nelsons on a tour in Germany with the City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra and joins Viviane Hagner and Marie-Elizabeth Hecker on tour in Spain with the Munich Chamber Orchestra. Returning to the USA he makes his debut with the Houston Symphony under the baton of Hans Graf.
In recital two important venues are added to a busy schedule including Berlin’s Philharmonie,  San Francisco’s SF Performances series.    With a passion for chamber music largely ignited in early collaborations with the late cellist Boris Pergamenschikow Martin Helmchen performs throughout Europe during 2012/13 with his wife and cellist Marie-Elizabeth Hecker and joining with Veronica Eberle and Antoine Tomastit they perform in Berlin, Amsterdam and Paris. 

The 2011/12 has seen Martin Helmchen as Artist in Residence with the Tonhalle Orchestra Zurich and David Zinman.  He has also performed with NDR Hamburg and Semyon Bychkov, the Deutsche Symphonie Orchester Berlin and David Afkham, with The Philharmonia and Diego Matheuz, and the London Philharmonic Orchestra collaborating again with Vladimir Jurowski.  

 

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Robert Schumann Waldszenen, Op.82, Symphonische Etuden, Op.13, Arabeske in C, Op.45 (2012)

Schumann

Martin Helmchen

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The Waldszenen (Forest Scenes) comprises nine short pieces and has similarities in both style and character to the famous set of Kinderszenen (1838). These are not merely light and affectionate as the title might suggest and soloist Helmchen fluidly communicates a broad range of feelings and emotions including a strong sense of determination, drama and mystery. As the basis for his Symphonische Etüden Schumann used a C sharp minor theme by Baron von Fricken, an amateur musician who was the adopted parent of Schumann’s sweetheart Ernestine von Fricken. On this recording Helmchen has included additional pieces that Schumann had withdrawn from the set prior to publication. Helmchen here blends precision and penetration with subtle shades of colour. Schumann composed his Arabeske during a time of considerable emotional turmoil. He had been forbidden to see his future wife Clara by her disapproving father and could only communicate with her through letters and music. Helmchen adeptly and crisply negotiates the changing moods with fluency and charm. Recorded in 2011 Helmchen has the benefit of fairly close and crystal-clear sound. Helmchen plays splendidly and is beautifully recorded.

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Robert Schumann Waldszenen, Op.82, Symphonische Etuden, Op.13, Arabeske in C, Op.45 (2012)

Schumann

Martin Helmchen

Producer: Sebastian Stein
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Recording location: Siemens Villa, Berlin Germany
Recording Software: Merging
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Waldszenen - Eintritt
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Waldszenen - Jager auf der Lauer
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Waldszenen - Einsame Blumen
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Waldszenen - Verrufene Stelle
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Waldszenen - Freundliche Landschaft
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Waldszenen - Herberge
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Waldszenen - Vogel als Prophet
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Waldszenen - Jagdlied
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Waldszenen - Abschied
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Symphonische Etuden - Thema
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Symphonische Etuden - Variation I
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Symphonische Etuden - Variation II
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Symphonische Etuden - Etude III
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Symphonische Etuden - Anhang Variation I
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Symphonische Etuden - Variation III
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Symphonische Etuden - Variation IV
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Symphonische Etuden - Variation V
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Symphonische Etuden - Anhang Variation II
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Symphonische Etuden - Anhang Variation III
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Symphonische Etuden - Variation VI
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Symphonische Etuden - Anhang Variation IV
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Symphonische Etuden - Anhang Variation V
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Symphonische Etuden - Variation VII
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Etude IX
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Symphonische Etuden - Variation VIII
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Symphonische Etuden - Variation IX
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Symphonische Etuden - Finale
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