Conductor: Benjamin Grosvenor, Hyeyoon Park
It was during a time of tormented courtship that Schumann’s compositions had become more experimental and complex. His Kreisleriana was a product of this fertile, fraught period. The music swings violently and suddenly between agitation and lyrical calm, dread and elation. Romances were one of Clara Schumann’s favourite compositional forms, which is perhaps why this particular work is so effective – the three contrasting movements bursting with character. Franck’s lone Sonata in A Major remains his best-known chamber work. From its expansive opening to the famous finale, the music flows with melodic fluency and effortless poise.
Benjamin Grosvenor appears courtesy of Decca Classics
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