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Cellist Mischa Maisky performs with his son, violinist Sascha Maisky, and daughter, pianist Lily Maisky, in a delightful encounter with music from the Romantic period, featuring Clara Schumann, Brahms and Mendelssohn.

CLARA SCHUMANN (1819-1896)
3 Romances for violin and piano Op. 22 (arr. for Cello and Piano) 

Violin Sonata No. 1 in G major Op. 78 (arr. for Cello and Piano by Paul Klengel) 


Piano Trio No. 1 in D Minor Op. 49 

Clara Schumann’s Three Romances for violin were written in 1853 – the lull before her personal storm of 1854, when Robert Schumann attempted suicide. No 1 is a lyrical Andante molto. A hint of gypsy enters for the Allegretto, before No 3 presents a long-breathed violin melody over rapturously rippling piano figures. Their friend Brahms’s ‘Regenlied’ D minor Violin Sonata was completed in 1879, and its darker emotional palette (even its loving central Adagio appears to wrestle with destiny) no doubt reflects the loss in 1878 of now-widowed Clara’s 24 year old son, Felix, to tuberculosis. He was named after Felix Mendelssohn, whose Piano Trio No 1 of 1839 was described by Robert as ‘the master trio of our age’. Its first movement sails a smooth theme over restless piano writing. After a tender Andante, pianistic virtuosity reaches fresh heights for the Scherzo, before an urgent Finale.