For the Record, Op. 253: Hermitage Piano Trio; Johannes Fleischmann; Schumann Quartett

September 15, 2023, 2:14 PM · Welcome to "For the Record,"'s weekly roundup of new releases of recordings by violinists, violists, cellists and other classical musicians. We hope it helps you keep track of your favorite artists, as well as find some new ones to add to your listening!

Hermitage Piano Trio
Hermitage Piano Trio. Photo by Lisa-Marie Mazzucco.

Spanish Impressions
Hermitage Piano Trio
Misha Keylin, violin
Sergey Antonov, cello
Ilya Kazantsev, piano

In this album the Hermitage Trio explores the rich and diverse musical heritage of Spain, from the folkloric dances of Enrique Fernández Arbós’s Tres Piezas Originales en Estilo Español, Op. 1, to the lyrical and expressive Piano Trio No. 2 in B minor, Op. 76 by Joaquín Turina, who composed it after the death of his daughter. The album also showcases the virtuosic and passionate Piano Trio in C Major by Gaspar Cassadó, a renowned cellist who infused his music with Spanish and Catalan elements, and the Tres Impresiones by Mariano Perelló, a violinist who dedicated his work to his friends and colleagues in the Trio Barcelona. The liner notes contain extensive histories of these composers. This is the Trio's second recording; the first, called Rachmaninoff, was nominated for three 2020 Grammy Awards. BELOW: Hermitage Piano Trio introduces its Spanish Impressions album:

Johannes Fleischmann, violin
Christoph Ulrich Meier, piano

This program consists of little-known individual works for violin and piano, all of them musical gems by famous composers who influenced each other, with famous violinists often a source of inspiration. It includes music by Wagner, Liszt, Zemlinsky, Schoenberg, Brahms, Schumann, Joachim, Rossini, Reinecke and Ysaye. It also includes more recent composers: Arvo Part, Konstantia Gourzi. complete the programme. BELOW: Richard Wagner - Träume:

The Schumann Quartett
Erik Schumann, violin
Ken Schumann, violin
Veit Hertenstein, viola
Mark Schumann, cello

The German-based Schumann Quartet, consisting of three brothers, Erik, Ken and Mark Schumann, plus violist Veit Hertenstein, has created an album of compositions that were composed or premiered in 1923, or had their first big breakthrough in that year. It was a year that boasted a diversity of styles, including atonality and 12-tone music, jazz and neo-Romanticism. This juxtaposition of very different styles is accompanied by two further pieces that contrast with the rest of the program but still played a major musical role in this era: "The Charleston", the piece by James P. Johnson that was to become the iconic dance of the Golden Twenties; and the Christmas melody "Stille Nacht, heilige Nacht" ("Silent Night, Holy Night") by Franz Xaver Gruber, which was played during the very first radio broadcast in Germany. BELOW: Schumann Quartet: James P. Johnson: The Charleston (Official Music Video)

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