Recorded on 11/30/2011, uploaded on 04/16/2012
Musician's or Publisher's Notes
Schumann wrote this sonata the year before he was institutionalized in an insane asylum. He was grappling with inner demons throughout this creative period, and the first movement clearly reflects this. One often gets the sense that the music is questioning, searching, and looking for answers where none can be found. There are many of Schumann’s characteristic quick mood changes, as the music shifts back and forth between introspection and emotional restlessness.
The 2nd movement is a form of musical storytelling, with a pleasant demeanor throughout. The finale is a driving agitated movement that features the violinist and pianist chasing after one another. This movement also briefly recalls some of the material from the earlier movements, before ending with a great rush of energy. Winston Choi
Courtesy of International Music Foundation.
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