Ella van Poucke

Ella van Poucke: Schumann, Complete Works for Cello (Download)

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Schumann Complete Works for Cello

Ella van Poucke / Phion Orchestra / Günter Neuhold / Jean-Claude Vanden Eynden

Challenge Classics, HQ|NORTHSTAR

Catalogue CC72871


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About the Album

Ella van Poucke. Winner of the prestigious Premio Chigiana 2017 and recently awarded the Grachtenfestival Prize, the 27 year old Dutch cellist belongs to the top rank of today's generation of cellists.

She is the first prize winner of the International Isang Yun cello competition 2015, the Leopoldinum Award 2015, Prix Nicolas Firmenich 2013, Elisabeth Everts Award 2014, Prix Academie Maurice Ravel 2012, Dutch Musician of the Year 2012, first prize winner of the 2008 Princess Christina Competition and recipient of the special prize in “recognition of an outstanding performance at the Grand Prix Emanuel Feuermann 2014.

Schumann composed his Cello Concerto in about two weeks during November 1850. Before Schumann, few major composers had written cello concertos. Schumann avoids technical display for its own sake, allowing his characteristic poetic expression, intimacy and fantasy to prevail.

Schumann originally scored the Fantasiestücke Opus 73 (1849) for clarinet and piano but simultaneously provided alternative arrangements for violin or cello. In his choice of clarinet Schumann was typically innovative. The three pieces are melodically interrelated, creating a unity underlined by the absence of breaks between them.

Schumann's Adagio and Allegro in A flat major, Opus 70 dates from a week after the Fantasiestucke Opus 73. He originally intended his Opus 70 for the new valve horn, though he named cello, violin or viola as alternative instruments. The piece is fully characteristic of Schumann's Romantic spirit. The expansive and dreamily romantic Adagio gives way to an Allegro with a leaping, joyful main theme.

Just as Schumann had wanted “popular elements” to prevail in his Rhenish Symphony (1850), the Fünf stücke im Volkston (1849) are correspondingly simple, tuneful and accessible. Nevertheless Schumann's creative imagination and wide expressive range are no less apparent.


Album tracks

1 Adagio & Allegro, Op. 70 Adagio

2 Adagio & Allegro, Op. 70 Allegro

3 Fantasiestücke, Op. 73 Zart und mit Ausdruck

4 Fantasiestücke, Op. 73 Lebhaft, leicht

5 Fantasiestücke, Op. 73 Rasch und mit Feuer

6 5 Stücke im Volkston, Op. 102 I. Mit humor, in A Minor,

7 5 Stücke im Volkston, Op. 102 II. Langsam, in F Major

8 5 Stücke im Volkston, Op. 102 III. Nicht schnell, mit viel Ton zu spielen, in A Minor

9 5 Stücke im Volkston, Op. 102 IV. Nicht zu rasch, in D Major

10 5 Stücke im Volkston, Op. 102 V. Stark and markirt, in A Minor

11 Cello Concerto, Op. 129  Nicht zu schnell

12 Cello Concerto, Op. 129  Langsam

13 Cello Concerto, Op. 129  Sehr lebhaft

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Tom Tang
Ella van Poucke - Schumann, Complete Works for Cello (AURO-3D Immersive)

Review: Ella van Poucke - Schumann, Complete Works for Cello (AURO-3D Immersive)
Robert Schumann's music holds a special place in the realm of classical compositions, particularly his works for the cello. Dutch cellist Ella van Poucke, praised for her musical integrity and intensity, brings these works to life in collaboration with Phíon, Orchestra of Gelderland & Overijssel, under the baton of Günter Neuhold, and renowned pianist Jean-Claude Vanden Eynden. This AURO-3D immersive album promises a profound exploration of Schumann's cello repertoire, filled with emotional depth and technical brilliance.

Album Overview
The album encompasses Schumann's complete works for cello, composed during a particularly fertile period in his life:

Adagio & Allegro in A-Flat Major, Op. 70 (1849)
Fantasiestücke, Op. 73 (1849)
5 Stücke im Volkston, Op. 102 (1849)
Cello Concerto in A Minor, Op. 129 (1850)
Each piece showcases Schumann's genius, blending intimate expressions with rich, fantasy-like elements. These works reflect Schumann's evolving style and the personal struggles that shaped his music, as he grappled with mental illness and the challenges of his role as a composer.

Performance Quality
Ella van Poucke's performance is nothing short of extraordinary. Her interpretation captures the essence of Schumann's compositions, balancing technical precision with emotional sensitivity. In the Fantasiestücke, Op. 73, van Poucke's ability to convey delicate nuances and fiery intensity is particularly striking, as she navigates the work's contrasting moods with grace and passion. The Phíon orchestra, under Günter Neuhold's direction, provides a robust yet nuanced accompaniment that perfectly complements van Poucke's cello. Jean-Claude Vanden Eynden's piano performance adds an additional layer of depth and harmony to the duo pieces, especially evident in the Adagio & Allegro, where the interplay between cello and piano is truly captivating.

Sound Quality
The AURO-3D immersive format elevates this album to an unparalleled auditory experience. The 96kHz AURO-3D quality and 5.1+4 channel immersive setup envelop the listener in a three-dimensional soundscape, bringing the intricate details of Schumann's music to life in a way that traditional stereo recordings cannot match. The exceptional clarity and warmth of the recording, achieved through the expertise of producer and engineer Bert van der Wolf, provide a rich and vibrant listening experience that fully captures the nuances of each performance.

Compared to other notable recordings, such as those by Steven Isserlis and Jacqueline du Pré, Ella van Poucke's rendition stands out for its fresh and personal approach. In the Cello Concerto in A Minor, for example, van Poucke's phrasing and dynamics offer a unique perspective that highlights her deep understanding of Schumann's emotional landscape. Her interpretation brings a new dimension to these works, combining youthful vigour with profound emotional insight. The AURO-3D format further distinguishes this album, offering an immersive listening experience that adds depth and realism to the music.

Personal Impressions
Listening to this album in AURO-3D was a deeply moving experience. Ella van Poucke's interpretation of Schumann's music is both captivating and inspiring, transporting the listener to a realm where the cello sings on a mountaintop, holding the audience in breathless awe. This imagery is vividly brought to life in the Adagio & Allegro, where van Poucke's expressive playing truly shines, showcasing her ability to convey the work's romantic yearning and exuberant joy. The immersive audio format enhances the emotional depth and complex nuances of each piece, creating a sense of intimacy and connection between the performers and the listener.

Ella van Poucke's recording of Schumann's complete works for cello in AURO-3D immersive format is a triumph, offering a perfect blend of technical brilliance and heartfelt expression. This album is a must-listen for classical music enthusiasts, cello aficionados, and anyone seeking a truly captivating auditory experience. It not only honours Schumann's legacy but also firmly establishes van Poucke as one of the leading cellists of her generation, whose artistry and musical vision are sure to leave a lasting impact on the classical music world.

Many thanks Tom!
Much appreciated.

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