Jorg Widmann, Tabea Zimmermann, Denes Varjon – Es war einmal… (Once Upon a Time…) (2017) [FLAC 24bit/192kHz]

Jörg Widmann, Tabea Zimmermann, Dénes Várjon – Es war einmal… (Once Upon a Time…) (2017) 
FLAC (tracks) 24 bit/192 kHz | Time – 01:10:20 minutes | 3,25 GB | Genre: Classical
Studio Masters, Official Digital Download | Booklet, Front Cover | © Myrios Classics

An unusual and yet particularly clever juxtaposition can be found on this album, which consists in mirroring Schumann’s 1853 Märchenerzählungen (Tales, implicitly for children) for viola, clarinet and piano – as well as, still in the realm of fairy tales, Fantasiestücke (Fantasy Pieces) for clarinet and piano and then Märchenbilder(Fairy Tale Pictures) for viola and piano – and Jörg Widmann’s Es war einmal… Fünf Stücke im Märchenton (Once Upon a Time – Five Pieces in a Fairy Tale Tone). While being a contemporary, even a modernist artist, Widmann was indeed largely inspired by Schumann’s Märchenerzählungen, his work sprinkling with reminiscences, allusions and barely disguised quotes, superimposed to today’s language – so much that, at some point, one could be led to believe both tracks were playing at the same time, Schumann’s and Widmann’s! Ever since the first great creators, the art of “recycling”, reusing and rewriting is one of the main driving forces behind artistic creation; in fact Widmann is only following this proven model. Tabea Zimmermann on viola, Dénes Várjon on piano and on clarinet, no other than the composer himself: Widmann of course, not Schumann who, as everyone knows, doesn’t play the clarinet.

Robert Schumann (1810-1856)
01. I. Lebhaft, Nicht Zu Schnell (03:04)
02. II. Lebhaft Und Sehr Markiert (03:21)
03. III. Ruhiges Tempo Mit Zartem Ausdruck (04:18)
04. IV. Lebhaft, Sehr Markiert
05. I. Zart Und Mit Ausdruck (03:38)
06. II. Lebhaft, Leicht (03:30)
07. III. Rasch Und Mit Feuer (04:01)
08. I. Nicht Schnell (03:17)
09. II. Lebhaft (03:41)
10. III. Rasch (02:37)
11. IV. Langsam, Mit Melancholischem Ausdruck (05:24)
Jörg Widmann (b.1973)
12. I. Es War Einmal… (05:37)
13. II. Fata Morgana (06:22)
14. III. Die Eishöle (02:59)
15. IV. Von Mädchen Und Prinzen (06:47)
16. V. Und Wenn Sie Nicht Gestorben Sind (06:31)

Jörg Widmann (clarinet)
Tabea Zimmermann (viola)
Dénes Várjon (piano)