Vienna Philharmonic harpist Anneleen Lenaerts’ new recording “Schumann & Schubert” has just been released on the Warner Classics label. The album also features clarinetist Dionysis Grammenos. The two perform 13 tracks of unusual transcriptions of works by the two master composers. The Berlin Philharmonic will host the release concert on Oct. 24. We asked Lenaerts to tell us more.
“The most famous work, the Arpeggione by F. Schubert, got known through history in many different settings/transcriptions, but it’s the first time it’s being recorded by harp and clarinet. The Fantasiestücke and Romanzen are true clarinet repertoire (even though the Romanzen are originally for oboe) normally accompanied by the piano, but since the clarinet and harp are both known for sensitive romantic playing, the sound of those two instruments blends wonderfully. Last but not least to mention is the recording of thre songs written by Clara Schumann, coming from the Song cycle on the Rückert Lieder, which she composed together with Robert Schumann. It was known that Robert was sad that domestic life was keeping Clara too much back from composing and I think this is often the case for women composers these days and it’s important not to forget what beautiful pieces were created by woman. I hope everyone will enjoy this CD.”