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SCHUMANN, R.: Violin Sonatas Nos. 1 and 2 / SCHUMANN, C.: 3 Romanzen (Monteiro, Santos)

Composer(s):Schumann, ClaraSchumann, Robert
Artist(s) Santos, Joao Paulo, piano • Monteiro, Bruno, violin
Period(s) Romantic
Genre Classical Music
Category Chamber Music
Catalogue CRC3086
Label Centaur
Quality   320kbps


Review By Regina Brady,The Cooper International Learning Center,

I listened to a recording of the three romances (Clara Schumann) by Bruno Monteiro on violin and João Paulo Santos on piano. The first romance is a beautiful romantic melody which reminds me slightly of Robert Schumann’s Adagio from his Adagio and Allegro for horn and piano. Monteiro’s and Santos’ playing is extremely poignant, with Monteiro’s violin getting a huge sound. The second romance, has a more dancelike quality, and has a more folkstyle approach. I think the third romance really is the most beautiful one. Each interval is caressed by the players and there is an amazingly beautiful line for the melody. It is sad they have not both received the attention that they deserve. © The Cooper International Learning Center

Review By Jorge Calado,In Expresso,August 2011

It is comforting to hear a CD of international repertoire by Portuguese instrumentalists. (…) Bruno Monteiro, that had the support of the excellent Gerardo Ribeiro and subsequently American training, is one of today´s most renowned Portuguese musicians, highlighted by a handfull of first-rate recordings. The beauty of the sound imposes itself from the beginning of the “Sonata in a minor, Op.105” (1851). With the irreproachable collaboration of João Paulo Santos – always aware of the tempo and rhythmic changes and the piano textures—, we have a fresh interpretation, where the introspective character is not betrayed by the big lightness of the 2nd movement neither by the brilliant rhythmic articulation of the 3rd. (…) The


Review By Phil Muse,Audio Video Club of Atlanta,June 2011

Two musical artists from Portugal, Bruno Monteiro and João Paulo Santos, bring fresh life to two engaging works from the last years of Robert Schumann’s life. (…) The finale (Sonata nº1) requires the close teamwork of both partners and keeps our artists on their toes. (…) The final movement (Sonata nº2) (…) in the hands of Monteiro and Santos, it builds steadily to a fine climax. The program also features Three Romances, Op. 22 by Clara Schumann.(…) My favourite, No. 3 in B flat minor, is radiantly beautiful in this performance. © 2011 Audio Video Club of Atlanta

Review By Maria Augusta Gonçalves,Jornal de Letras,February 2011

This is the first CD by violinist Bruno Monteiro for the biggest independent North American recording label, Centaur. This fact alone says a lot about the career of the Portuguese musician and is also eloquent as regards to the partnership with pianist João Paulo Santos, present in three of the four CD’s published with the Monteiro’s “signature”. (…) Bruno Monteiro and João Paulo Santos do not fear the constant tension, do not avoid the confrontation with the evidence and the inevitability that each one of the works present. The piano offers one of most idiomatic readings of the last movement of the Grand Sonata, and the violin knows well the internal “voice” that Schumann attributed to him—the big example being the end



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