n 1851, one of his last creative years (he had relocated to Düsseldorf to become the new local Musikdirector), Schumann composed the Trio with piano n.3 in G minor, the two Sonatas for violin and piano op.105 and op.121 and the Märchenbilder for viola and piano, op.113. When not affected by his nervous troubles, the composer allowed a creative fervour to permeate him, and often went back, among other things, to his favourite style, that of chamber music. Putting to good use the evocative timbre of the violas, the Märchenbilder (Fairy-tale pictures) recall Schumann’s own evocative visions, to be seen in much of the music he wrote for pianos (with or without explicative titles). The features of Schumann’s soul – which Schumann musically expressed so well in his auto-analytic characters, such as the impetuous and passionate Florestano, the melancholic and nostalgic Eusebio and the level-headed Maestro Raro (outlined with masterly skill even in the versatile Carnaval for piano) – resurface in the wake of a dreamy and absorbed style, which may switch over to passionate and pleading, or rhapsodic and evocative. Four different pictures, almost abstract, fairy tale-like, that depict Schumann’s soul, multifaceted like an iridescent kaleidoscope of moods and colours, creative impulse and psychological aspects. A real universe of tints and atmospheres, accompanied by the bronze-like and persuasive voice of the violas, at times almost human and narrating.
It is almost an “absolute” music, to use a contemporary adjective of musicology. Yet it serves an autobiographic, spiritual picture that is iridescent, multicoloured and elusive like all real masterpieces that truthfully reflect the complexity of the human soul, particularly the enigmatic one of an authentic artist.[…]
Johannes Brahms: (b Hamburg, 7 May 1833; d Vienna, 3 April 1897). German composer. The successor to Beethoven and Schubert in the larger forms of chamber and orchestral music, to Schubert and Schumann in the miniature forms of piano pieces and songs, and to the Renaissance and Baroque polyphonists in choral music, Brahms creatively synthesized the practices of three centuries with folk and dance idioms and with the language of mid- and late 19th-century art music. His works of controlled passion, deemed reactionary and epigonal by some, progressive by others, became well accepted in his lifetime.
Robert Schumann: (b Zwickau, Saxony, 8 June 1810; d Endenich, nr Bonn, 29 July 1856). German composer and music critic. While best remembered for his piano music and songs, and some of his symphonic and chamber works, Schumann made significant contributions to all the musical genres of his day and cultivated a number of new ones as well. His dual interest in music and literature led him to develop a historically informed music criticism and a compositional style deeply indebted to literary models. A leading exponent of musical Romanticism, he had a powerful impact on succeeding generations of European composers.
Vanden Eynden, Jean-Claude (Pianist), was born in Brussels and studied under the direction of Eduardo Del Pueyo until the completion of his studies at the Chapelle Musicale Reine Elisabeth. Aged sixteen he was third laureate of the Concours Reine Elisabeth, at which moment his career as a soloist began, a career which has taken him all over the world. He has performed with many symphony orchestras, including the Symphony Orchestra of Leningrad, the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra of London and Franz Liszt of Budapest. He has played under the direction of Paul Kletzky, Rudolf Barshaï, Mendi Rodan, Yuri Temirkanov. Among his partners are Augustin Dumay, Silvia Marcovici, Philippe Hirschhorn, José Van Dam, the Quatuor Bulgare, the Quatuor Via Nova, the Quatuor Enesco, the Quatuor Melos. He has been a member of numerous international juries and contests, including the jury of the International Music Contest Reine Elisabeth, and other international contests.
Paris, Massimo (Violist) He was born in Rome, Italy. He is a versatile artist: soloist of viola and viola d’amore, composer, conductor, pedagogue. His concert career has led him as soloist of viola and viola d’amore and conductor in the world major concert halls such as: Carnegie Hall, Lincoln Center (Avery Fisher and Alice Tully Halls) New York, Teatro alla Scala Milano, Berlin Philharmonie, Accademia S. Cecilia Rome, Paris Opera, Concertgebouw Amsterdam, Royal Festival and Barbican Halls London, Sidney Opera House, Tokio Bunka Kaikan and Suntory Hall, Teatro Colòn Buenos Aires, Gewandhaus Leipzig. Soloist of viola and viola d’amore with “I Virtuosi di Roma” of Renato Fasano, since 1977 he joined as principal solo viola ”I Musici”. He is also a founder member in 1994 of “Stradivari string quartet”. In the chamber music field, he performed with world famous artists such as: P.Carmirelli, M.Campanella, B.Canino, G.Carmignola, S.Gazzelloni, B.Giuranna, P. L. Graf, Heinz and Ursula Holliger, R. Orozco, B. Pergamenschikow, M.Pressler, F.Petracchi, Pepe Romero & Los Romeros, C.Zacharias, Academica Artis, Orpheus string quartets, Trio di Milano and with members of Beaux Arts and Eroica trios and Guarneri, Emerson and Orlando quartets. He is a regular guest at Festivals such as Malboro, (invited by Rudolf Serkin), Montreux Edinburgh, Lucerne, Schleswig-Holstein, Mostly Mozart New York, Santa Fe New Mexico, Orlando, Spoleto. He is also a composer of symphonic and chamber music: his Christmas Suite dedicated to the legendary “Los Romeros” has been recorded for DGG, the cadenzas of his own CD of A. Rolla’s Viola Concertos and the corpus of 18 cadenzas for the Locatelli “Arts of the Violin” has been recorded for PHILIPS. He alternates his activity with conducting: founder member of Accademia Musicale Italiana & “Concerto Malaga”. Professor of viola and chamber music in Germany at the Musikhochschule Köln-Aachen and in Italy at the prestigious “Accademia di S. Cecilia” in Rome (postgraduate master), he is invited to held masterclasses in Italy, Germany, Switzerland, France, Spain, Venezuela, Mexico, USA, Canada, Hong Kong, Japan, China, Korea, Taiwan, Thailand. He has often invited guest member of International Competition Jury. He recorded for many Radio Television broadcasting in Europe, USA, South America, Japan, Australia and for the main record labels such as Columbia, Denon. Decca, Deutsche Grammophon, Philips, Sony, Arcadia, Eloquence, Brillant, Genuin, Dynamic, Claves, Epic Da Vinci Classics and 3 charity Cd for Unicef.