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Schumann: 'In Search of Original Sound'

Magazine article Gramophone

Schumann: 'In Search of Original Sound'

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'In Search of Original Sound'

Cello Concerto, Op 129 (a). Symphony No 2, Op 61

(a) Jan Vogler vc

Dresden Festival Orchestra / Ivor Bolton

Sony Classical (F) 88985 37212-2 (59' * DDD)

The album's title implies some form of pioneering research but in fact indicates that Jan Vogler, Intendant of the Dresden Festival since 2008, has joined its orchestra in restringing his 'Ex Castelbarco/Fau' Stradivari with gut. The exercise created for Vogler 'a whole new feeling' and the use of period instruments and practices is, he avers, 'the key to a world of imagination'. His instrument retains the grain of its sound, rich in its mid-range and singing plangently as the music takes the left hand up the fingerboard. There's an occasional gruffness, too, and it's clear that Vogler doesn't feel the need to seek beauty of sound in Schumann's knottier passages.

The disc's packaging doesn't specifically spell out that these recordings were taken live but there are a number of noises off. Nevertheless, Vogler--placed ideally against the orchestra, his sound growing naturally out of the tuttis--shows few signs of awkwardness in Schumann's challenging writing. …

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