by Various Artists
Released: Sep 2006
Label: Deutsche Grammophon (DG)
Pianist Helene Grimaud put together this program of works, by Robert and Clara Schumann and their adoring friend Johannes Brahms, to show the crosscurrents of love, affection and fidelity between the three in their lifetime. Her intrigue for this musical love triangle is most apparent in the intimate moments of the lieder (tracks four and five) set just after the Schumann's wedding, sung here by Anne Sofie von Otter. It also appears in Grimaud and cellist Truls Mork's melancholic, rubato-filled gestures in Brahms's Sonata for Piano and Violoncello No. 1.