Schumann: Papillons, Kinderszenen; Brahms: Opp. 117, 118 Sarah Beth Briggs

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Album-Release:
2019

HRA-Release:
11.01.2019

Label: AVIE Records

Genre: Classical

Subgenre: Instrumental

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  • Robert Schumann (1810 - 1856): Papillons, Op. 2:
  • 1Papillons, Op. 216:59
  • Johannes Brahms (1833 - 1897): 3 Intermezzi in E-Flat Major, Op. 117:
  • 23 Intermezzi in E-Flat Major, Op. 117: I. Andante moderato05:41
  • 33 Intermezzi in B-Flat Minor, Op. 117: II. Andante non troppo e con molto espressione05:00
  • 43 Intermezzi in C-Sharp Minor, Op. 117: III Andante con moto06:06
  • 6 Klavierstücke in A Minor, Op. 118:
  • 56 Klavierstücke in A Minor, Op. 118: I. Intermezzo. Allegro non assai, ma molto appassionato01:34
  • 66 Klavierstücke in A Major, Op. 118: II. Intermezzo. Andante teneramente06:09
  • 6 Klavierstücke in G Minor, Op. 118:
  • 76 Klavierstücke in G Minor, Op. 118: III. Ballade. Allegro energico03:36
  • 6 Klavierstücke in F Minor, Op. 118:
  • 86 Klavierstücke in F Minor, Op. 118: IV. Intermezzo. Allegretto un poco agitato02:54
  • 96 Klavierstücke in F Major, Op. 118: V. Romanze. Andante04:13
  • 6 Klavierstücke in E-Flat Minor, Op. 118:
  • 106 Klavierstücke in E-Flat Minor, Op. 118: VI. Intermezzo. Andante, largo e mesto06:28
  • Robert Schumann: Kinderszenen “Scenes from Childhood”, Op. 15:
  • 11Kinderszenen “Scenes from Childhood”, Op. 15: Von fremden Ländern und Menschen “Of Foreign Lands and Peoples”01:36
  • 12Kinderszenen “Scenes from Childhood”, Op. 15: Kuriose Geschichte “A Curious Story”01:14
  • 13Kinderszenen “Scenes from Childhood”, Op. 15: Hasche-Mann “Blind Man’s Bluff”00:34
  • 14Kinderszenen “Scenes from Childhood”, Op. 15: Bittendes Kind “Pleading Child”01:17
  • 15Kinderszenen “Scenes from Childhood”, Op. 15: Glückes genug “Happy Enough”01:30
  • 16Kinderszenen “Scenes from Childhood”, Op. 15: Wichtige Begebenheit “An Important Event”00:54
  • 17Kinderszenen “Scenes from Childhood”, Op. 15: Träumerei “Dreaming”02:55
  • 18Kinderszenen “Scenes from Childhood”, Op. 15: Am Kamin “At the Fireside”00:54
  • 19Kinderszenen “Scenes from Childhood”, Op. 15: Ritter vom Steckenpferd “Knight of the Hobbyhorse”00:39
  • 20Kinderszenen “Scenes from Childhood”, Op. 15: Fast zu ernst “Almost Too Serious”02:16
  • 21Kinderszenen “Scenes from Childhood”, Op. 15 : Fürchtenmachen “Frightening”02:21
  • 22Kinderszenen “Scenes from Childhood”, Op. 15: Kind im Einschlummern “Child Falling Asleep”02:38
  • 23Kinderszenen “Scenes from Childhood”, Op. 15: Der Dichter spricht “The Poet Speaks”03:14
  • Total Runtime01:20:42

Info for Schumann: Papillons, Kinderszenen; Brahms: Opp. 117, 118

For her first solo recital recording for AVIE Records, award-winning pianist Sarah Beth Briggs turns to some of the greatest collections of Romantic miniatures ever written, largely inspired by one woman: Clara Schumann, wife of Robert Schumann and muse to Johannes Brahms. The twelve short dance movements of Schumann’s early and enigmatic Papillons set the scene, giving way to autumnal, late Brahms – his Op. 117 Intermezzi and Op. 118 Klavierstücke.

The album ends as it begins, with youthful Schumann and his lovingly crafted Kinderszenen, written over half a century earlier.

Multi-award winning pianist Sarah Beth Briggs earned multiple plaudits for her previous AVIE recordings – a Gramophone Critics‘ Choice for her pairing of concertos by Hans Gál and Mozart, and a Gramophone Editor‘s Choice for her Briggs Piano Trio‘s pairing of works by Gál and Shostakovich. For her first solo recital recording for AVIE, Sarah turns to some of the greatest collections of Romantic miniatures ever written, largely inspired by one woman: Clara Schumann, wife of Robert Schumann and muse to Johannes Brahms. The twelve short dance movements of Schumann‘s early and enigmatic Papillons set the scene, giving way to autumnal, late Brahms - his Op. 117 Intermezzi and Op. 118 Klavierstücke. The album ends as it begins, with youthful Schumann and his lovingly crafted Kinderszenen, written over half a century earlier.

Sarah Beth Briggs, piano




Sarah Beth Briggs
an artist of extraordinary magnetism (Michael Kennedy, Daily Telegraph) – is a leading recitalist, concerto soloist, and chamber musician. A long-standing pupil of the late Denis Matthews, she gained a Hindemith Scholarship to study chamber music in Switzerland with celebrated violist, Bruno Giuranna, and remained in Lausanne for further studies with renowned Arrau pupil, Chilean pianist Edith Fischer.

Her professional career was launched at the age of eleven when she became the then youngest-ever finalist in the BBC Young Musician of the Year and a recipient of a Dame Myra Hess Award. Four years later she gained international recognition as joint winner of the International Mozart Competition in Salzburg.

Sarah’s musical interpretations have been broadcast internationally on radio and television, while recital and concerto performances have taken her to Germany, Switzerland, France, Italy and the USA. UK orchestral collaborations include concerts with the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, Royal Northern Sinfonia, the Hallé, London Mozart Players, London Philharmonic Orchestra, English Chamber Orchestra, Scottish Chamber Orchestra, Ulster Orchestra, Manchester Camerata, Royal Liverpool Philharmonic and BBC Concert Orchestra. She has been the featured soloist at major British venues including Manchester’s Bridgewater Hall, London’s South Bank Centre, and the Barbican Centre.

Sarah is a celebrated artist at societies and festivals throughout the UK, acclaimed by promoters and critics for her performances and for her engaging and informative introductions to recital programmes.

She gave the world premiere (at the Chester Festival) of Britten’s Three Character Pieces, which feature on one of her warmly-reviewed releases for Semaphore. Her discography to date also includes music by Haydn, Mozart, Beethoven, Brahms, Schubert, Chopin, Debussy, Bartók and Rawsthorne. Her first concerto disc on the AVIE label (a Gramophone Critics’ Choice in 2016) features the world premiere of Hans Gál’s Piano Concerto coupled with Mozart Concerto K482 with the Royal Northern Sinfonia conducted by Kenneth Woods. January 2019 sees AVIE releasing a disc of Sarah playing Schumann and late Brahms.

Sarah enjoys balancing a successful solo career with numerous chamber music engagements and has worked with many acclaimed soloists. Her first chamber music CD was released in April 2018 on Toccata Classics, featuring Gál’s Piano Quartet and Violin and Piano Sonatinas with Hungarian violinist, Katalin Kertész and her ensemble. She followed this with a disc of Gál and Shostakovich Piano Trios with her new Briggs Piano Trio (with David Juritz and Kenneth Woods) released in August on AVIE. This was awarded a Gramophone Editor’s Choice in October 2018 and MusicWeb International Recording of the Month in November 2018.

The Briggs Piano Trio is the successor to Trio Melzi (2000 – 2016) which Sarah was a founder member of. Sarah has a longstanding duo partnership with clarinettist Janet Hilton and in addition they are joined by Robin Ireland in the Anton Stadler Trio and Laurence Perkins in Clarion3. She has a successful piano duet partnership with James Lisney, while her latest chamber music venture is a violin and piano duo with David Juritz.

Sarah taught keyboard for many years at the University of York. She gives regular masterclasses and chamber music tuition in the UK and has also taught in Switzerland and the USA. Away from the concert platform, she loves the theatre, good food and wine and walking in the countryside with her cocker spaniels.



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