Robert Schumann

Piano Trio No. 3 in G minor, Op. 110

    Description by Robert Cummings

    Schumann wrote four trios for piano and strings and this G minor effort is the last of them. The unnumbered Phantasiestücke (1842) was the first and it was followed by No. 1 in D minor and No. 2 in F major, both dating to 1847. The G minor trio here, like the other three, is cast in four movements, the first of which is the longest and most rewarding. Marked Bewegt, doch nicht zu rasch (Agitated, but not too fast), it opens with a dark, restless theme of Romantic temperament played first by the violin, but quickly taken up by the cello. The music is full of passion and mystery here, Schumann achieving a profound expressive depth. A sweeter second theme is presented and the exposition is then repeated. After a stormy and imaginative development, the themes are reprised and the movement quietly concludes. The second movement, marked Ziemlich langsam (Rather slowly), features a lovely, passionate theme played by the strings and a turbulent middle section that leaves the impression its violent music is an intrusion on the serene beauty of the outer sections. The ensuing panel (Rasch -- Rapid), at about four minutes, is the shortest of the four movements. Its anxious, descending main theme alternates with a sweetly lyrical melody, then later with its chipper variant, both perfect foils for their dark sibling. The finale is marked Kräftig, mit humor, but the humor here comes across more as playfulness and charm. The main theme is ebullient in its folk-like charm and infectious downward runs, graceful and bright in its chipper mood. The thematic development that comes later is deftly imagined, as is the alternate material. This trio typically has a duration of just under half an hour.

    Parts/Movements

    1. Bewegt, doch nicht zu rasch
    2. Ziemlich langsam - Etwas bewegter - Tempo I
    3. Rasch - Etwas Zuruckhaltend bis zum langsameren Tempo - Tempo I
    4. Kräftig, mit Humor

    Appears On

    Year Title Label Catalog #
    2019 Avie AV 2405
    2016 Brilliant Classics 95041BR
    2016 Decca 4814643
    2015 Harmonia Mundi HMC 902196
    2015 Brilliant Classics 95020BR
    2015 Quartz QTZ 2106
    2013 Audite AUDITE 92549
    2012 Onyx / Onyx Classics ONYX 4097
    2012 MDG / Zebralution
    2012 Concerto CD 20652
    2012 ABC Classics 344646
    2011 Challenge Classics CC 72520
    2011 EMI Classics / Warner Classics 5099909418
    2011 Onyx ONYX 4072
    2010 Marquis Classics / Marquis Records MARQUIS81411
    2010 Alpha Productions 158
    2010 Avie 2210
    2010 Ars Musici 232281
    2010 Deutsche Grammophon 002894778816
    2009 Azica Records 71251
    2009 Ars Produktion 38048
    2009 E1 Distribution 7754
    2009 Thorofon / Zebralution
    2009 Thorofon / Zebralution
    2006 Urania 929
    2006 Brilliant 92102
    2006 Thorofon 25336
    2004 Warner Classics 4614002
    2003 Music & Arts CD1113
    2003 Music & Arts MACD1113
    2003 Philips 000150602
    2001 Centaur Records 2709
    2000 MDG 3030922
    2000 Hyperion 67175
    2000 Naxos 553837
    1999 Music & Arts 688
    1999 Ars Musici 12412
    1998 Arts Music 47527
    1997 Decca / Philips
    1997 Philips 456 323-2PM2
    1996 Kontrapunkt 32167/68
    1995 Erato 96962
    1995 Teldec 90864
    1993 Philips 432165
    Kontrapunkt 32167
    As Disc 11018
    Giulia Recordings 201002
    Erato 45726
    Brilliant 92102/3
    Chandos CHAN8832/3