Masterclass: Jan Vogler on Schumann's Fantasiestücke

Jan Vogler

Cellist Jan Vogler discusses how to colour these fantasy pieces using a mixture of technique and imagination

I adore Schumann and, of course, that has a lot to do with his magnificent Cello Concerto. But Schumann’s Fantasiestücke are also favourites of mine: they reflect good times in his life and they represent a sanguine side of his personality, very different from his Concerto or Fünf Stücke I’m Volkston. While the extreme expressions and mood swings of those later works are absent here, these three miniatures still contain everything you can express with a cello’s voice within the traditions of the 19th century. The key is…

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