Robert Schumann: The Three Violin Sonatas – Andrew Wan, Charles Richard-Hamelin

December 9, 2022, 9:00 am

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After recording all of Beethoven’s violin sonatas, Andrew Wan and Charles Richard-Hamelin are continuing their partnership with a recording of the complete violin sonatas of Robert Schumann. In a letter to Schumann dated January 1, 1850, violinist Ferdinand David wrote “Why don’t you write something for violin and piano? There is such a lack of good new pieces, and I can think of no one who could do it better than you.” David’s wish was soon fulfilled. By the fall of 1851, Schumann had written two works for the violinist. He later composed a third sonata, which contains two movements that Schumann had previously written for the famous FAE Sonata (1853), a collaborative work with Albert Dietrich and Johannes Brahms.