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THE LONDON ENSEMBLE:
Harold Fairhurst (violin) ; Helen Just (violoncello) ; Hetty Bolton (pianoforte)
One of the most interesting characteristics of Schumann's development as a composerwas his concentration upon one type of composition at a time. Up to the year of his marriage with Clara Wieck his energies were confined to piano music, then he devoted himself almost entirely to song writing, after which he turned to the orchestra, and finally to chamber music.
Schumann's dissatisfaction with the piano as an adequate means of expression dates from the year 1838 when he told Clara that ' the piano has become too limited for me. In the compositions I write now I hear many things I can hardly indicate. It is especially remarkable how my ideas are almost all canonic, and how I always discover the imitating voices later, often in inversion, in changed rhythms, etc.'
Schumann's finest chamber works were written during the year 1842. The first two Piano Trios in D minor and F came five years later. The F .major Trio has pace and ready melodic appeal, but does not show quite the spontaneity and the same high level of invention that characterise the composer's earlier chamber works.
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