So I purchased Schumann's Violin Concerto with Bell, Dohnányi & Cleveland from 1994 the other day. Having been a long-time admirer of the composer's Cello Concerto and 4th Symphony, I was very excited about this piece.
Wow, what a weird experience...At the moment I'm not really sure how I feel about this work. I'm not very good at puting musical experiences to words, so I focus only on the first movement to make this short.
First of all, what a strange way to start off. The listener is thrown into a chaotic theme played by what must be a full symphony orchestra...It sounds "Schumannesque" enough, although not as clear and interesting as his masterworks. Then after a while the violin is introduced in a pretty solitary manner, totally changing the tempo and mood. It's almost like a new piece starting. Then the orchestra takes over, and about halfway through the movement finally a very fine, lyrical theme raises. After that the whole bloody thing is repeated and the movement is ended as sudden as it started.
Really, I'm confused about the piece.