Schumann: Piano Quintet, Piano Quartet & Märchenerzählungen

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Schumann: Piano Quintet, Piano Quartet & Märchenerzählungen

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Naxos

Catalogue No:

8572661
(8.572661)

Discs:

1

Release date:

3rd Sept 2012

Barcode:

0747313266173

Length:

75 minutes

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CD (download also available)
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Schumann: Piano Quintet, Piano Quartet & Märchenerzählungen


Schumann:

Piano Quintet in E flat major, Op. 44

Piano Quartet in E flat major, Op. 47

Märchenerzählungen (4) for Clarinet, Viola & Piano, Op. 132


Xiayin Wang (piano)

Fine Arts Quartet

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Between 1841 and 1843 Schumann wrote some of his greatest chamber works, among them the Piano Quartet and the Piano Quintet, both in E flat major. Written in an astonishing five-day period, the Quintet displays both the heroic and the lyric impulses in his music, boldness contrasting with songful tenderness, and march themes with lyricism. The Piano Quartet also exudes such qualities, not least in the ravishing slow movement, and the masterful breadth of Schumann’s expression. The four Märchenerzählungen are happy, energetic pieces.

Robert Schumann: Piano Quintet in E flat major, Op. 44

I. Allegro brillante

II. In modo d'una marcia. Un poco largamente

III. Scherzo: Molto vivace - Trio I - Trio II - L'istesso tempo

IV. Allegro, ma non troppo

Robert Schumann: Piano Quartet in E flat major, Op. 47

I. Sostenuto assai - Allegro ma non troppo

II. Scherzo: Molto vivace

III. Andante cantabile

IV. Finale: Vivace

Robert Schumann: Marchenerzahlungen (Fairy Tale Narrations), Op. 132 *

I. Lebhaft, nicht zu schnell

II. Lebhaft und sehr markirt

III. Ruhiges Tempo, mit zarten Ausdruck

IV. Lebhaft, sehr markirt

BBC Music Magazine

Christmas 2012

***

“A rather stately, though committed reading of the Piano Quintet. The Quartet sags in places too. Violin replaces clarinet in a highly enjoyable Fairy Tales.”

MusicWeb International

12th November 2013

“This is chamber music playing at its finest....a really excellent release.”

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