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Schumann: String Quartet Op. 41 no 3; Piano Quintet / Marc-André Hamelin, Takács Quartet

Album Summary

>Schumann, Robert : Quartet for Strings no 3 in A major, Op. 41/3
>Schumann, Robert : Piano Quintet in E flat major, Op. 44
Performer Composer

Notes & Reviews:

The peerless Takacs Quartet, recently nominated for a Gramophone award for their second disc of Brahms' string quartets, continue their exploration of the Romantic chamber music tradition with this disc of Schumann. The Piano Quintet is by far Schumann's most popular chamber work and one of the most beloved works in the genre. Schumann was the first romantic composer to pair the piano with the string quartet. Schumann studied the string quartets of Beethoven, Mozart and Haydn and his quartet Op 41 No 3 demonstrates these influences. However, is contains many highly original strokes, particularly the casting of the scherzo as a set of variations. The Takacs Quartet are joined by Marc-Andre Hamelin in an invigorating partnership that has already been widely acclaimed on the concert platform.

”The Takacs Quartet is now rolled over to Hyperion from Decca, and two of their members are new, but this hasn’t changed their sound at all- velvety and rich, always one of the most pleasing quartets to listen to from a purely aural standpoint, an ensemble capable of creating many colorsThis is a wonderfully airy and palpably resonant recording, capturing all the players at their finest. This one is easily recommended even for those already enjoying multiple recordings at home.”-Fanfare

'Oustanding musicianship and virtuosity abound on this stunning disc ... The sense is of true chamber interplay between five equals ... The Hyperion sound is more spacious ... and once again the Takács revel in the classical logic of Schumann's vision ... That this disc simply gets better and better on repeated listening is ample recommendation' (Gramophone)

'Such an outstanding ensemble as the Takács ... [A major quartet] Fabulous textural clarity, revealing just how imaginatively resourceful Schumann's writing is, and a special feeling for the troubled, nervous strands in his musical personality' (BBC Music Magazine)

'The Takács and Hamelin have just the right combination of tensile strength and lyrical ardour ... The poise and quality of the playing is exceptional throughout ... The Takács possess a poetry and fluency that make for very absorbing listening: this is compelling, concentrated quartet playing of very high quality ... There are excellent notes by Misha Donat and both works benefit from wonderfully natural recorded sound. The result is a Schumann disc of great distinction' (International Record Review)

'Schumann's virtuosic Piano Quintet is one of the glories of the repertoire ... The Takács and Hamelin, at once delicate and muscular, combine to spellbinding effect. The earlier String Quartet Op 41 no 3 is played with wistful tenderness' (The Observer)

'As is to be expected, the Takács Quartet provide a sumptuous disc here ... An ensemble of the first rank. Younger ensembles may restrain their use of the vibrato rather more, but such mannerisms are made up for by the depth and insight of these performances. Hyperion has produced this disc well with admirable clarity of sound, while the booklet notes provide an informative essay' (The Strad)

'The verve of the Takács is irresistible, especially when the players are partnered in the Piano Quintet by Marc-André Hamelin ... The heart quickens most when Hamelin's febrile fingers urge the strings ever further into the Quintet's special blend of turbulence, joy and nostalgia' (The Times)

'Empfehlung des Monats .. Das Klavierquintett klingt gleichermaßen beredt wie fantasievoll, nicht zuletzt dank Marc-Andre Hamelin . Spielfreudiger, kenntnisreicher lasst sich das . [Streichquartett] kaum darstellen' (Fono Forum, Germany)

Notes & Reviews:

Recording information: St. George's, Brandon Hill, Bristol, England (05/14/2009-05/17/2009).



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>Schumann, Robert : Quartet for Strings no 3 in A major, Op. 41/3
  • Notes: St. George's, Brandon Hill, Bristol, England (05/14/2009-05/17/2009)
  • Running Time: 26 min. 2 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Form: Chamber Music
  • Written: 1842

>Schumann, Robert : Piano Quintet in E flat major, Op. 44
  • Performer: Marc-André Hamelin (Piano)
  • Notes: St. George's, Brandon Hill, Bristol, England (05/14/2009-05/17/2009)
  • Running Time: 29 min. 7 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Form: Chamber Music
  • Written: 1842