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Schumann: String Quartets, Op. 41 / Doric String Quartet

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>Schumann, Robert : Quartet for Strings no 1 in A minor, Op. 41/1
>Schumann, Robert : Quartet for Strings no 2 in F major, Op. 41/2
>Schumann, Robert : Quartet for Strings no 3 in A major, Op. 41/3

Album Summary

>Schumann, Robert : Quartet for Strings no 1 in A minor, Op. 41/1
>Schumann, Robert : Quartet for Strings no 2 in F major, Op. 41/2
>Schumann, Robert : Quartet for Strings no 3 in A major, Op. 41/3
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Notes & Reviews:

Schumann's set of string quartets, Op. 41, his only published contribution to the genre remain a sheer masterpiece of 19th century chamber music repertoire. Esteemed theorist & composer Moritz Hauptmann said: 'His [Schumann's] first, which delighted me immensely, made me marvel at his talent... it is cleverly conceived and held together, and a great deal of it is very beautiful'. The works are performed by the Doric String Quartet, among the most impressive of the young quartets on the classical music scene today.

"Among numerous affecting details: the sinuous allegro opening of No 2; the driven upsurge of its scherzo; and the plangent sigh that is No 3’s andante espressivo introduction, rarely more espressivo than here." -The Sunday Times

"The Dorics play with warmth, finesse and exciting attack." -The Observer

Classic FM Magazine
The starry young Doric Quartet delves into Schumann's fantastical worlds in a performance rich in both imagination and care. Applying a generally delicate approach, with thin vibrato expressively aided by the use of well-judged portamentaos, they draw out a wealth of nuances. The mood of intimacy, half-lights and many-shaded moods is enhanced by their efforts to find a 'period' style appropriate to Schumann and his whirlwind imagination.

BBC Music Magazine
Here's a disc that merits an especially big welcome... At last comes a strong challenger which brings together all three of these wonderful but so often misunderstood quartets. The play has all the fragile pathos, volatility, exuberance, and quirky humour one hopes to find in this music... The Doric Quartet also have a compelling sense of how Schumann's moods can turn on a musical sixpence... What more can one say?

Notes & Reviews:

Recording information: Potton Hall, Dunwich, Suffolk (02/09/2011-02/11/2011).



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Works Details

>Schumann, Robert : Quartet for Strings no 1 in A minor, Op. 41/1
  • Notes: Potton Hall, Dunwich, Suffolk (02/09/2011-02/11/2011)
  • Running Time: 24 min. 37 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Form: Chamber Music
  • Written: 1842

>Schumann, Robert : Quartet for Strings no 2 in F major, Op. 41/2
  • Notes: Potton Hall, Dunwich, Suffolk (02/09/2011-02/11/2011)
  • Running Time: 20 min. 20 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Form: Chamber Music
  • Written: 1842

>Schumann, Robert : Quartet for Strings no 3 in A major, Op. 41/3
  • Notes: Potton Hall, Dunwich, Suffolk (02/09/2011-02/11/2011)
  • Running Time: 27 min. 52 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Form: Chamber Music
  • Written: 1842