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Brahms & Schumann: Music for Two Pianos / Helene Mercier, Cyprien Katsaris

Album Summary

>Brahms, Johannes : Sonata for 2 pianos in F minor, Op. 34b
>Schumann, Robert : Piano Quintet in E flat major, Op. 44
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Notes & Reviews:

This recording brings together two major works from the history of romantic chamber music. It embraces Robert Schumann, the composer; Clara, his transcriber and indefatigable performer of his work; and Johannes Brahms, their intimate friend. The program revisits their masterpieces: Schumann's Quintet Op. 44 and Brahms' Quintet Op. 34, and the four-handed version of Schumann's Quintet may prove to be a discovery! Arranged by Clara Schumann just after the composer's death, this work bears witness to the importance of the practice of four-hand piano works in the 19th century as a driver of musical progress.

Notes & Reviews:

Recording information: Tonstudio Teije van Geest, Heidelberg/Sandhausen (05/2011).



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Works Details

>Brahms, Johannes : Sonata for 2 pianos in F minor, Op. 34b
  • Performers: Cyprien Katsaris (Piano); Helene Mercier (Piano)
  • Running Time: 41 min. 20 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Written: 1864

>Schumann, Robert : Piano Quintet in E flat major, Op. 44
  • Performers: Cyprien Katsaris (Piano); Helene Mercier (Piano)
  • Running Time: 29 min. 40 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Form: Chamber Music
  • Written: 1842