Schumann Project: Complete Chamber Music with Piano / Eric le Sage, piano

> Piano Quintet in E-Flat Major, Op. 44 - I. Allegro brillante
> Piano Quintet in E-Flat Major, Op. 44 - II. In modo d'una marcia. Un poco largamente
> Piano Quintet in E-Flat Major, Op. 44 - III. Scherzo: Molto vivace - Trio I - Trio II - L'istesso tempo
> Piano Quintet in E-Flat Major, Op. 44 - IV. Allegro, ma non troppo
> Piano Quartet in E-Flat Major, Op. 47 - I. Sostenuto assai - Allegro ma non troppo
> Piano Quartet in E-Flat Major, Op. 47 - II. Scherzo: Molto vivace
> Piano Quartet in E-Flat Major, Op. 47 - III. Andante cantabile
> Piano Quartet in E-Flat Major, Op. 47 - IV. Finale: Vivace
> Studien fur den Pedal-Flugel (Studies for Pedal Piano), Op. 56 (arr. for clarinet, cello and piano) - I. Nicht zu schnell
> Studien fur den Pedal-Flugel (Studies for Pedal Piano), Op. 56 (arr. for clarinet, cello and piano) - II. Mit innigen Ausdruck
> Studien fur den Pedal-Flugel (Studies for Pedal Piano), Op. 56 (arr. for clarinet, cello and piano) - III. Andantino
> Studien fur den Pedal-Flugel (Studies for Pedal Piano), Op. 56 (arr. for clarinet, cello and piano) - IV. Innig
> Studien fur den Pedal-Flugel (Studies for Pedal Piano), Op. 56 (arr. for clarinet, cello and piano) - V. Nicht zu schnell
> Studien fur den Pedal-Flugel (Studies for Pedal Piano), Op. 56 (arr. for clarinet, cello and piano) - VI. Adagio
> Ballscenen, Op. 109 - No. 3. Walzer
> Ballscenen, Op. 109 - No. 4. Ungarisch
> Ballscenen, Op. 109 - No. 5. Francaise
> Ballscenen, Op. 109 - No. 6. Mazurka
> Kinderball, Op. 130 - No. 1. Polonaise
> Ballscenen, Op. 109 - No. 7. Ecossaise
> Ballscenen, Op. 109 - No. 8. Walzer
> Ballscenen, Op. 109 - No. 9. Promenade
> Kinderball, Op. 130 - No. 4. Ecossaise
> Kinderball, Op. 130 - No. 2. Walzer
> Kinderball, Op. 130 - No. 3. Menuett
> Kinderball, Op. 130 - No. 5. Francaise
> Kinderball, Op. 130 - No. 6. Ringelreihe

Notes & Reviews:

This new seven-disc box set from Alpha presents Schumann's complete chamber music with piano for the first time, played by one of the great Schumann interpreters, who has been exploring this world with great success since 2005: Eric Le Sage. The pianist is joined by outstanding musicians Paul Meyer, Francois Salque, Franck Braley, Antoine Tamesit, and others, who enable the listener to fully appreciate these masterful works written by genius of German Romanticism.

Robert Schumann's chamber compositions are undoubtedly among the most important European works of the 19th century. Schumann (1810 - 1856) was the archetypal Romantic composer, a man with unbounded imagination who mastered almost every genre of his time. His chamber music, which may be regarded as an extension of his piano music, enabled him to explore the construction of his works.

The Guardian, June 2012
In general Le Sage has shown himself to be much more convincing when collaborating with other performers than when left to his own interpretative devices. This set brings together all those chamber music recordings.



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