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Schumann: Piano Quintet; Piano Quartet / Fine Arts Quartet; Xiayin Wang, piano

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> 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
> Marchenerzahlungen (Fairy Tale Narrations), Op. 132 * - I. Lebhaft, nicht zu schnell
> Marchenerzahlungen (Fairy Tale Narrations), Op. 132 * - II. Lebhaft und sehr markirt
> Marchenerzahlungen (Fairy Tale Narrations), Op. 132 * - III. Ruhiges Tempo, mit zarten Ausdruck
> Marchenerzahlungen (Fairy Tale Narrations), Op. 132 * - IV. Lebhaft, sehr markirt

Album Summary

>Schumann, Robert : Piano Quintet in E flat major, Op. 44
>Schumann, Robert : Quartet for Piano and Strings in E flat major, Op. 47
>Schumann, Robert : Märchenerzählungen for Clarinet, Viola and Piano, Op. 132
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Notes & Reviews:

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 Märchenerzahlungen are happy, energetic pieces. Winning high praise from the American press, pianist Xiayin Wang has toured with the St Petersburg Symphony Orchestra in St Petersburg itself, as well as in the United States. Founded in Chicago in 1946, and based at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee since 1963, the Fine Arts Quartet is one of the elite few to have recorded and toured internationally for over half a century.

Gramophone
This is a suitably vivacious performance, well balanced and deeply considered... the contribution of the Fine Arts is suitably sweet and supportive.

Notes & Reviews:

Recording information: The American Academy of Arts and Letters, New York City (12/13/2010-12/16/2010).



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>Schumann, Robert : Piano Quintet in E flat major, Op. 44
  • Performer: Xiayin Wang (Piano)
  • Notes: The American Academy of Arts and Letters, New York City, USA (12/13/2010-12/16/2010)
  • Running Time: 30 min. 16 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Form: Chamber Music
  • Written: 1842

>Schumann, Robert : Quartet for Piano and Strings in E flat major, Op. 47
  • Performer: Xiayin Wang (Piano)
  • Notes: The American Academy of Arts and Letters, New York City, USA (12/13/2010-12/16/2010)
  • Running Time: 28 min. 31 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Form: Chamber Music
  • Written: 1842

>Schumann, Robert : Märchenerzählungen for Clarinet, Viola and Piano, Op. 132
  • Performer: Xiayin Wang (Piano)
  • Notes: The American Academy of Arts and Letters, New York City, USA (12/13/2010-12/16/2010)
  • Running Time: 15 min. 15 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Written: 1853