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Schumann: Piano Duets, Vol. 1 / String Quartet in A major; Piano Quintet in E flat major / Eckerle Piano Duo

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

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
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Notes & Reviews:

Piano arrangements were the main way for people to become acquainted with concert repertoire in Schumann's day, and publishers ensured that the huge demand for such versions was met. Otto Dresel's arrangement of the String Quartet, Op. 41, No. 3 was approved by the composer. Clara Schumann was dedicatee and soloist for the Piano Quintet, Op. 44, and she was able to draw on her intimate knowledge of her husband's work to make her own highly effective arrangement. This is the first of seven volumes including Schumann's entire orchestral works arranged for piano duet. Mariko and Volker Eckerle founded the Eckerle Piano Duo in 2006. The German-Japanese duo regularly plays central works of the piano duet repertoire along with rarely-heard pieces and works, accompanied by other musicians, actors and ballet companies.

American Record Guide, March / April 2013
Based on the Eckerle's musical playing and perfect ensemble, this is a notable first volume and will keep me on the lookout for more in the series. The music works very well on the piano. All told, we have a great beginning to a series that I will watch for in the future.

Notes & Reviews:

Recording information: Stadthalle Ettlingen (04/2011); Stadthalle Ettlingen (11/2010).



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>Schumann, Robert : Quartet for Strings no 3 in A major, Op. 41/3
  • Notes: Stadthalle Ettlingen (04/2011); Stadthalle Ettlingen (11/2010)
  • Running Time: 32 min. 20 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Form: Chamber Music
  • Written: 1842

>Schumann, Robert : Piano Quintet in E flat major, Op. 44
  • Notes: Stadthalle Ettlingen (04/2011); Stadthalle Ettlingen (11/2010)
  • Running Time: 32 min. 32 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Form: Chamber Music
  • Written: 1842