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Ferdinand Thieriot (1838-1919): Piano Quartet, Op. 30; Schumann: Youth Piano Quartet, 1829 fragment / Valentin Piano Quartet

Album Summary

>Schumann, Robert : Quartet for Piano and Strings in C minor, WoO 32
>Thieriot, Ferdinand : Quartet for Piano and Strings in E flat major, Op. 30
Performer Ensemble Composers

Notes & Reviews:

The original autographic score, which has been in the holdings of the Bonn University Library only since 1974, unfortunately turned out to be incomplete. The Piano Quartet in C minor by the nineteen-year-old visionary Robert Schumann was published in 1979, but on closer examination of the sources this edition proved to be completely inadequate. However, a glance at Schumann's models, above all Schubert and Prince Louis Ferdinand of Prussia or even Ferdinand Ries, more than enables a stylistically fine completion of the left hand in the piano part. In this form our expert Joachim Draheim, as he himself writes, "has once again put forward for discussion the young Schumann's youthful and impetuous stroke of genius. "A further revision of the score, in part involving the consultation of additional sources such as the sketches from Schumann's so-called Studienbücher, was undertaken by Draheim in 2009. This version first appeared in print during the Schumann Year 2010 and is being heard here for the first time on CD in this interpretation by the Valentin Quartet. Here this work of Schumann's youth shares the bill with the Piano Quartet No. 2 of Ferdinand Thieriot, a native son of Hamburg who may be described as an adherent of the classical composers and of Robert Schumann. Although the composer Thieriot was forgotten, unjustly so, for many years, here he proves to be a master of musical form and architecture - and in the future cpo will return to him for a closer look.

American Record Guide, November/December 2014
Ferdinand Thieriot (1838-1919) was a Hamburg-born composer who studied under Rheinberger and even won Brahms's approval - a Herculean feat for any living composer. He wrote an opera, 10 symphonies and 2 piano quartets. His contribution to the genre is very much in the Schumann tradition. It's vigorous and well-constructed, with good themes and the emphases between the instruments well distributed. The slow movement has a string melody, the piano supplying the pulse. A variation of it for the cello has a rhythmically curious piano backup. The movement has a poignant episode in the unusual key of A-flat minor. The finale, an allegro vivace, has melodic lines independent of one another, yet intelligible. The movement uses three-against-two cross rhythms in the best Schumann vein. The playing, especially in the Schumann, is emotionally full-bodied - the right way to play Schumann - with the Thieriot also benefitting.

Notes & Reviews:

Recording information: Siemensvilla Berlin.



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>Schumann, Robert : Quartet for Piano and Strings in C minor, WoO 32
  • Performer: David Meier (Piano)
  • Ensemble: Valentin Piano Quartet
  • Notes: Siemensvilla Berlin (09/09/2011-09/10/2011)
  • Running Time: 28 min. 57 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Form: Chamber Music
  • Written: 1829

>Thieriot, Ferdinand : Quartet for Piano and Strings in E flat major, Op. 30
  • Performer: David Meier (Piano)
  • Notes: Siemensvilla Berlin (06/16/2010-06/17/2010)
  • Running Time: 31 min. 37 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Form: Chamber Music