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Schumann: String Quartet No. 3; Piano Quintet / Daniel Quartet; Klara Wurtz, piano

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
Performer Ensemble Composer

Notes & Reviews:

Although perhaps better known for his Lieder and piano music, both of the works heard on this new recording by the Daniel Quartet are from Robert Schumann’s significant oeuvre of chamber music. Remarkably, it was within a single year (1842), at the start of his career, that Schumann wrote his three String Quartets Op.41 and the Piano Quintet Op.44; both are now considered pillars of the chamber music repertoire. Schumann was well acquainted with examples of the genre by Haydn, Mozart and Mendelssohn, and passionate studies of Beethoven’s quartets preceded his own works. He adapted elements from these older compositions into his new music, and easily transposed his writing for full orchestra to the smaller ensemble. Schumann’s song-like melodies are brought __ to life in this lively new release, with the exuberant character of the music palpable in the Daniel Quartet’s performance. Schumann himself described the String Quartet in A major as one of the best things he had ever written, and the Piano Quintet in E flat major is similarly considered one of Schumann’s best compositions. The work was dedicated to his beloved wife Clara, and she played in its premiere in 1843. The Daniel Quartet is renowned for its performances of chamber music at major venues in the USA and across Europe. For the Piano Quintet, they are joined by Hungarian pianist Klára Würtz – one of Brilliant Classics’ most prolific artists – whose recent recording of Beethoven violin sonatas received five-star reviews in Diapason and Fanfare. Other information: Booklet includes liner notes and artist biographies Recorded in 2014 Other information * Recorded in 2014. * Booklet includes liner notes and artist biographies. ALSO AVAILABLE:

American Record Guide, March/April 2015
The Daniel Quartet delivers quite a different reading. Many listeners will prefer this approach, and even though I've fallen in love with the Yings, I enjoy this one as well. Some of their tempos seem slow, especially in I, but otherwise this is a good performance. In the piano quintet this roughness is perfect. It's a much more extroverted work, and its piano part feels like a concerto. Klara Wurtz does fine in comparison. She plays with vigor, a strong tone, and plenty of shading. The famous funeral march of II gets a very good rendition, changing from somber to angelic. The engineering is excellent, and we get to hear all of the lines clearly, even in the thickest parts, such as the fugue in IV. If you don't own a recording of this work, I can think of no reason not to get this.

Notes & Reviews:

Recording information: Jurriaanse Zaal, de Doelen, Rotterdam, The Netherlands (02/19/2014-02/21/2014).



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>Schumann, Robert : Quartet for Strings no 3 in A major, Op. 41/3
  • Ensemble: Daniel Quartet
  • Notes: Jurriaanse Zaal, de Doelen, Rotterdam, The Netherlands (02/19/2014-02/21/2014)
  • Running Time: 29 min. 15 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Form: Chamber Music
  • Written: 1842

>Schumann, Robert : Piano Quintet in E flat major, Op. 44
  • Performer: Klára Würtz (Piano)
  • Notes: Jurriaanse Zaal, de Doelen, Rotterdam, The Netherlands (02/19/2014-02/21/2014)
  • Running Time: 27 min. 55 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Form: Chamber Music
  • Written: 1842