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Brahms, Schumann, Mahler: Piano Quartets / Daniel Hope, Paul Neubauer, David Finckel, Wu Han

Album Summary

>Mahler, Gustav : Quartet for Piano and Strings in A minor
>Schumann, Robert : Quartet for Piano and Strings in E flat major, Op. 47
>Brahms, Johannes : Quartet for Piano and Strings no 1 in G minor, Op. 25
Performers Composers

Notes & Reviews:

Recorded live in New York City, this album of piano quartets features violinist Daniel Hope, violist Paul Neubauer and Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center Artistic Directors cellist David Finckel and pianist Wu Han. Including works by Brahms, Mahler and Schumann, the album will be rush released for the April 2015 North American tour.

Financial Times, 23rd May 2015
Schumann's Piano Quartet sings with an articulate give-and-take and, though the temperature is moderate early on in Brahms's Piano Quartet, the mercury rises strongly before the end.

The Telegraph, 31st May 2015
The four participants move instinctively with the music and with one another, the piano (Schumann's own instrument) blending in rather than dominating. The fugal flurries of the finale are articulated with terrific panache and togetherness...The affinity with style that shines through the Schumann is equally evident in Brahms's G minor Piano Quintet.

Gramophone Magazine, July 2015
The slow movement [of the Schumann] is one of the best things here, full-toned where needs to be - as in the glorious theme itself...There is much to admire in the Brahms, above all perhaps in the Intermezzo, with its fined-down string shadings, and the voluptuous warmth of the outer sections of the Andante.

BBC Music Magazine, December 2015
Daniel Hope and his colleagues turn in well-paced readings of all three scores - their expressive intensity heightened by the almost gypsy-style vibrato favoured by Hope himself: highly appropriate to the riotous Hungarian finale of the Brahms and imparting an almost Klezmer-like feeling to the violin flourish at the end of the Mahler.

American Record Guide, September/October 2015
Strings are to the fore, Ms Han's piano deferential and sweet. This is some very engrossing and sensitive chamber interplay. Stereo image is realistically compact, everyone piled together pretty much center stage, a bit distant, and bass could be stronger. This is a lovely and cherishable disc. The crowd goes wild after the final piece, the Brahms. Thanks, DG.

Notes & Reviews:

Recording information: The Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center at Alice Tu (03/01/2015/03/03/2015).



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Works Details

>Mahler, Gustav : Quartet for Piano and Strings in A minor
  • Performers: David Finckel (Cello); Wu Han (Piano); Daniel Hope (Violin); Paul Neubauer (Viola)
  • Notes: The Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center at Alice Tully Hall, New York (03/01/2015/03/03/2015)
  • Running Time: 11 min. 45 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Written: circa 1876
  • Studio/Live: Live

>Schumann, Robert : Quartet for Piano and Strings in E flat major, Op. 47
  • Performers: David Finckel (Cello); Wu Han (Piano); Daniel Hope (Violin); Paul Neubauer (Viola)
  • Notes: The Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center at Alice Tully Hall, New York (03/01/2015/03/03/2015)
  • Running Time: 26 min. sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Form: Chamber Music
  • Written: 1842
  • Studio/Live: Live

>Brahms, Johannes : Quartet for Piano and Strings no 1 in G minor, Op. 25
  • Performers: David Finckel (Cello); Wu Han (Piano); Daniel Hope (Violin); Paul Neubauer (Viola)
  • Notes: The Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center at Alice Tully Hall, New York (03/01/2015/03/03/2015)
  • Running Time: 38 min. 15 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Form: Chamber Music
  • Written: 1861
  • Studio/Live: Live