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Schumann: String Quartets 1-3 / Fine Arts Quartet

Album Summary

>Schumann, Robert : Quartet for Strings no 1 in A minor, Op. 41/1
>Schumann, Robert : Quartet for Strings no 2 in F major, Op. 41/2
>Schumann, Robert : Quartet for Strings no 3 in A major, Op. 41/3
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Notes & Reviews:

Following the so-called 'Year of Song' (1840) during which Schumann poured out almost 140 of his finest 'Lieder,' the newly-married composer turned to weightier forms. In 1842 Schumann composed the 'Three String Quartets Op. 41,' the 'Piano Quintet Op. 44' and the 'Piano Quartet Op. 47,' a veritable 'Year of Chamber Music.' Influenced by the late quartets of Beethoven and the quartets of Haydn and Mozart, Schumann's string quartets are masterpieces in their own right, filled with musical inventiveness, youthful exuberance and intense poetic feeling.

"The outstanding aspect of these performances is the quality of sound, rich and beautifully blended. With a heartfelt, expressive quality, they’re able to bring out fully the lyrical side of Schumann’s inventionThroughout, the tone is full and rounded, and never harshTheir playing is elegant and singingIt’s lovely quartet playing, and I’ll want to return to it." -Gramophone

"Edge-of-the-seat playing marked by probing insightsThe FAQ’s intonation and balances are beyond reproach. Its ensemble is razor sharp in the quicker music, and in the slower moments its phrasing breathes naturally (no mean feat). Given the competition by such ensembles as the Emerson, Melos, and Takács Quartets, they shine. The sound of this disc is excellent, capturing the quartet’s distinctive timbre and steering a judicious course between linear detail and ensemble heft and mass. In short, this is desert island stuff." -Fanfare



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>Schumann, Robert : Quartet for Strings no 1 in A minor, Op. 41/1
  • Ensemble: Fine Arts String Quartet
  • Notes: Library of Wittem Monestery (Klooster Wittem), The Netherlands (02/11/2006/02/13/2006)
  • Running Time: 25 min. 19 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Form: Chamber Music
  • Written: 1842

>Schumann, Robert : Quartet for Strings no 2 in F major, Op. 41/2
  • Ensemble: Fine Arts String Quartet
  • Notes: Library of Wittem Monestery (Klooster Wittem), The Netherlands (02/11/2006/02/13/2006)
  • Running Time: 20 min. 25 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Form: Chamber Music
  • Written: 1842

>Schumann, Robert : Quartet for Strings no 3 in A major, Op. 41/3
  • Ensemble: Fine Arts String Quartet
  • Notes: Library of Wittem Monestery (Klooster Wittem), The Netherlands (02/11/2006/02/13/2006)
  • Running Time: 31 min. 12 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Form: Chamber Music
  • Written: 1842