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Schumann: String Quartets 1-3; Piano Quintet / Peter Laul, piano

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>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
>Schumann, Robert : Piano Quintet in E flat major, Op. 44

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
>Schumann, Robert : Piano Quintet in E flat major, Op. 44
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Notes & Reviews:

Ilya Gringolts and friends complete their survey of the Schumann chamber music with the string quartets and one of the composer's fi nest works, the Piano Quintet. Following the so-called 'Year of Song' (1840) during which Schumann poured out almost 140 of his fi nest Lieder, the newly married composer turned to instrumental music. 1842 was a veritable 'Year of Chamber Music' in which Schumann composed the three String Quartets of Op. 41, the Piano Quintet and Piano Quartet. Although clearly influenced by the late quartets of Beethoven and the quartets of Haydn and Mozart, Schumann's chamber works are masterpieces in their own right. The Romantic sensibility is constantly in evidence in their musical inventiveness, youthful exuberance and poetic sensitivity.

Gramophone Magazine, January 2012
These four fine players are consistently musical in their approach and there is nothing outlandish or suspect about their interpretations. And therein perhaps lies their weakness, for it's precisely that degree of risk-taking that makes this music come alive...There is elegance to the new reading, though, which can be persuasive, such as in the variation-form second movement of No. 2.

International Record Review, January 2012
This new set...is of a very high standard: the account of the powerful first movement of the A minor is breathtakingly impressive - at times, Schumann's invention seems fit to burst the confines of four stringed instruments - and I was captivated by this intense performance throughout...a fine set of performances, very well recorded in a St Petersburg church in a rich and naturally warm acoustic.

Notes & Reviews:

Recording information: Petersburg Recording Studio at the St Catherine Luthera.



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Works Details

>Schumann, Robert : Quartet for Strings no 1 in A minor, Op. 41/1
  • Ensemble: Gringolts Quartet
  • Notes: Petersburg Recording Studio at the St Catherine Lutheran Church, St Petersburg, Russia (04/04/2011-04/07/2011)
  • Running Time: 26 min. 15 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Form: Chamber Music
  • Written: 1842

>Schumann, Robert : Quartet for Strings no 2 in F major, Op. 41/2
  • Notes: Petersburg Recording Studio at the St Catherine Lutheran Church, St Petersburg, Russia (04/04/2011-04/07/2011)
  • Running Time: 23 min. 24 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Form: Chamber Music
  • Written: 1842

>Schumann, Robert : Quartet for Strings no 3 in A major, Op. 41/3
  • Notes: Petersburg Recording Studio at the St Catherine Lutheran Church, St Petersburg, Russia (03/05/2011-03/09/2011)
  • Running Time: 28 min. 31 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Form: Chamber Music
  • Written: 1842

>Schumann, Robert : Piano Quintet in E flat major, Op. 44
  • Performer: Peter Laul (Piano)
  • Notes: Petersburg Recording Studio at the St Catherine Lutheran Church, St Petersburg, Russia (03/05/2011-03/09/2011)
  • Running Time: 28 min. 15 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Form: Chamber Music
  • Written: 1842