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Schumann: Piano Trio No. 2; Kinderszenen; Piano Quartet / The Benvenue Fortepiano Trio

Album Summary

>Schumann, Robert : Trio for Piano and Strings no 2 in F major, Op. 80
>Schumann, Robert : Kinderszenen, Op. 15
>Schumann, Robert : Quartet for Piano and Strings in E flat major, Op. 47
Performer Ensemble Composer

Notes & Reviews:

BBC Music Magazine
Great music will always transcend its own and any other period. That it does it so richly here is due in strong part to the fact that these are not only born but practiced conversationalists.

The Benvenue Fortepiano Trio's acclaimed accounts of Schumann's First and Third Piano Trios opened the ears of chamber music devotees with the crystalline textures of its period instruments and the drawing-room intimacy of its interpretations. Anchored by the enterprising violinist Monica Huggett, who has produced numerous chart-topping recordings and a Grammy nomination for Avie Records, the Trio completes Schumann's canon for the genre, complimenting the Second Trio with the Piano Quartet and casting the spotlight on Eric Zivian and his mellifluous 1841 instrument with his rendition of Schumann's beloved "Kinderszenen."

American Record Guide, March / April 2013
This is Schumann on a more intimate scale with no loss to the range of color or the clarity of the composer's polyphonic inventiveness. Indeed the clarity is enhanced, and I found myself attending to intricacies in the trio and the quartet that I had not noticed before. I now find their exposed simplicity to be immensely challenging. I am pleased with this recording. I expected performances largely aimed at gratifying historical curiosity, but the playing here yields perceptive and fresh musical understanding. I will definitely be obtaining the Benvenue Trio's earlier CD of the Schumann Trios 1+3 (March/April 2011).

Notes & Reviews:

Recording information: Old St. Hilary's, Tiburon, CA (07/25/2011-07/29/2011).



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>Schumann, Robert : Trio for Piano and Strings no 2 in F major, Op. 80
  • Ensemble: Benvenue Fortepiano Trio (Piano Trio)
  • Notes: Old St. Hilary's, Tiburon, CA (07/25/2011-07/29/2011)
  • Running Time: 25 min. 17 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Written: 1847

>Schumann, Robert : Kinderszenen, Op. 15
  • Ensemble: Benvenue Fortepiano Trio (Piano Trio)
  • Notes: Old St. Hilary's, Tiburon, CA (07/25/2011-07/29/2011)
  • Running Time: 16 min. 37 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Written: 1838

>Schumann, Robert : Quartet for Piano and Strings in E flat major, Op. 47
  • Performer: Adam Lamotte (Viola)
  • Ensemble: Benvenue Fortepiano Trio (Piano Trio)
  • Notes: Old St. Hilary's, Tiburon, CA (07/25/2011-07/29/2011)
  • Running Time: 25 min. 43 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Form: Chamber Music
  • Written: 1842