Robert Schumann: Piano Quartets

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Robert Schumann: Piano Quartets 43:29 $17.98
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1 Quartet in E flat major op. 47: Sostenuto assai - Allegro ma non troppo 6:32 $2.49 Buy
2 Quartet in E flat major op. 47: Scherzo: Molto vivace 2:31 $2.49 Buy
3 Quartet in E flat major op. 47: Andante cantabile 4:29 $2.49 Buy
4 Quartet in E flat major op. 47: Finale: Vivace 5:50 $2.49 Buy
5 Quartet in C minor (1829): Allegro molto affettuoso 10:16 88/24 Album only
6 Quartet in C minor (1829): Menuetto: Presto 2:49 $2.49 Buy
7 Quartet in C minor (1829): Andante 4:48 $2.49 Buy
8 Quartet in C minor (1829): Allegro giusto. Presto 6:14 $2.49 Buy

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Rare and Renowned
On its thirtieth MDG release the "Trio Parnassus - a world-class trio" (American Record Guide) presents an absolute rarity. Together with the violist Hariolf Schlichtig the committed musicians perform not only Robert Schumann's famous Piano Quartet but also his early Piano Quartet in C minor - which until now was thought to be unplayable!

Gifted Intuition
The Piano Quartet in C minor is a typical early work from the pen of the highly gifted nineteen-year-old enthusiast. At the time Schumann really still lacked the necessary theoretical foundation for such a work. He himself was certainly aware of this fact, since in his journal he spoke of a "bungled quartet" that he tried to "rework" into a symphony a year later - in vain. He then left the work in its imperfect state.

Successful Result
A good thirty years ago experts again took a closer look at Schumann's first piano quartet. The University of Bonn Library acquired an autographic score of the work which was full of errors and gaps. Since Schumann played the piano himself, he did not have to write down, for example, the part for the left hand. The C minor quartet has now first been rendered playable on the basis of additions and corrections undertaken by Joachim Draheim and the performers on this CD. The successful result was premiered by the Trio Parnassus in Stuttgart on 6 February 2005.

Top Ranking
The Trio Parnassus has long since won over live audiences and audiophiles with its complete recordings of the trios of Mozart, Beethoven, Hummel, Brahms, Bargiel, Schumann, Rheinberger, Scharwenka, and Lalo. It is not without reason that international critics have ranked the Trio Parnassus at the top of the world among the piano trios of its generation: "Their technical skill seems nearly universal" (Fanfare); "Splendid, vigorous, loving, and lyrical" (Classic CD); "Phrasing, dynamics, precision grip - one doesn't know what one should mention first" (Klassik heute).