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Robert Schumann : The 3 String Quartets, Op. 41

Quatuor Hermès

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Includes: 1 Digital booklet

Released on October 20, 2014 by La Dolce Volta

Main artist: Quatuor Hermès

Genre: Classical > Chamber Music > Quartets

Distinctions: Qobuzissime (October 2014) - 4F de Télérama (October 2014) - Choc de Classica (December 2014) - 5 de Diapason (November 2014)

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Album : 1 disk - 12 tracks Total length : 01:14:38

    String Quartet in A Minor, Op. 41, No. 1 (Robert Schumann)
  1. 1 I. Introduzione - Andante espressivo - Allegro

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  2. 2 II. Scherzo. Presto

    Quatuor Hermès - Robert Schumann, Composer Copyright : La Dolce Volta 2014

  3. 3 III. Adagio

    Quatuor Hermès - Robert Schumann, Composer Copyright : La Dolce Volta 2014

  4. 4 IV. Presto

    Quatuor Hermès - Robert Schumann, Composer Copyright : La Dolce Volta 2014

  5. String Quartet in F Major, Op. 41, No. 2
  6. 5 I. Allegro vivace

    Quatuor Hermès - Robert Schumann, Composer Copyright : La Dolce Volta 2014

  7. 6 II. Andante quasi variazioni

    Quatuor Hermès - Robert Schumann, Composer Copyright : La Dolce Volta 2014

  8. 7 III. Scherzo. Presto

    Quatuor Hermès - Robert Schumann, Composer Copyright : La Dolce Volta 2014

  9. 8 IV. Finale. Allegro molto vivace

    Quatuor Hermès - Robert Schumann, Composer Copyright : La Dolce Volta 2014

  10. String Quartet in A Major, Op. 41, No. 3
  11. 9 I. Andante espressivo. Allegro molto moderato

    Quatuor Hermès - Robert Schumann, Composer Copyright : La Dolce Volta 2014

  12. 10 II. Assai agitato

    Quatuor Hermès - Robert Schumann, Composer Copyright : La Dolce Volta 2014

  13. 11 III. Adagio molto

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  14. 12 IV. Finale. Allegro molto vivace

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This album of Robert Schumann's three string quartets by France's young Quatuor Hermès comes with Japanese translations of the booklet and track list. This raises an interesting question: as the market for music of the Western classical tradition grows in Asian countries, might unusual performances of repertory works influence the nature of the repertory going forward in countries where it is new? Certainly one could imagine a situation in which this recording caused the Schumann string quartets to be accorded a status higher than the middle-level position they enjoy in the West. The Quatuor Hermès offers readings that are both iconoclastic and executed at a very high level. In a word, they're electrifying. They seem to have tapped into the influence of Beethoven's revolutionary late quartets on Schumann and linked it to the spirit of fantasy and, to use the group's own word, madness that runs through all his music. This is Schumann of an ecstatic, arch-Romantic sort, with sharp tempo contrasts -- listen to the finale of the String Quartet in A minor, Op. 41/1, which almost, but not quite, goes over the edge -- and a passionate attitude toward the chains of melody that seem, once one has been conditioned to listen to the works this way, to have grown straight out of the likes of Beethoven's String Quartet No. 15 in A minor, Op. 132. Revelatory and committed, this is a Schumann recording that will be remembered and treasured.

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