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Isabelle Faust|Schumann: Piano Quartet - Piano Quintet

Schumann: Piano Quartet - Piano Quintet

Isabelle Faust, Anne-Katharina Schreiber, Antoine Tamestit, Jean-Guihen Queyras, Alexander Melnikov

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Violinist Isabelle Faust and fortepianist Alexander Melnikov have been accumulating a catalog of distinctive historical performances of Schumann. Here, they turn to the composer's most famous chamber works, the Piano Quartet in E flat major, Op. 47, and Piano Quintet in E flat major, Op. 44, bringing on board violist Antoine Tamestit, cellist Jean-Guihen Queyras, and violinist Anne Katharina Schreiber in the Piano Quintet. Despite the common key and the fact that the two works were written just a few weeks apart, they're quite different, and one strength of these performances is that the players catch the difference. The Piano Quartet is quiet and inward, with Faust's "Sleeping Beauty" Stradivarius purring in the opening Sostenuto assai passage. The slow movement of this work gets a performance of rare lyricism here. The Piano Quintet looks forward to a more public, orchestral kind of chamber music, and the players succeed in transforming the entire sound environment of the music, aided immeasurably by Harmonia's engineers. The music was recorded at the small hall of the German federal youth music academy in Trossingen, and this is a superb space for the music. Of interest far beyond historical performance circles, these are wonderful performances of Schumann's major chamber works.

© James Manheim /TiVo

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Piano Quartet in E-Flat Major, Op. 47 (Robert Schumann)

1
I. Sostenuto assai - Allegro ma non troppo
00:08:40

Robert Schumann, Composer - Antoine Tamestit, Viola, MainArtist - Isabelle Faust, Violin, MainArtist - Jean-Guihen Queyras, Cello, MainArtist - Alexander Melnikov, MainArtist

2023 harmonia mundi 2023 harmonia mundi

2
II. Scherzo. Molto vivace
00:03:33

Robert Schumann, Composer - Antoine Tamestit, Viola, MainArtist - Isabelle Faust, Violin, MainArtist - Jean-Guihen Queyras, Cello, MainArtist - Alexander Melnikov, MainArtist

2023 harmonia mundi 2023 harmonia mundi

3
III. Andante cantabile
00:06:21

Robert Schumann, Composer - Antoine Tamestit, Viola, MainArtist - Isabelle Faust, Violin, MainArtist - Jean-Guihen Queyras, Cello, MainArtist - Alexander Melnikov, MainArtist

2023 harmonia mundi 2023 harmonia mundi

4
IV. Finale. Vivace
00:07:25

Robert Schumann, Composer - Antoine Tamestit, Viola, MainArtist - Isabelle Faust, Violin, MainArtist - Jean-Guihen Queyras, Cello, MainArtist - Alexander Melnikov, MainArtist

2023 harmonia mundi 2023 harmonia mundi

5
Piano Quintet in E-Flat Major, Op. 44: I. Allegro brillante
00:08:52

Robert Schumann, Composer - Antoine Tamestit, Viola, MainArtist - Isabelle Faust, Violin, MainArtist - Jean-Guihen Queyras, Cello, MainArtist - Alexander Melnikov, MainArtist - Anne-Katharina Schreiber, Violin, MainArtist

2023 harmonia mundi 2023 harmonia mundi

6
Piano Quintet in E-Flat Major, Op. 44: II. In modo d'una Marcia. Un poco largamente
00:07:50

Robert Schumann, Composer - Antoine Tamestit, Viola, MainArtist - Isabelle Faust, Violin, MainArtist - Jean-Guihen Queyras, Cello, MainArtist - Alexander Melnikov, MainArtist - Anne-Katharina Schreiber, Violin, MainArtist

2023 harmonia mundi 2023 harmonia mundi

7
Piano Quintet in E-Flat Major, Op. 44: III. Scherzo. Molto vivace
00:04:47

Robert Schumann, Composer - Antoine Tamestit, Viola, MainArtist - Isabelle Faust, Violin, MainArtist - Jean-Guihen Queyras, Cello, MainArtist - Alexander Melnikov, MainArtist - Anne-Katharina Schreiber, Violin, MainArtist

2023 harmonia mundi 2023 harmonia mundi

8
Piano Quintet in E-Flat Major, Op. 44: IV. Allegro ma non troppo
00:07:08

Robert Schumann, Composer - Antoine Tamestit, Viola, MainArtist - Isabelle Faust, Violin, MainArtist - Jean-Guihen Queyras, Cello, MainArtist - Alexander Melnikov, MainArtist - Anne-Katharina Schreiber, Violin, MainArtist

2023 harmonia mundi 2023 harmonia mundi

Album review

Violinist Isabelle Faust and fortepianist Alexander Melnikov have been accumulating a catalog of distinctive historical performances of Schumann. Here, they turn to the composer's most famous chamber works, the Piano Quartet in E flat major, Op. 47, and Piano Quintet in E flat major, Op. 44, bringing on board violist Antoine Tamestit, cellist Jean-Guihen Queyras, and violinist Anne Katharina Schreiber in the Piano Quintet. Despite the common key and the fact that the two works were written just a few weeks apart, they're quite different, and one strength of these performances is that the players catch the difference. The Piano Quartet is quiet and inward, with Faust's "Sleeping Beauty" Stradivarius purring in the opening Sostenuto assai passage. The slow movement of this work gets a performance of rare lyricism here. The Piano Quintet looks forward to a more public, orchestral kind of chamber music, and the players succeed in transforming the entire sound environment of the music, aided immeasurably by Harmonia's engineers. The music was recorded at the small hall of the German federal youth music academy in Trossingen, and this is a superb space for the music. Of interest far beyond historical performance circles, these are wonderful performances of Schumann's major chamber works.

© James Manheim /TiVo

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