Schumann: Piano Trios Nos. 1 & 2

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Barnes & Noble - Andrew Farach-Colton
While Schumann's Piano Quintet, Op. 44 is immensely popular, most of his other chamber works are relatively neglected. Given the limited repertory for piano trio, you'd think Schumann's two trios would find their way onto recordings and concert programs more frequently. Written soon after the composer's Second Symphony, the D Minor Trio has a similar gravity that even its most ebullient passages cannot shake. The brighter mood of the F Major Trio makes it more immediately likeable, though it, too, has moments clouded over by somber seriousness. The Florestan Trio plays with exceptional delicacy and elegant refinement. Their graceful verve is perfect for this ...
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Editorial Reviews

Barnes & Noble - Andrew Farach-Colton
While Schumann's Piano Quintet, Op. 44 is immensely popular, most of his other chamber works are relatively neglected. Given the limited repertory for piano trio, you'd think Schumann's two trios would find their way onto recordings and concert programs more frequently. Written soon after the composer's Second Symphony, the D Minor Trio has a similar gravity that even its most ebullient passages cannot shake. The brighter mood of the F Major Trio makes it more immediately likeable, though it, too, has moments clouded over by somber seriousness. The Florestan Trio plays with exceptional delicacy and elegant refinement. Their graceful verve is perfect for this weighty music. Aided by Hyperion's transparent recording quality, the Florestan Trio makes the most persuasive case so far for these enigmatic but endearing works.
All Music Guide - Mike D. Brownell
Although 1842 was the magical year in which Schumann produced an unprecedented number of well-received, large-scale chamber works, it was by no means the only time the composer turned to chamber music during his career. Some five years later -- perhaps inspired by his wife's piano trio or the highly successful Mendelssohn "D minor Piano Trio" -- Schumann himself turned to the genre. In the space of only a few months, he produced his D minor and F major trios, two works that greatly contrast with one another. The "D minor Trio" is especially dismal and dark, particularly in its tragic third movement; meanwhile, the "F major Trio" is markedly upbeat, optimistic, and filled with playfulness. Hyperion, as part of its 30th anniversary collection of reissues, has wisely chosen the 1999 recordings of these trios made by the venerable Florestan Trio. Most importantly for these two trios in particular is Florestan's ability to provide performances that are as contrasting as the scores themselves. The beautiful and heartwrenching playing in the D minor third movement alone is enough to make this album a stellar choice for any listener. Adding to its exceptional interpretive abilities, the Florestan Trio also possesses perfectly controlled balance, wide-ranging dynamics, pristine intonation, and a clear but rich sound quality across the range of all instruments.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 3/9/1999
  • Label: Hyperion Uk
  • UPC: 034571170633
  • Catalog Number: 67063

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Piano Trio No. 1 in D minor, Op. 63 - Robert Schumann & Florestan Trio
  2. 2 Piano Trio No. 2 in F major, Op. 80 - Robert Schumann & Florestan Trio
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Performance Credits
Florestan Trio Primary Artist
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