Schumann: String Quartets, Op. 41

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Barnes & Noble - EJ Johnson
If 1840 was Robert Schumann's fabled year of songs, then 1842 was his year for chamber music. Schumann, perhaps more than any other composer, compartmentalized his compositional output, often focusing on one genre in one year and on another in the next. But the first three years of the 1840s, which were perhaps not coincidentally the first three of Schumann's marriage to his beloved Clara Wieck, were an exceedingly productive period for the young composer. In 1842 alone, he completed the Piano Quartet Op. 47, the ever-popular Piano Quintet Op. 44, and the three String Quartets Op. 41. And these three quartets, Schumann's only foray into the exalted genre, were composed in...
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Editorial Reviews

Barnes & Noble - EJ Johnson
If 1840 was Robert Schumann's fabled year of songs, then 1842 was his year for chamber music. Schumann, perhaps more than any other composer, compartmentalized his compositional output, often focusing on one genre in one year and on another in the next. But the first three years of the 1840s, which were perhaps not coincidentally the first three of Schumann's marriage to his beloved Clara Wieck, were an exceedingly productive period for the young composer. In 1842 alone, he completed the Piano Quartet Op. 47, the ever-popular Piano Quintet Op. 44, and the three String Quartets Op. 41. And these three quartets, Schumann's only foray into the exalted genre, were composed in a mere two months. The Eroica Quartet, today's preeminent period instrument string quartet, follow their well-received recordings of Mendelssohn and Beethoven with this treatment of Schumann's quartets, and the rewarding results are no surprise. Eroica play period instruments that are unburdened by modern enhancements (they employ gut strings instead of wound metal, for example), and consequently their sound has a refreshing transparency. The four are also students of 19th-century performing techniques, and their subtle style -- which includes the judicious use of vibrato (a ubiquitous technique today) -- can be a revelation. But these performances are neither dry nor pedantic: They are warmly musical, and Eroica's top-notch reputation will only be enhanced by this fine, satisfying recording.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 2/13/2001
  • Label: Harmonia Mundi Fr.
  • UPC: 093046727024
  • Catalog Number: 907270

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