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Schumann, Brahms / Myra Hess

Release Date: 05/08/2007 
Label:  Apr (Appian) Catalog #: 5646   Spars Code: n/a 
Composer:  Robert SchumannJohannes Brahms
Performer:  Myra Hess
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Griller String Quartet
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
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Notes and Editorial Reviews

Although Myra Hess made many commercial recordings over her life-time, resulting in some magnificent interpretations, she was not fond of the recording studio and much preferred the spontaneity of live performance. We are therefore delighted to present her here in two recordings which originated in radio broadcasts for the BBC. The Schumann Carnaval was a studio recording made without an audience, but at the time it was made, almost certainly recorded in one take without editing - a true performance as opposed to her earlier HMV set of 78rpm discs, and an interpretation which certainly improves on that slightly disappointing set.

Of even greater importance is the previously unissued Brahms Piano Quintet. During World War II,
Read more when conventional evening concerts had been stopped, Myra Hess established, and ran, a series of lunch-time concerts at London’s National Gallery which became legendary and stretched to a total of 1,698! This is thought to be the only concert of which there is a surviving recording and what better to represent that magnificent series than Myra Hess herself alongside the foremost English string quartet of the time - the Griller - in one of the greatest works of the chamber repertoire. As an added bonus this work is completely new to the Hess discography.

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Works on This Recording

Carnaval, Op. 9 by Robert Schumann
Performer:  Myra Hess (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1833-1835; Germany 
Quintet for Piano and Strings in F minor, Op. 34 by Johannes Brahms
Performer:  Myra Hess (Piano)
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Griller String Quartet
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1861-1864; Austria 

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