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Schumann: Piano Quartets / Previn, Kim, Ohyama, Hoffman

Release Date: 01/24/2008 
Label:  Rca Victor Red Seal Catalog #: 61384   Spars Code: DDD 
Composer:  Robert Schumann
Performer:  Heiichiro OhyamaAndré PrevinKim Young UckGary Hoffman
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 0 Hours 47 Mins. 

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This CD is reissued by ArkivMusic.

Notes and Editorial Reviews

The special interest here is the ''world premiere recording'' of Schumann's first Piano Quartet in C minor, completed in March, 1829, when he was still only 18. Though his Leipzig piano teacher, Friedrich Wieck, and other discerning music-loving friends found much in the work to praise after a domestic performance by Schumann and some fellow-students, he himself lost faith in it and the score remained unpublished until the Schumann scholar, Wolfgang Boetticher, prepared a performing edition in 1979. The gem of the four movements is the nimble Minuetto, with a trio (its leading theme reappears in the fourth of his Op. 4 Intermezzos for solo piano) subsequently picked out by him as the moment when he first recognized himself as a Read more ''romantic... departing from the former musical style''. The tenderly spun Andante is winning too, and even though the Beethoven-cum-Schubert-inspired faster flanking movements (the last dominated by an obsessively reiterated dotted rhythm) need—and I think in this performance receive—some pruning, both have an irresistible youthful elan. Andre Previn and his three colleagues cannot be over-praised for coming to the Quartet's rescue with such immediacy and warmth of sympathy.

Though never enjoying the popularity of the Piano Quintet, the E flat Piano Quartet, written some 13 years after the C minor work, has rarely lacked dedicated protagonists. These players hold their own with them all, especially the very lively pianist with his keen ear for textural clarity.

-- Joan Chissell, Gramophone [5/1993]
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Works on This Recording

Quartet for Piano and Strings in E flat major, Op. 47 by Robert Schumann
Performer:  Heiichiro Ohyama (Viola), André Previn (Piano), Kim Young Uck (Violin),
Gary Hoffman (Cello)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1842; Germany 
Quartet for Piano and Strings in C minor by Robert Schumann
Performer:  Gary Hoffman (Cello), Heiichiro Ohyama (Viola), André Previn (Piano),
Kim Young Uck (Violin)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1828-1830; Germany 

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