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Schumann: Complete Piano Trios Vol 2 / Trio Parnassus

Release Date: 08/22/2000 
Label:  Md&g (Dabringhaus & Grimm) Gold Catalog #: 3030922   Spars Code: DDD 
Composer:  Robert Schumann
Performer:  Wolfgang SchröderMichael GrossChia Chou
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Parnassus Trio
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 1 Hours 13 Mins. 

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Notes and Editorial Reviews

In its second volume of Schumann's complete piano trios, the Trio Parnassus gives impassioned, sharp-witted performances of three of Schumann's lesser-known (and, by some reckonings, just plain lesser) works. The two piano trios in particular often come in for abuse, judged as they are against his first composition in the genre (the D minor trio Op. 63). It's true that these two works meander here and there--economy wasn't exactly Schumann's strongest suit--but the composer couldn't ask for better champions than the members of the Parnassus. These players give warm, energetic performances that manage to keep the action going, which is no small feat.

How odd it is that another recent recording of the third trio (with
Read more fine performances by the Vienna Brahms Trio on Naxos) also includes the Sechs Stücke in kanonischer Form Op. 56. It's very much a rarity, originally composed for pedal piano. (Do I detect a mini-fad bubbling just below ground?) It's an attractive, if still underappreciated work, and the Trio Parnassus, with its intelligent and acute approach, makes the most of the piece's contrapuntal lines. MDG lives up to its famed audio quality with a winningly natural sound.
--Anastasia Tsioulcas, ClassicsToday.com Read less

Works on This Recording

Trio for Piano and Strings no 2 in F major, Op. 80 by Robert Schumann
Performer:  Wolfgang Schröder (Violin), Michael Gross (Cello), Chia Chou (Piano)
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Parnassus Trio
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1847; Germany 
Trio for Piano and Strings no 3 in G minor, Op. 110 by Robert Schumann
Performer:  Michael Gross (Cello), Wolfgang Schröder (Violin), Chia Chou (Piano)
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Parnassus Trio
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1851; Germany 
Etudes (6) in Canon Form for Pedal Piano, Op. 56 by Robert Schumann
Performer:  Chia Chou (Piano), Michael Gross (Cello), Wolfgang Schröder (Violin)
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Parnassus Trio
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1845; Germany 
Notes: Arranged: Theodor Kirchner 

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