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Schumann: Piano Concerto, Etc / Pires, Abbado, Dumay, Et Al


Release Date: 05/09/2000 
Label:  Deutsche Grammophon   Catalog #: 463179   Spars Code: DDD 
Composer:  Robert Schumann
Performer:  Maria-Joao PiresJian WangAugustin DumayRenaud Capuçon,   ... 
Conductor:  Claudio Abbado
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Chamber Orchestra of Europe
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 1 Hours 2 Mins. 

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Notes and Editorial Reviews

Robert Schumann's Piano Concerto in A minor may perhaps be seen as the very embodiment of the Romantic concerto. It was, in fact, an attempt to break away from the virtuosic excesses Schumann found in many of his contemporary's works and achieve a special kind of symphonic-chamber music hybrid more attuned to quiet poetry than bombast.
Maria Joao Pires and Claudio Abbado bring the exquisite delicacies of the Concerto to the fore in this finely shaded performance, and, with the smaller forces of the Chamber Orchestra of Europe used, there is a sense of intimacy not found in other recordings. The E flat major Piano Quintet Op. 44, with its heroically striding opening and subsequent funeral march, is in many ways a more extroverted piece
Read more than the Concerto, but it displays the same mixture of concentrated motivic unity and sense of personal statement, all captured brilliantly here by Pires and company. Read less

Works on This Recording

1.
Concerto for Piano in A minor, Op. 54 by Robert Schumann
Performer:  Maria-Joao Pires (Piano)
Conductor:  Claudio Abbado
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Chamber Orchestra of Europe
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1841-1845; Germany 
2.
Quintet for Piano and Strings in E flat major, Op. 44 by Robert Schumann
Performer:  Jian Wang (Cello), Maria-Joao Pires (Piano), Augustin Dumay (Violin),
Renaud Capuçon (Violin), Gérard Caussé (Viola)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1842; Germany 

Sound Samples

Piano Concerto in A minor, Op.54: 1. Allegro affettuoso
Piano Concerto in A minor, Op.54: 2. Intermezzo (Andantino grazioso)
Piano Concerto in A minor, Op.54: 3. Allegro vivace
Piano Quintet in E flat, Op.44: 1. Allegro brillante
Piano Quintet in E flat, Op.44: 2. In modo d'una marcia (Un poco largamente)
Piano Quintet in E flat, Op.44: 3. Scherzo (Molto vivace)
Piano Quintet in E flat, Op.44: 4. Allegro, ma non troppo

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