Recording: Schumann Op. 41 #3, and Piano Quintet Op. 44

The Observer
By Fiona Maddocks

Schumann's gift for writing piano music or voice didn't so naturally extend to chamber music and he hesitated before venturing into the form. Yet his virtuosic Piano Quintet is one of the glories of the repertoire. The soaring opening theme, quickly evolving into a tender cello melody, sets the mood of extrovert confidence, an emotion by no means typical of this troubled composer. The Takács and Hamelin, at once delicate and muscular, combine to spellbinding effect. The earlier String Quartet Op. 41 No. 3 is played with wistful tenderness.

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