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Schumann: Piano Quintet Op. 44, Piano Quartet Op. 47


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listen  1. Schumann: Piano Quintet in E flat, Op.44 - 1. Allegro brillanteMenahem Pressler 8:56Album Only
listen  2. Schumann: Piano Quintet in E flat, Op.44 - 2. In modo d'una marcia (Un poco largamente)Menahem Pressler 8:54Album Only
listen  3. Schumann: Piano Quintet in E flat, Op.44 - 3. Scherzo (Molto vivace)Menahem Pressler 4:48$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  4. Schumann: Piano Quintet in E flat, Op.44 - 4. Allegro, ma non troppoMenahem Pressler 7:24Album Only
listen  5. Schumann: Piano Quartet in E flat, Op.47 - 1. Sostenuto assai - Allegro ma non troppoMenahem Pressler 8:45Album Only
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listen  7. Schumann: Piano Quartet in E flat, Op.47 - 3. Andante cantabileMenahem Pressler 7:12Album Only
listen  8. Schumann: Piano Quartet in E flat, Op.47 - 4. Finale (Vivace)Menahem Pressler 7:45Album Only

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  • Audio CD (January 23, 1996)
  • SPARS Code: DDD
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Deutsche Grammophon
  • ASIN: B000001GP3
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #19,248 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Schumann's Piano Quintet is one of the world's (and my) favorite pieces of chamber music. But the less-outgoing Piano Quartet eventually reveals its secrets, too, and it's another wonderful piece. These are fascinating performances. Menaham Pressler, on leave from the Beaux Arts Trio, blends his Old World charm with the New World energy of the Emerson Quartet. The result is a near-ideal balance of power and grace, and there is even some old-fashioned portamento (sliding between notes) to be heard in the strings. It's hard to think of anyone whose taste extends beyond the Baroque era who won't be pleased and moved by this disc. --Leslie Gerber

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Balance is excellent and DG's sound quality is first-rate.
Clement
Schumann's chamber music is a lot of his very best work, and the quintet and quartet -- both late works -- are both masterpieces of the highest order.
T Boyer
Pressler shows his usual warm, introspective playing, which fans of the Beaux Arts Trio have come to expect.
John Kwok

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42 of 44 people found the following review helpful By Clement on March 26, 2001
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The Emerson Quartet have shown that they are not only a great string quartet but can combine with an equally fine musician to produce an excellent recording of the Schumann Quintet and Piano Quartet. Their tempi are brisk but well thought out and their playing combines power and intensity with a quite outstanding lyricism and sense of the melodic line, particularly in the the slow movement of the Piano Quartet. Balance is excellent and DG's sound quality is first-rate. In particular, look out for the scherzo of the Piano Quintet, absolute military precision but a sense of Romantic freedom as well, a remarkable combination. This is a far better recording than the Entremont/Berg Quartet rendition and the Piano Quartet is a more carefully crafted reading than the Ames Piano Quartet. Thoroughly recommended!
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36 of 39 people found the following review helpful By John Kwok HALL OF FAMEVINE VOICE on November 27, 2001
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This is a magnificent collaboration between pianist Menachem Pressler and the Emerson String Quartet; an exceptional synthesis between his Old World graceful playing and the Emerson's New World brashness. Pressler shows his usual warm, introspective playing, which fans of the Beaux Arts Trio have come to expect. Meanwhile, the Emerson String Quartet plays with much empathy and lyricism in both scores. I doubt I have heard a better collaboration between a pianist and a string quartet; certainly there's none that's been as exquisitely recorded as this CD. Those looking for a definitive performance of these Schumann scores should look no further.
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21 of 27 people found the following review helpful By Kara Cerveny on January 9, 2007
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After hearing these pieces performed in a small concert hall in Berlin, my husband and I wanted to purchase a recording that would bring these vibrant Schumann pieces to life for us, again and again. In this high quality recording, the musicians play with a balance of technical skill with emotional sensitivity that transports the listener to another time and place where beautiful music reigns supreme.
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7 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Dermot Elworthy on January 1, 2008
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A cracking recording of a cracking performance!

The Menahem Pressler we have known and loved for so many years is on his usual form here. The Emersons, whose performances are not always as consistent as their reputation sometimes would have it, really are on song for this CD so it is a wonderful offering.

Both the Quintet and the Quartet represent Schumann at his best and most accomplished - they are extremely satisfying works.

This is a great CD -a "must have".
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By T Boyer on November 20, 2013
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Schumann's chamber music is a lot of his very best work, and the quintet and quartet -- both late works -- are both masterpieces of the highest order. The quintet is just a monumental joy to play and hear.

This Emerson recording is impeccable as the Emerson always is, and Pressler brings a lot of experience and good ideas. I do prefer slightly faster tempos than they use here, but to each his own.
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By Alan S. Pierpoint on August 29, 2013
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Outstanding recording of the piano quintet, maybe Schumann's best-loved chamber piece, plus a piano quartet to extend the pleasure. One more word required? Fine. It's terrific.
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