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Takacs Quartet Plays Schumann

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These magnificent Schumann performances, by some of the finest Hungarian musicians to emerge during the 1970s, illustrates perfectly why the music of the German master continues to fascinate just as it did at its nascence 175 years ago. Schumann's passionate and ambiguous nature is displayed in these works, which run the gamut of human emotion. Set off beautifully by popular works of Debussy and Bartok.

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  • Directors: János Darvas
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Classical, Color, NTSC
  • Language: English
  • Region: All Regions
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: EuroArts
  • DVD Release Date: August 28, 2012
  • Run Time: 109 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • ASIN: B008DWG0NI
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #210,428 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By I. Giles TOP 500 REVIEWER on January 27, 2013
The music on this disc was recorded in 1991 and has been remarkably well restored. The piano quintet opus 44 (wrongly described on the cover as Schumann's quintet no. 44!) is in widescreen format but the remainder are in 4:3 format. The imaging is crisp and of good colour particularly when the recording date/s are taken in consideration. The sound is in stereo but this is comparable with CDs of that period and should give that level of audio satisfaction. The musicians involved are all of known high calibre and give consistently excellent performances.The disc features two highly respected pianists and the renowned Takacs Quartet.

Zoltan Kocsis starts the disc with 3 pieces linked to the idea of children. The first is a fine performance of Kinderszenen which were descriptive pieces made up of images relating to childhood topics but intended for adults to play. These receive perceptive and finely drawn performances with the faster pieces being notable for crisp and energetic playing and the slower pieces played with great sensitivity. The dynamic and dramatic range of these pieces is refreshingly explored with all the spontaneity of fresh discovery.

Kocsis has previously received awards for his Debussy playing on CD. The performance of the Children's Corner Suite, another set intended for adults to play, receives a performance of that calibre. The same characteristics and care for detail that marked the Kinderszenen is readily apparent here and this is another fine set of performances.

Kocsis completes the solo element of his playing on this disc with music written by Bartok for children to play as studies. This music is based on Bartok's folk song collection and the selection here is known as 'For Children vol.1.
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