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Finely Judged

Brahms and Schumann
piano quartets -
heard by
ROBERT ANDERSON

'This is music-making both sensitive and relaxed.'

Eaken Trio + 1 : Schumann and Brahms Piano Quartets. © 2010 Con Brio Recordings

Amid the Romantic generosity of the Schumann Quartet, it is easy to forget the composer's devotion to the music of Bach. He considered that 'What art owes to Bach is to the musical world hardly less than what a religion owes to its founder.' Bach was Schumann's daily bread and his holy bible. It was typical of him that he should consider the fugues of the '48' to be character sketches, but the contrapuntal skill he developed from study of the Leipzig cantor is nowhere expressed with more bravura than in the finale of Op 47.It was first performed in May 1938 by the Los Angeles Philharmonic under Otto Klemperer...

Copyright © 31 July 2010 Robert Anderson,
London UK

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CD INFORMATION: EAKEN TRIO + 1

JOHANNES BRAHMS

ROBERT SCHUMANN

CHAMBER MUSIC

GERMANY

UNITED STATES OF AMERICA

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