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Schumann: Piano Quartets ()

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composed by Robert Schumann

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Schumann: Piano Quartets - Hariolf Schlichtig (viola); Trio Parnassus
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  1. Piano Quartet in E flat major, Op. 47
  2. Piano Quartet in C minor, WoO 32
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While it is always wonderful to have a recording of Schumann's early C minor Piano Quartet coupled with his mature E flat major Piano Quartet, the result of that coupling is usually only half a disc of listenable music. Because while the E flat major quartet is surely one of the masterpieces of the repertoire, the C minor quartet is, as its composer once sadly described it, "botched." The reason for this is straight-forward. The E flat quartet written when Schumann was 32 has the passion of youth joined with the technique ...