Schumann: Piano Quartet in E flat / Piano Quintet in E flat

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ROBERT SCHUMANN
Schumann: Piano Quartet in E flat / Piano Quintet in E flat
Alexander Melnikov (piano), Jerusalem Quartet

[ Harmonia Mundi / CD ]

Release Date: Thursday 10 May 2012

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"In the Russian pianist Alexander Melnikov they have a collaborator of rare musical intelligence as well as virtuosity. Another award contender? I guess so."
(Observer)

MARBECKS STAFF PICKS - 2012

"While the piano quartet has great vitality and charm, the quintet is on a different level of achievement: a fiendish pianistic challenge as well as a masterpiece of the genre... In the Russian pianist Alexander Melnikov they have a collaborator of rare musical intelligence as well as virtuosity. Another award contender? I guess so." (Observer)

"What makes [Melnikov's] playing so remarkable is an ability to achieve an ideal balance...Melnikov blends his tone to match exactly that of the strings...Naturally the Jerusalem Quartet is a hugely responsive partner in this process...With a recording that offers depth of sound and admirable clarity, Schumann's two chamber masterpieces are brilliantly served." (BBC Music Five Stars Chamber Choice July 2012)

"these performances are marked by great sensitivity and freshness as well as having a natural rhythmic flow that is by no means always the case in recordings of these two masterpieces...an immensely satisfying addition to the catalogue. A combination of ardour and control characterizes the supremly musical approach here, with extremely well-judged balance between piano and strings and a strong sense of direction." International Record Review

Tracks:

Piano Quartet in E flat major, Op. 47
Piano Quintet in E flat major, Op. 44