Daniel Hope-Paul Neubauer-David Finckel-Wu Han: Bio
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The Chamber Music Society presents a bold, lush program of Romantic Piano Quartets on a new Deutsche Grammophon recording and tour of North America. A stellar cast, pianist Wu Han, violinist Daniel Hope, violist Paul Neubauer and cellist David Finckel, unite for Mahler's Piano Quartet in A minor; Schumann's Piano Quartet in E-flat major, op. 47; & Brahms's Piano Quartet No. 1 in G minor, op. 25. New York performances of this program on March 1 and 3 were recorded live and masterfully engineered by Grammy Award winner Da-Hong Seeto. The album will be made available on-site at tour venues, and the artists will be on hand to sign copies following performances.
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The piano quartet is perhaps the ultimate 19th century Germanic chamber form, famously tackled by Brahms and Schumann, as well as Mendelssohn and Saint-Saens. Sometimes ignored is Mahler's Piano Quartet, a youthful and aborted work that sounds far more polite than his tumultuous symphonies and fraught song cycles. But the teenaged work contains plenty of inspired moments and it sits well alongside the quartets of Schumann and Brahms. Here it's given a confident and expressive performance by the violinist Daniel Hope, violist Paul Neubauer, cellist David Finckel and pianist Wu Han (the latter two artists being artistic directors of the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center).
Schumann's E-flat major Quartet shows the group's finely-etched sense of interplay, tossing phrases back and forth with care and nuance, particularly in the driven finale. Similarly, the musicians capture the brooding qualities of the Brahms quartet, right through to the gypsy-styled Rondo alla zingarese.
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Daniel Hope (violin) Paul Neubauer (viola) David Finckel (cello) Wu Han (piano)
Brahms: Piano Quartet no.1 in G minor op.25.
Mahler: Piano Quartet in A minor.
Schumann: Piano Quartet in E flat major op.47
The piano quartet genre belongs to the 19th century, with outliers from Mozart and Enescu. At its heart beats the Romantic German language of barely contained passion exemplified by these three works, which demand more of a soloistic approach than the binary opposition of quartet-plus-keyboard inherent to the piano quintet. In these unbuttoned live performances, trading off the energy from an attentive Lincoln Center audience, that's exactly what they get.
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This recording of piano quintets and quartets of Mahler, Schumann and Brahms by Daniel Hope, pianist Wu Han, viola-player Paul Neubauer and cellist David Finckel shows an impressive ardour.
Mahler's A minor Piano Quartet is an apprentice work composed when he was still in his late teens, but it sits well with the quartets of Schumann and Brahms, whose influences Mahler had clearly absorbed.
Is there a recognisably Mahlerian voice coming through the music? Probably not, if you take the fraught language of the symphonies and song cycles as a benchmark, but the quartet is a work written with tremendous confidence and romantic passion, breathing melancholy, angst and tender resignation in equal measure. READ THE FULL Telegraph REVIEW
The Chamber Music Society presents a bold, lush program of Romantic Piano Quartets on a new Deutsche Grammophon recording and tour of North America. A stellar cast, pianist Wu Han, violinist Daniel Hope, violist Paul Neubauer and cellist David Finckel, unite for Mahler's Piano Quartet in A minor; Schumann's Piano Quartet in E-flat major, op. 47; & Brahms's Piano Quartet No. 1 in G minor, op. 25.
Hope, Neubauer, Finckel, and Han journey into this collection of piano quartets by these three German Romantic composers. Each of these musical conversations exemplifies both the ever-intellectual German Romanticism zeitgeist and the endless possibilities in which instruments may interact with one another.
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This recording grew out of the friendship between four musicians, who have played together many times over the years and regularly meet up at each other's festivals. Wu Han, Daniel Hope, Paul Neubauer and David Finckel present a program of three Romantic piano quartets, with works by Mahler, Schumann and Brahms. The performances were recorded live in March 2015 at the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center in New York.
The Mahler: Piano Quartet in A minor (11:38) by Daniel Hope, violin; Paul Neubauer, viola; David Finckel, cello; Wu Han, piano is a WFMT: Chicago - New Release Of the Week