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Track Listing:

1
Mahler - Quartet in A minor for Piano, Violin, Viola, and Cello
2
Robert Schumann - Quartet in E-flat major for Piano, Violin, Viola, and Cello op. 47/1
3
Robert Schumann - Quartet in E-flat major for Piano, Violin, Viola, and Cello op. 47/2
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Robert Schumann - Quartet in E-flat major for Piano, Violin, Viola, and Cello op. 47/3
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Robert Schumann - Quartet in E-flat major for Piano, Violin, Viola, and Cello op. 47/4
6
Brahms - Quartet in G minor for Piano, Violin, Viola, and Cello op. 25/1
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Brahms - Quartet in G minor for Piano, Violin, Viola, and Cello op. 25/2
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Brahms - Quartet in G minor for Piano, Violin, Viola, and Cello op. 25/3
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Brahms - Quartet in G minor for Piano, Violin, Viola, and Cello op. 25/4

Daniel Hope-Paul Neubauer-David Finckel-Wu Han :

Piano Quartets


DEUTSCHE GRAMMOPHON PRESENTS PIANO QUARTETS

WORKS BY MAHLER, SCHUMANN & BRAHMS
WITH PIANIST WU HAN, VIOLINIST DANIEL HOPE, VIOLIST PAUL NEUBAUER & CELLIST DAVID FINCKEL

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.

The recording grew out of friendship as the four musicians know each other well, having played together many times over the years, and regularly meet up at each other's festivals. "You feel this unique atmosphere as soon as we walk into the rehearsal room," Daniel Hope says, "this happiness at being able to make music together and forge new frontiers – all that is only possible among friends." The musicians share the same sense of humor and a similar musical aesthetic. "Actually this is an encounter of four alpha musicians," Hope laughs, "but it's incredible to see how we all leave our egos at the door." For him, the sense of sharing ideas in such intimate surroundings is central to working on chamber music. "In this context, it's about always trying out new things, thinking the unthinkable and discovering something jointly. But it's also about taking risks, suddenly finding yourself at a dead end and having to jettison an idea."

In reviewing the concert in March, the New York Times stated, "The society's artistic co-directors, the cellist David Finckel and the pianist Wu Han, joined the violinist Daniel Hope and the violist Paul Neubauer in a performance of deep tenderness, passing the melody from one player to another with a sort of protective pride. When Mr. Neubauer took over the theme, Mr. Hope spun gossamer ornamental scales around it; for Mr. Finckel's late-movement solo, Ms. Wu created a piano sound so subtle that it registered only as a warm glow."