Schumann - String Quartets

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Schumann - String Quartets

Emerson String Quartet

£10.95

They may not be the best-known works in the chamber repertoire, but Schumannís three string quartets, written in a remarkable seven-week period in the summer of 1842, are real gems. They are among his first efforts to confront head-on the larger sonata-form structures that, until then, he had largely avoided with his natural preference for small forms: songs and cycles of piano miniatures. Yet they amount to much more than just preparatory work for the miraculous Piano Quintet and Piano Quartet that followed swiftly in their wake. Complete reco... read more

They may not be the best-known works in the chamber repertoire, but Schumannís three string quartets, written in a remarkable seven-week period in the summer of 1842, are real gems. They are among his first efforts to confront head-on the larger sona... read more

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