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SCHUMANN, R.: Arrangements for Piano Duet, Vol. 1 (Eckerle Piano Duo) - String Quartet No. 3 / Piano Quintet

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release date: December 2012

Originally recorded in 2012


Eckerle Piano Duo


Eckerle Piano Duo


Stadthalle Ettlingen, Baden-Wurttemberg, Germany

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Total Time - 65:39
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SCHUMANN, R.: Arrangements for Piano Duet, Vol. 1 (Eckerle Piano Duo) - String Quartet No. 3 / Piano Quintet

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String Quartet No. 3 in A major, Op. 41, No. 3 (arr. O. Dresel for piano duet)

1 I. Andante espressivo - Allegro molto moderato 7:47


2 II. Assai agitato - Un poco adagio - Tempo risoluto 7:29
3 III. Adagio molto 9:02
4 IV. Finale: Allegro molto vivace 8:38



Piano Quintet in E flat major, Op. 44 (arr. C. Schumann)

5 I. Allegro brillante 9:32
6 II. In modo d'una marcia. Un poco largamente 9:56
7 III. Scherzo: Molto vivace 5:10
8 IV. Finale: Allegro ma non troppo 8:05
  Eckerle Piano Duo Ensemble

Piano arrangements were the main way for people to become acquainted with concert repertoire in Schumann’s day, and publishers ensured that the huge demand for such versions was met. Otto Dresel’s arrangement of the String Quartet, Op 41, No 3 was approved by the composer. Clara Schumann was dedicatee and soloist for the Piano Quintet, Op 44, and she was able to draw on her intimate knowledge of her husband’s work to make her own highly effective arrangement. This is the first of seven volumes including Schumann’s entire orchestral works arranged for piano duet.

"Sitting side by side must come naturally to the Eckerle Piano Duo…Naxos’s Brahms discs were entrusted to Silke Thora-Matthies and Christian Köhn, who achieved the most professional results. The Eckerles are similarly polished and, if anything, more imaginative, although there’s an air of comfortable domesticity to these performances that suits these arrangements well. This is not wild Schumann, but especially in the String Quartet No. 3, it’s Schumann the devoted husband and father. It’s charming, affectionate stuff. Perhaps this is “only” a curiosity, but it’s extremely well done, and I will be looking forward to subsequent volumes, which I believe will include arrangements of all four symphonies."
Raymond Tuttle - Fanfare - March 2013

 "The wonderful disc is the first of a seven volume series that will include all of Schumann’s orchestral work arranged for piano duet... All told, we have a great beginning to a series that I will watch for in the furture."

James Harrington - American Record Guide - March/April 2013

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