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András Schiff / Members Of The New Vienna Octet / Takács Quartet

Brahms: Clarinet Trio; Horn Trio; Variations On A Theme Of Schumann; Piano Quintet; Clarinet Quintet (2CD)

This collection of five of Brahms's chamber music masterpieces includes four with piano and all of these feature the supreme artistry of Andras Schiff. Both the quintets - for clarinet and for piano - are included; the recording of the Clarinet Quintet with Peter Schmidl and members of the New Vienna Octet, receives its first release on CD. The rarest of the chamber works on this collection is the set of Variations on a Theme of Robert Schumann.

Composed in 1854 for piano four-hands, Brahms's biographer Malcolm MacDonald called it a 'special act of solace' for Clara Schumann, to whom they were dedicated. In fact, the title page reads, 'Minor Variations on a Theme by Him, Dedicated to Her'. Here, Schiff is joined by his Hungarian compatriot Sir Georg Solti, at the piano. Also representing Hungary on this collection is the Takacs Quartet.


Clarinet Trio in A minor, Op. 114

András Schiff, piano
Peter Schmidl, clarinet
Friedrich Dolezal, cello


Horn Trio in E flat major, Op. 40

András Schiff, piano
Günther Högner, horn
Erich Binder, violin


Variations for 4 hands on a theme by Schumann, Op. 23

András Schiff, piano
Georg Solti, piano


Piano Quintet in F minor, Op. 34

András Schiff, piano
Takács Quartet


Clarinet Quintet in B minor, Op. 115

Peter Schmidl, clarinet
Members of the New Vienna Octet