In the autumn of 1842, Robert Schumann composed two works of chamber music, each of which would become a giant of the repertoire: the Piano Quartet and Piano Quintet, both in E-flat major: "twin" works, in a sense, but also quite different. While the quartet makes each of the four instruments equal participants in the dialogue, the quintet (one of Schumann's most celebrated works, a masterpiece of Romanticism that revolutionized writing for this arrangement of instruments) is nearly a concerto with small orchestra, so predominant is the piano's role.
Throughout this concert recorded in 2008 at the Louisiana Museum of Modern Art near Copenhagen, Denmark, five briliant artists convened to interpret these two monuments of Romantic chamber repertoire: Daishin Kashimoto and Guy Braunstein on the violin, violist Lise Berthaud, cellist François Salque, and finally, on the piano—in the place of the great Clara Schumann, virtuoso and muse of the composer—the marvelous Eric Le Sage.
At the Teatro Colón
Recorded at the Paris Salle Pleyel – Long version