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Hope | Han | Neubauer | Finckel - Piano Quintets and Quartets / The Telegraph review

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This recording of piano quintets and quartets of Mahler, Schumann and Brahms by Daniel Hope, pianist Wu Han, viola-player Paul Neubauer and cellist David Finckel shows an impressive ardour.

Mahler's A minor Piano Quartet is an apprentice work composed when he was still in his late teens, but it sits well with the quartets of Schumann and Brahms, whose influences Mahler had clearly absorbed.

Is there a recognisably Mahlerian voice coming through the music? Probably not, if you take the fraught language of the symphonies and song cycles as a benchmark, but the quartet is a work written with tremendous confidence and romantic passion, breathing melancholy, angst and tender resignation in equal measure.  READ THE FULL Telegraph REVIEW