The Irish Times - Friday - The Ticket - - MUSIC REVIEWS -

BENVENUE FORTEPIANO TRIO Jodi Le­vitz (vi­ola), Carla Moore (vi­olin) Schu­mann Pi­ano Quin­tet ★★★★ Avie AV 2365 Robert Schu­mann’s first 23 opus num­bers con­cen­trated on solo pi­ano mu­sic. He fol­lowed these with an out­pour­ing of more than a hun­dred songs, and then much shorter bursts of or­ches­tral and cham­ber mu­sic. This new disc cou­ples the big­gest of the cham­ber works, the mighty Pi­ano Quin­tet – which put the genre on the mu­si­cal map – and two later and rather less well-known works, the Stücke im Volk­ston for cello and pi­ano, and the

Märchen­bilder for vi­ola and pi­ano. The per­for­mances of these later pieces are im­pres­sive in the way they con­vey a sense of hav­ing all the time in the world to let the mu­sic speak; the lu­mi­nous ac­count of the quin­tet doesn’t have quite the same free­dom. MICHAEL DERVAN

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