This disc contains four delightful and original compositions by Schumann which are rarely performed.
I will describe them in the order they appear on the disc:
1. Andante and Variations for two pianos, two cellos and horn. (just under 20 minutes).
This was completed in 1843 but published posthumously, by Brahms, in 1893.
It opens in sombre mood with pianos and cellos dominant but the 1st and 3rd variations are vigorous
allegros where the horn makes significant contributions. There is a most delightful passage between
10 and 13 minutes where the horn's interjections are like a series of good-natured hunting calls.
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