I was very hopeful when this release arrived in the mail. The Auryn Quartet is one of my favorites, and I will stack its ongoing Haydn series up against any on the market. Its range is also quite extensive, currently covering more than 150 quartets, including a cycle of Beethoven, though the performances have received mixed reviews in Fanfare.
This coupling of Schumann’s two most popular piano chamber pieces is in every way a winner. The quintet reminds me of the EMI Argerich and friends recording in its energy and determined propulsion through the bookend movements, while the mysterious and tragic slow movement gets a wonderfully lyrical reading that perhaps betrays some of the more funereal aspects of the score. The Scherzo is furious and scampering, exactly the way it should be. (...)
Steven E. Ritter

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