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Written in his “Year of Chamber Music” of 1842, the Piano Quartet in E flat major remains one of Schumann’s sunniest and most popular chamber works.

Characteristic of the chamber music style, each of the four movements are tied together by subtle, yet tantalising, thematic construction. Performed with equal interplay between each instrument, this is highlighted in a manic, dance-like Scherzo movement, and culminates in the expansive climax of the Finale.

Paired with Mahler’s Piano Quartet in A minor –unfinished, yet his only surviving chamber piece – this concert illustrates the emotional highs and lows of the Romantic period.

Other events in the A Little Lunch Music series:

Brahms Horn Trio – Wed 13 Jan 12.30pm
An Enchanted Afternoon – Tue 16 Feb 12.30pm
Figaro for Winds - Australian National Academy of Music – Thu 25 Mar 12.30pm
Carnival of the Animals – Tue 20 Apr 12.30pm
The James Morrison Quartet – Tue 15 Jun 12.30pm
Jacqui Dark is Alive and Well Living in Newtown – Tue 20 Jul 12.30pm
Ensemble Apex – Thu 5 Aug 12.30pm
Slava and Sharon Grigoryan - Our Place – Mon 20 Sep 12.30pm
Joseph and James Tawadros - Music of the Oud – Tue 19 Oct 12.30pm
The Kate Wadey Quartet – Tue 23 Nov 12.30pm
A Spotless Rose - Sydney Philharmonia Chamber Choir – Thu 16 Dec 12.30pm   

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  • Schumann
    Piano Quartet in E flat major, Op.47
    Piano Quartet in A minor

  • Andrew Haveron
    Tobias Breider
    Teije Hylkema
    Kathy Selby