Robert Schumann CD Review
Robert Schumann: ( Part 1) Z6696
String Quartet Opus 41, No. 1 and No.2
Schumann String Quartet No.1 in a, 41, no.1 and No.3 in A, op.41, no.3 Arabesque Z6696
Perhaps the present offering by the Lark Quartet will win many converts to this splendid but surprisingly neglected music. It certainly should. I have been reading enthusiastic reviews of recitals and recordings by the Lark Quartet for many years, but this is the first time I have actually heard them. Apart from having the virtues one always desires in a string quartet, the group demonstrates here a fine sense of how Schumann’s challenging music should be played.
An exceptional recording by the Lark Quartet makes me doff my beret to this prolific creator of much more than keyboard music. The women of the Lark are performing String Quartets Nos. 1 and 3. They are scrumptious, the quartets themselves as much as the Lark’s execution and interpretation. For weeks, I’ve been slipping the CD into the stereo player, marveling at Schumann’s compelling kill in this medium. A personal approach without excess is what the Lark Quartet offers.
The Philadelphia Inquirer-October 1997