It would be impossible to listen to the forests conjured up by Brahms and Schumann’s heartrending dreaminess without feeling catapulted straight to the core of musical Europe. Such music could not have been born anywhere else. We might even say it speaks German.
Johannes BrahmsQuintetto in si minore per clarinetto e archi op. 115Robert SchumannQuartetto per archi in fa maggiore op. 41 n. 2