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James Harrington
American Record Guide, March 2013

The wonderful disc is the first of a seven-volume series that will include all of Schumann’s orchestral works arranged for piano duet.

Based on the Eckerle’s musical playing and perfect ensemble, this is a notable first volume and will keep me on the lookout for more in the series.

The duet version is commendable in its handling of many voices that lie on top of each other.

All told, we have a great beginning to a series that I will watch for in the future. © 2013 American Record Guide Read complete review on American Record Guide

Raymond Tuttle
Fanfare, March 2013

Sitting side by side must come naturally to the Eckerle Piano Duo…Naxos’s Brahms discs were entrusted to Silke Thora-Matthies and Christian Köhn, who achieved the most professional results. The Eckerles are similarly polished and, if anything, more imaginative, although there’s an air of comfortable domesticity to these performances that suits these arrangements well. This is not wild Schumann, but especially in the String Quartet No. 3, it’s Schumann the devoted husband and father. It’s charming, affectionate stuff. Perhaps this is “only” a curiosity, but it’s extremely well done, and I will be looking forward to subsequent volumes, which I believe will include arrangements of all four symphonies. © Fanfare Read complete review

David Denton
David's Review Corner, November 2012

Piano arrangements were the only way that innumerable people came to know much of the chamber and orchestral works written prior to the 20th century. That beggars the question as to whether the composers who made, or encouraged, such arrangements, would have wanted them played and performed now that we have such easy access to the original works. So far as the present disc is concerned, both of the arrangements have an original stamp of approval, the composer having been involved in this version of the String Quartet, with his wife responsible for the transcription of the Piano Quintet. The German-based husband and wife duo, who came together in 2006, make as much of a case for both works as they will probably receive. The playing is suitably transparent and technically efficient, and from here they are scheduled to place on disc arrangements of Schumann’s entire orchestral works. © 2012 David’s Review Corner

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