Demand for piano duet material in the nineteenth century was such that the market expanded to an unparalleled extent. The preparation of an easily playable four-hand piano reduction was of critical importance to a work’s dissemination and Robert Schumann, himself a keen duet performer, wrote for the medium with enthusiasm. He arranged his Symphony No. 2 himself, aided by his wife Clara, expending considerable time and effort on the work. The overtures show the variety of arrangers involved, such as his brother-in-law Woldemar Bargiel and the organist Robert Pfretzschner, both of whom Schumann held in the highest regard.
Eckerle Piano Duo (Mariko Eckerle and Volker Eckerle)
Schumann: Symphony No. 2 in C major, Op. 61 for piano duo
Konzertstück for four horns, Op. 86
Overture to Shakespeare's Julius Caesar, Op. 128