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Brahms Pianoquartets op.25 & 60

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1. Piano Quartet Op. 60 C minor - 1. Allegro non troppo
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2. Piano Quartet Op. 60 C minor - 2. Scherzo. Allegro
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4:11 $0.99
3. Piano Quartet Op. 60 C minor - 3. Andante
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4. Piano Quartet Op. 60 C minor - 4. Finale. Allegro commodo
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5. Piano Quartet Op. 25 G minor - 1. Allegro
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6. Piano Quartet Op. 25 G minor 2. Intermezzo. Allegro, ma non trop
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7. Piano Quartet Op. 25 G minor 3. Andante con moto
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8. Piano Quartet Op. 25 G minor 4. Rondo alla zingarese. Presto
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8:25 $0.99
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Album Notes
The piano quartet in g minor was completed in
the middle of the 1850’s but was not published
until 1863. It was premiered in Hungary with
the Grün Quartet in 1867 featuring Brahms at
the piano. It must have been much more
accessible to the audience than was the c
minor quartet, opus 60, premiered in Budapest
twelve years later, once again with Brahms at
the piano but this time with members of the
Krancsevics Quartet. The work is overshadowed
by dark clouds as the result of a painful
period in Brahms life. Brahms is reputed to
have harbored thoughts of suicide. The hopeless
love affair with Clara Schumann plays an
inspirational but also destructive role in this
work filled with the opposing forces of creative
energy and desperation. In this aura of chamber
musical pro and con one can see and hear
the unlikely opposition of the disagreeable
sounding quite agreeable in a work that was
made available for publication some 20 years
after its inception. Regarding the specific
history of the work it is worth citing the Hungarian
musicologist István Barna: "In 1856
Brahms showed the work to his friend Joachim
in its original form, i.e. without the scherzo and
in the key of c sharp minor. After hearing the
work Joachim agreed with Brahms that the
piece still needed to mature. At the same time,
however, Clara Schumann entered in her diary
that she liked the adagio movement. Brahms
repeatedly altered the work in fundamental
ways. He changed the key, inserted a scherzo
between the first two movements and wrote a
completely new finale.”



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These stunning performances of Brahms' piano quartets no. 25 and 60 are alive with energy, vitality and passion so much so that you can feel and sense the players' movements- you can vizualize the drawing of the bow across the strings with a large swoop of the arm, the dramatic octaves in the piano, the swaying and physical movement and back and forth rocking that would naturally take place as part of the ensemble communicating and interpreting this music. The recording brilliantly captures this sense of a live performance- the clarity and personal investment and palpable emotion. With the utmost conviction and strong delivery, this disc truly shines.

elisabeth Feiks

dramatic rich sound, thoroughly enjoyable, makes your day
this musical performance of these dramatic and romantic pieces, their rich sound and clarity, simply makes you feel happy and relaxed and thoroughly enjoy the music.