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JOHANNES BRAHMS - CHAMBER MUSIC
The Schubert Ensemble & William Howard

 

 

 
1. Brahms, Johannes [15:40]
Piano Quintet in F minor (i) Allegro non troppo

2. Brahms, Johannes [8:42]
Piano Quintet in F minor (ii) Andante un poco adagio

3. Brahms, Johannes [7:39]
Piano Quintet in F minor (iii) Scherzo Allegro

4. Brahms, Johannes [10:52]
Piano Quintet in F minor (iv) Finale

5. Brahms, Johannes [4.42]
Three Intermezzi Op 117 (i) E flat major

6. Brahms, Johannes [4:16]
Three Intermezzi Op 117 (ii) B flat minor

7. Brahms, Johannes [6:25]
Three Intermezzi Op 117 (iii) C sharp minor

8. Brahms, Johannes [5:54]
Intermezzo Op. 118 No. 2 in A major

Artist(s):
William Howard, piano
The Schubert Ensemble,

Johannes Brahms
Piano Quintet in F minor, Op. 34
Three Intermezzi, Op. 117
Intermezzo in A, Op. 118 No. 2

�As with so much in Brahms' life, the genesis of his Piano Quintet, op.34, was fraught with indecision and introspection...� Brahms first wrote this work scored for string quintet, and after taking to heart criticism from Joachim, he not only re-scored the work for two pianos, but destroyed the original string quintet manuscript. Published in 1874, this new du version was not without problems, and it was Clara Schumann who pointed these out, causing Brahms to set about re-arranging the music once more, this time for piano quintet.

This was no simple re-scoring, for the piano quintet medium has unique demands, but, at last, �Brahms had found the medium through which his material could speak most eloquently.� It is the quintet in this final guise that we know it best, and that the Schubert Ensemble deliver here on this recording in an assured and expressive performance, allowing the sophisticated detail of Brahms' writing to throw us into the depths of emotion he conjures up.


 

 


�As with so much in Brahms' life, the genesis of his Piano Quintet, op.34, was fraught with indecision and introspection...� Brahms first wrote this work scored for string quintet, and after taking to heart criticism from Joachim, he not only re-scored the work for two pianos, but destroyed the original string quintet manuscript. Published in 1874, this new du version was not without problems, and it was Clara Schumann who pointed these out, causing Brahms to set about re-arranging the music once more, this time for piano quintet.

This was no simple re-scoring, for the piano quintet medium has unique demands, but, at last, �Brahms had found the medium through which his material could speak most eloquently.� It is the quintet in this final guise that we know it best, and that the Schubert Ensemble deliver here on this recording in an assured and expressive performance, allowing the sophisticated detail of Brahms' writing to throw us into the depths of emotion he conjures up.


“Played with energy and flair.”
Gavin Engelbrecht, The Northern Echo

“The real joy in the disc, however, lies in the etceteras: Howard's beautifully paced and non- indulgent accounts of the three opus 117 Intermezzi and the second from the opus 118 set - more than mere fillers.”
Michael Tumelty, The Sunday Herald

“It is one terrific recording”
Hank Zauderer, My Classical Notes

“They capture perfectly the majesty of the Piano Quintet in F minor, from the first few bars of its imposing opening theme, lending a sonorous beauty to the delicate andante, and storming through the tumultuous finale.”
Stephen Pritchard, The Guardian

“The Schubert Ensemble again demonstrate their devotion to the masterworks of 19th-century chamber music with this recording of Brahms’s Piano Quintet”
David Threasher, Gramophone

   
   

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