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Brahms: Piano Quintet/ Three Intermezzi/Intermezzo

The Classical Shop
release date: September 2010

Originally recorded in 2010

Artists:

William Howard

piano

Schubert Ensemble



Venue:

Music Room, Champs Hill, West Sussex



Producer:

Chris Craker

(tracks 1-4)

David Lefeber

(tracks 5-8)

Engineer:

John Timperley

(tracks 1-4)

David Lefeber

(tracks 5-8)

Record Label
Champs Hill

Genre:

Chamber




Total Time - 64:10
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JOHANNES BRAHMS

(1833-1897)
   
 

Piano Quintet in F minor, Op. 34

42:13  
1 Allegro non troppo 15:40
2 Andante, un poco adagio 8:42
3 Scherzo: Allegro 7:39
4 Finale: Poco sostenuto - Allegro non troppo - Presto, non troppo 10:52
   
 

Three Intermezzi, Op. 117

15:23  
5 Intermezzo No. 1 in E flat major 4:42
6 Intermezzo No. 2 in B flat minor 4:16
7 Intermezzo No. 3 in C sharp minor 6:25
   
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Intermezzo, Op. 118, No. 2 in A major

5:54


Brahms - The Schubert Ensemble

"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 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 qunitet 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.

Brahms was a master of delivering emotional impact, even in short works, and the Quintet is accompanied on this recording by four short, solo piano works whicch amply demoinstrate this capability. Performed by the Schubert Ensemble’s founder and pianist, William Howard, the rythmic and textural complexity of these pieces is remarkable.
 

   "A discursive and touching approach to one of Brahms’s great chamber works."

David Threasher

Gramophone - December 2010



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