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Brahms: Quintet for Strings in F minor; Piano Trio in A / Amati Chamber Players 'Brahms Rediscovered'

Album Summary

>Brahms, Johannes : Quintet for Piano and Strings in F minor, Op. 34
>Brahms, Johannes : Trio for Piano and Strings in A major
Ensemble Composer

Notes & Reviews:

This recording calls us to judgment in two quite different ways. In the case of the Quintet, the questions are - why did Brahms decide to rework this composition for other forces and destroy his original version; and what is it about the relationship between the musical substance and the uniform string tone which might be regarded as a mismatch? In the case of the Piano Trio, on the other hand, we have a work whose authenticity cannot today be proved or disproved by documentary means, a work therefore which invites us to form views on stylistic matters - on the quality of ideas and treatments, on how characteristic these are of Brahms and of other composers around him.

Fascinating issue of work by Brahms. We know that Brahms originally conceived of this work as a string quintet, but we only know it now as the piano quintet that he later arranged it as. The original version for strings only has been lost, and this is a brilliant modern realization of it by Sebastian Brown. The Piano Trio is an unsigned manuscript that has evidence to suggest that it might be a very early work by an 18 year old Brahms.



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>Brahms, Johannes : Quintet for Piano and Strings in F minor, Op. 34
  • Ensemble: Amati Chamber Ensemble (Maastricht)
  • Running Time: 42 min. sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Written: 08/1862

>Brahms, Johannes : Trio for Piano and Strings in A major
  • Ensemble: Amati Chamber Ensemble (Maastricht)
  • Running Time: 36 min. 12 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Written: 1856