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Brahms: Piano Quartet Op. 25 - Orch. by Schönberg / Netherlands PO; Marc Albrecht

Album Summary

>Brahms, Johannes : Quartet for Piano and Strings no 2 in A major, Op. 26
>Schoenberg, Arnold : Incidental Music to a Motion Picture Scene, Op. 34
Conductor Ensembles Composers

Notes & Reviews:

Arnold Schönberg considered it vitally important to study the techniques of other composers in order to penetrate more deeply into the true content of the music - believing the best way to do this was by arranging the original compositions. And so between May and Sept. 1937 Schönberg penned an orchestral version of Johannes Brahms' Piano Quartet in G minor for reasons both personal and practical. His 'Accompaniment to a cinematic scene' was premiered in 1930 without an accompanying film due to its non-adaptability. Three filmmakers rectified this situation in the early 1970s.

Gramophone Magazine, September 2015
Marc Albrecht cultivates an orchestral blend plausibly akin to something Brahms might have done with the piece... [his] tempi honour the scale of the original, the rhythms are nicely sprung and he uses the orchestration to mould the contrasting themes of each movement more than exaggerated shifts and transitions between them.

Notes & Reviews:

Recording information: NedPho-Koepel in Amsterdam, The Netherlands (08/2014).



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>Brahms, Johannes : Quartet for Piano and Strings no 2 in A major, Op. 26
  • Conductor: Marc Albrecht
  • Ensemble: Netherlands Philharmonic Orchestra
  • Running Time: 41 min. 22 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Form: Chamber Music
  • Written: 1861

>Schoenberg, Arnold : Incidental Music to a Motion Picture Scene, Op. 34
  • Conductor: Marc Albrecht
  • Running Time: 8 min. 59 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Form: Film Score