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Brahms: String Quartet, Op. 51/1; Piano Quintet, Op. 34 / Brodsky Quartet; Natacha Kudritskaya, piano

Album Summary

>Brahms, Johannes : Quartet for Strings no 1 in C minor, Op. 51/1
>Brahms, Johannes : Quintet for Piano and Strings in F minor, Op. 34
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Notes & Reviews:

This new release is the second volume of The Brodsky Quartet's exploration of the complete string quartets of Brahms. String Quartet Op 51 No. 1, which is featured on this recording, was published in 1873, and serves as evidence of the composer's desire to revive and reinvigorate the genre of the string quartet made famous by Mozart and Haydn's generation. Alongside the String Quartet, this release also features the Piano Quintet, Op 34. Ukrainian pianist Natacha Kudritskaya joins the ensemble for the Piano Quintet.

BBC Music Magazine, June 2016

Sunday Times, 17th April 2016

The Observer, 10th April 2016

BBC Music Magazine, June 2016
It's 0 to 100 in three seconds: from the first notes and initial crescendo of the Brahms Op. 51 No. 1, the Brodsky Quartet means serious business. All of this long-established ensemble's considerable prowess is brought to bear on the composer's turbulent chamber music: an enormous and remarkable intensity suffuses the atmosphere throughout. The result is inspiring, profoundly unsettling and a true visceral thrill.

Sunday Times, 17th April 2016
The Brodskys hold clarity and passion in fine balance in the C minor quartet, while in the thrilling F minor quintet, the Ukrainian pianist adds an effective bite to the often clamorous texture from the off.

The Observer, 10th April 2016
They excel in a wide range of repertoire, and this performance of the Brahms Piano Quintet...with the Ukrainian pianist Natacha Kudritskaya, is big-boned, impassioned and, especially in the Andante, warm and lyrical.

Gramophone Magazine, June 2016
These are performances that are not afraid to relax, which don't insist on maintaining constant tension to keep the pieces taut and together... the playing in the Quintet is similar and matched well by that of Natacha Kudritskaya, who plays very much as part of the team... it's an approach that makes a fascinating contrast to more conventionally forceful and richly drawn accounts.

Notes & Reviews:

Recording information: Potton Hall, Dunwich, Suffolk (09/08/2015-09/10/2015).



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>Brahms, Johannes : Quartet for Strings no 1 in C minor, Op. 51/1
  • Ensemble: Brodsky Quartet
  • Notes: Potton Hall, Dunwich, Suffolk (09/08/2015-09/10/2015)
  • Running Time: 33 min. 54 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Written: 1866-1873

>Brahms, Johannes : Quintet for Piano and Strings in F minor, Op. 34
  • Performer: Natacha Kudritskaya (Piano)
  • Notes: Potton Hall, Dunwich, Suffolk (09/08/2015-09/10/2015)
  • Running Time: 42 min. 32 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Form: Chamber Music
  • Written: 1861