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Brahms: Quartets, etc / Fleisher, Emerson String Quartet

Album Summary

>Brahms, Johannes : Quartet for Strings no 1 in C minor, Op. 51/1
>Brahms, Johannes : Quartet for Strings no 2 in A minor, Op. 51/2
>Brahms, Johannes : Quartet for Strings no 3 in B flat major, Op. 67
>Brahms, Johannes : Quintet for Piano and Strings in F minor, Op. 34
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Notes & Reviews:

"Rich, warm, ripe, and full of wisdom, the Emerson Quartet's 2007 recording of Brahms' three string quartets for Deutsche Grammophon is not only the finest recording of the group's 30-year career, but the recording that confirms its title as America's Greatest Quartet. Here, the Emerson's mastery of ensemble playing is complete. With its easy interplay, impeccable balances, and effortless tempo rubato, the Emerson has the vital cogency of a great jazz quartet. Beyond the technical, the Emerson's wholly unified interpretations are overwhelming." -All Music Guide

BBC Music Magazine
When you have an intelligent, technically almost superhuman ensemble like the Emerson Quartet, playing with obvious feeling for the music, reservations about quartet-style fly out of the window.

Gramophone Magazine
Technical finesse has always been a given with this group, and as ever their playing has a sureness and ease that leaves most ensembles behind. Their reading of the ebullient Third Quartet is particularly fine, with the leader imbuing the ravishing second-movement melody with teasing little portamenti. And in the finale, lyricism is combined with an infectious élan.



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>Brahms, Johannes : Quartet for Strings no 1 in C minor, Op. 51/1
  • Running Time: 30 min. 23 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Written: 1866-1873

>Brahms, Johannes : Quartet for Strings no 2 in A minor, Op. 51/2
  • Running Time: 31 min. 57 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Written: 1865

>Brahms, Johannes : Quartet for Strings no 3 in B flat major, Op. 67
  • Running Time: 32 min. 59 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Written: 1876

>Brahms, Johannes : Quintet for Piano and Strings in F minor, Op. 34
  • Performer: Leon Fleisher (Piano)
  • Running Time: 44 min. 32 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Form: Chamber Music
  • Written: 1861