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Brahms: Piano Quartets, complete (3) / Derek Han, piano; Isabelle Faust, violin; Bruno Giuranna, viola; Alain Meunier, cello

> Piano Quartet No. 2 in A Major, Op. 26 - I. Allegro non troppo
> Piano Quartet No. 2 in A Major, Op. 26 - II. Poco adagio
> Piano Quartet No. 2 in A Major, Op. 26 - III. Scherzo: Poco allegro
> Piano Quartet No. 2 in A Major, Op. 26 - IV. Finale: Allegro
> Piano Quartet No. 3 in C Minor, Op. 60 - I. Allegro ma non troppo
> Piano Quartet No. 3 in C Minor, Op. 60 - II. Scherzo: Allegro
> Piano Quartet No. 3 in C Minor, Op. 60 - III. Andante
> Piano Quartet No. 3 in C Minor, Op. 60 - IV. Allegro comodo

Album Summary

>Brahms, Johannes : Quartet for Piano and Strings no 1 in G minor, Op. 25
>Brahms, Johannes : Quartet for Piano and Strings no 3 in C minor, Op. 60
>Brahms, Johannes : Quartet for Piano and Strings no 2 in A major, Op. 26
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Notes & Reviews:

Though Brahms only composed three piano quartets in his long compositional life, all of the rare gems prove to be a window into his intricate and gorgeous style - each with its own distinct character. The quartet members offer unyieldingly intelligent, expansive performances across widely varied works, flitting through lithe folk dances and sweeping into operatic drama with skill and sensitivity. Reissue by popular demand.

American Record Guide, January/February 2013
These accomplished musicians reveal all that is grand and yet intimate in these works, consistently aware that this is chamber music and not chamber music trying to be something else. The balance among the instruments is all that could be desired and there is an attention to often dramatic dynamic contrasts without sacrificing any awareness of Brahms's organically unified structure. Han plays with a refined clarity, restraint, and structural understanding that characterizes his acclaimed recordings of Mozart and owes much to his studies with Gina Bachauer and Lili Kraus.



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>Brahms, Johannes : Quartet for Piano and Strings no 1 in G minor, Op. 25
  • Performers: Derek Han (Piano); Bruno Giuranna (Viola); Alain Meunier (Cello); Isabelle Faust (Violin)
  • Notes: Salle de la Fondation Tibor Varga, Sion, Switzerland (08/21/1996-08/24/1996)
  • Running Time: 38 min. 45 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Form: Chamber Music
  • Written: 1861

>Brahms, Johannes : Quartet for Piano and Strings no 3 in C minor, Op. 60
  • Performers: Derek Han (Piano); Bruno Giuranna (Viola); Alain Meunier (Cello); Isabelle Faust (Violin)
  • Notes: Salle de la Fondation Tibor Varga, Sion, Switzerland (08/21/1996-08/24/1996)
  • Running Time: 33 min. 8 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Form: Chamber Music
  • Written: 1875

>Brahms, Johannes : Quartet for Piano and Strings no 2 in A major, Op. 26
  • Performers: Derek Han (Piano); Bruno Giuranna (Viola); Alain Meunier (Cello); Isabelle Faust (Violin)
  • Notes: Salle de la Fondation Tibor Varga, Sion, Switzerland (08/21/1996-08/24/1996)
  • Running Time: 45 min. 30 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Form: Chamber Music
  • Written: 1861