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Brahms, Schumann: Piano Quintets / Andsnes, Artemis Quartet


Release Date: 09/18/2007 
Label:  Virgin Classics   Catalog #: 95143   Spars Code: n/a 
Composer:  Robert SchumannJohannes Brahms
Performer:  Leif Ove Andsnes
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Artemis String Quartet
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 1 Hours 9 Mins. 

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Notes and Editorial Reviews

The ‘A’ team of Andsnes and the Artemis are front-runners in these great works

Leif Ove Andsnes has an uncanny knack of revealing the inner truth of the music he plays without recourse to excessive gimmickry. He also has exquisite taste when it comes to choosing his chamber music collaborators, as this pairing of the two cornerstones of the piano quintet repertoire demonstrates.

Schumann’s Quintet has become the most famous of his chamber works, with its boundless energy and melodic generosity. Andsnes and the Artemis approach the work without the delirious fantasy of Martha Argerich’s nearly-all-star recording (EMI, 1/96R) but instead let the notes speak for themselves, never lingering too lovingly on
Read more mere details. It’s an approach that serves the work well, and an ideal instrumental balance helps illuminate the work’s compelling textures throughout.

It’s a similar story in the Brahms Quintet. Andsnes and the Artemis are alive to all the possibilities in the pregnant opening phrases of each movement and maintain the intensity of the impetuous passion implicit in this youthful music. The Brahms hasn’t fared as well on disc as the Schumann and this recording of it can certainly take its place among the finest. As for the Schumann, it’s up there; but you’ll have to wait a couple of issues for my Collection on the work’s 40-plus recordings to see if it’s the library choice.

-- David Threasher, Gramophone
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Works on This Recording

1. Quintet for Piano and Strings in E flat major, Op. 44 by Robert Schumann
Performer:  Leif Ove Andsnes (Piano)
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Artemis String Quartet
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1842; Germany 
2. Quintet for Piano and Strings in F minor, Op. 34 by Johannes Brahms
Performer:  Leif Ove Andsnes (Piano)
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Artemis String Quartet
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1861-1864; Austria 

Featured Sound Samples

Piano Quintet (Schumann): I. Allegro brillante
Piano Quintet (Schumann): III. Scherzo: Molto vivace
Piano Quintet (Brahms): I. Allegro non troppo
Piano Quintet (Brahms): IV. Finale

Sound Samples

Piano Quintet in E flat major Op. 44: I. Allegro brillante
Piano Quintet in E flat major Op. 44: II. In modo d'una marcia
Piano Quintet in E flat major Op. 44: III. Scherzo (Molto vivace) & Trios I and II
Piano Quintet in E flat major Op. 44: IV. Finale (Allegro ma non troppo)
Piano Quintet in F minor Op. 34: I. Allegro non troppo
Piano Quintet in F minor Op. 34: II. Andante, un poco Adagio
Piano Quintet in F minor Op. 34: III. Scherzo (Allegro) & Trio
Piano Quintet in F minor Op. 34: IV. Finale (Poco sostenuto - Allegro non troppo - Presto, non troppo)

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