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Notes and Editorial Reviews
After the First Piano Concerto, the Piano Quintet is a second landmark in the evolution of Brahms’s composing. In both cases the work was first written for a different medium (the Concerto, as a symphony; the Quintet, as a string quintet with two celli), then rewritten, and the first version destroyed. Both works occupied the composer for a much longer time than usual, and continued to preoccupy his mind even after their completion.
Brahms’s Quintet is indeed a great work, and the second reason why he had difficulty in finding its proper medium was -– just as in the case of the First Concerto -– largely inherent in the novelty of the music as such. For the first time, the Quintet shows what, in retrospect, we must call the
definitive face of Brahms. The romanticism of his youth is now fused with his classical leanings on the one hand and with his adventurous experimentation in the field of each separate musical element on the other. Looking over the work as a whole, it is amazing how much was accomplished here. None of the difficulties of writing show in the end product. Not only a new epoch in Brahms’ creative life, but also a new stage in chamber music was reached here. What is more important, the direct appeal of this exciting and moving composition to all music lovers, after one century, is still increasing.
-- Konrad Wolff,
excerpts from album liner notes
Works on This Recording
Quintet for Piano and Strings in F minor, Op. 34 by Johannes Brahms
Leon Fleisher (Piano)
Juilliard String Quartet
Written: 1861-1864; Austria
Date of Recording: 3/11/1963
Venue: New York City
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