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Kuhlau: Piano Quartet No.3 - Malling: Piano Quartet / Copenhagen Piano Quartet

Release Date: 05/03/2019 
Label:  Dacapo   Catalog #: 6220591  
Composer:  Friedrich KuhlauOtto Malling
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Copenhagen Piano Quartet
Number of Discs: 1 
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Notes and Editorial Reviews

The prizewinning Copenhagen Piano Quartet presents works by composers cosmopolitan and conservative, but each brimming with charm. German-born Friedrich Kuhlau was a leading figure in what posterity has dubbed the Danish Golden Age. From the outset, Kuhlau stated that he intended to write three piano quartets. With this new release, Kuhlau’s complete piano quartets are available in recordings by the young and rising Copenhagen Piano Quartet. Kuhlau declared his Piano Quartet No. 3 ‘my best to date,’ speaking of a large-scale work of drama offset by grace and highlighting the composer’s contrapuntal gift. Otto Malling was a Danish composer and organ player and the pupil of JPE Hartmann and Niels W Gade. In 1903 Malling wrote his one and only Read more piano quartet, which was also his very last chamber work to compose. The work by ‘The Danish Saint-Saens,’ as he was affectionately called by some of his peers, presents a perfect picture of this master craftsman’s clarity and concision while showing tantalizing signs of his sensuality, too. Read less

Works on This Recording

Quartet for Piano and Strings no 3 in G minor, Op. 108 by Friedrich Kuhlau
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Copenhagen Piano Quartet
Period: Romantic 
Written: by 1833; Germany 
Quartet for Piano and Strings in C Minor, Op. 80 by Otto Malling
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Copenhagen Piano Quartet

Customer Reviews

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 A Fine Recording September 28, 2019 By Henry S. (Springfield, VA) See All My Reviews "Those of you who are partial to chamber music are encouraged to try this new Dacapo recording of piano quartets by Danish composers Friedrich Kuhlau (although German-born) and Otto Malling. Although separated by nearly 75 years, both quartets demonstrate top notch Romantic inclinations, with impressive interplay between piano and strings. As a hybrid SACD;, the disk delivers superb sonic qualities to the gorgeous performance of both works by Denmark's Copenhagen Piano Quartet. I think this disk reminds us once again of the natural attractiveness of the piano/string trio combination. In summary, this disk is a real winner, and I give it a solid recommendation." Report Abuse
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