The celebrated partnership of Marc-André Hamelin and the Takács Quartet has already set down reference recordings of piano quintets by Schumann, Franck and Shostakovich, and this latest addition is equally illustrious; an important milestone in the critical re-evaluation of the work of Ern? Dohnányi.
The Takács Quartet and Marc-André Hamelin capture the freshness and vitality of this youthful work (Op. 1) to perfection, its outer movements and Scherzo projected here with all the necessary exhilaration and rhythmic vigourT. he performance [of the Second Piano Quintet] from Hamelin and the Takács is totally compelling, encapsulating a vastRead more array of colours and textures. The Takács gives a superbly committed reading [of the Second Quartet] which once again maximises the music’s textural and dynamic variety. A treasurable disc.
– BBC Music Magazine
He has an unbeatable ability to convey and inspire belief in the value of the music he is performing, especially when that music is in need of special advocacy. Hamelin and the Takács bring a remarkable breadth of conception to bear, not just within each movement [of the Second] but across the entire work. They allow every passionate detail to come across yet preserve a sense of nobility and innate grace that I always associate with Dohnányi.