Amy Beach’s piano quintet proved a deservedly popular success in its early years. It makes a compelling—and surprising—match for Elgar’s own piano quintet: a late work contemporary with the cello concerto, and which inhabits the same emotional landscape.
Amy Beach's Piano Quintet, the most widely performed of her chamber works, is a highly developed work which should be considered part of that canon of quintets led by Schumann and Brahms. This is highly accomplished writing and reveals Beach’s true imagination as a master of instrumental form. Ohlsson and the Takács are to be congratulated for the warmth of theirRead more interpretation and for their ability to encompass the challenging range of Elgar’s complex moods.
The ensemble brings an extraordinary range and depth of sound to Beach’s closely-worked score. Ohlsson and the Takács Quartet are vividly alert to Elgar’s sense of story. This is a performance every bit as imaginative and expressive as Elgar’s remarkable score, rich in contrast and daring but never overblown and always precise. This is in every respect an outstanding disc.
Worth A ListeningJanuary 9, 2021By G. Potts (Upper Marlboro, MD)See All My Reviews"Do not be deterred by the sound quality of the YouTube snippet nor by another reviewer's comparison to an unavailable recording. This music deserves a wider audience. Both pieces are beautiful and thoughtful works, performed by world-class artists. The recording displays Hyperion's usual technical perfection. Listen to it in a quiet room with good equipment and you will be rewarded."Report Abuse
Mrs. Beach's Piano QuintetDecember 14, 2020By A. de los Rios (Fort Lauderdale, FL)See All My Reviews"I purchased this CD eager to listen to a new recording of Mrs. Beach's splendid Piano Quintet. I was disappointed in the bland and tepid interpretation by the Takacs Quartet and G. Ohlsson at the piano. It simply lacks the fiery passion and lyrical expression of the earlier Vox/Turnabout recording by Westphalian Symphony Orchestra members and Ms. Mary-Louise Boehm at the piano. That recording is exceptional. The Elgar Quintet is adequate."Report Abuse