We have to thank members of the Amadeus Quartet for two outstanding performances of Brahms's G minor Piano Quartet - a comparatively recent one (1987) with Murray Perahia, unforgettable for its spontaneity and uninhibited romantic warmth and verve, and this much earlier (1971) version with Gilels, now reissued at medium price in DG's Originals series. The booklet reminds us that the recording made history at that date since "a contract between an artist from the Soviet Union and a Western label was a sensational event in cultural diplomacy." Reproduced with respect for the sound quality of its time, the playing has a glowing strength and intensity throughout, while never allowing the composer's heart to rule his head. Only in theRead more first movement's opulent textures does the keyboard occasionally dominate. From Gilels we're also given a maturely unhurried, essentially "inward" recording (made some five years later) of Brahms's four youthful Ballades, with their strange, almost supernatural undertones. In short, a bargain not to be missed.
Quartet for Piano and Strings no 1 in G minor, Op. 25by Johannes Brahms Performer:
Emil Gilels (Piano),
Norbert Brainin (Violin),
Peter Schidlof (Viola),
Martin Lovett (Cello)
Amadeus String Quartet members
Period: Romantic Written: 1855-1861; Germany Date of Recording: 12/1970 Venue: Bavaria Studio, Munich, Germany Length: 39 Minutes 22 Secs.
A brilliant and historic performance at a bargainApril 4, 2012By J. MacLeod (Cambridge, ON)See All My Reviews"I love The Originals series, which officers great performances from the 1960s, 70s and 80s at reduced prices. This is an especially distinguished offering from the series. Gilels is simply brilliant and the ensembe playing from the members of the Amadeus Quartet is also outstanding. Very intense and dramatic music played with passion. Gilel's gift for interpreting Brahms shines in his solo performance of the ballades that follows the quartet.. A great bonus!"Report Abuse
Artistry, Intensity and StyleApril 3, 2012By Dr. Helen Hatton (Hamilton, ON)See All My Reviews"This is playing on a level which one rarely, if ever, hears today, for it is a combination of technique, combined with artistry at the deepest level. Those words means a great deal, for this is playing before "artistry" meant the ability to play the notes as fast as the fingers can articulate them. It means a depth of understanding, of the composer, of the music, of the period, visible in the weighting of a phrase, of the most delicate use of rubato, of subtle interchanges between players as each takes up the principal part. This is playing not to be missed, to be listened to, appreciated and cherished down the years. [Dr] Helen Hatton"Report Abuse
STUNNING!April 3, 2012By C. LaVelle-Pahl (Dalton, GA)See All My Reviews"listen to this recording many times daily! Can't get my fill! Thanks for your recommendation. Spot-on! clp"Report Abuse