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Brahms: Piano Quartets Nos. 1 & 3 / Barakhovsky, Zemtsov, Schmidt, Nebolsin


Release Date: 11/11/2016 
Label:  Naxos   Catalog #: 8572798  
Composer:  Johannes Brahms
Performer:  Alexander ZemtsovEldar NebolsinWolfgang Emanuel SchmidtAnton Barakhovsky
Number of Discs: 1 
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Note: A sound sample for this release can be heard in the above clip at 1:34 - 1:49.

Notes and Editorial Reviews

Johannes Brahms is considered Beethoven’s successor in terms of his orchestral output, but for chamber music it was more the Romantic mantle of Robert Schumann that he assumed, vastly expanding its scale and ambitions in the 19th century and remaining a towering influence until well into the 20th. The First Piano Quartet has a deeply felt Andante con moto at its heart, and a sprightly ‘Gypsy Rondo’ finale. Brahms started writing the Third Piano Quartet in the difficult period of Schumann’s final illness, later re-composing it to create a work of symphonic proportions, distinctive power and striking beauty.

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The players have the feel of a group who have become welded together by years of mutual performances,
Read more the balance between them, as melodies are woven, being so perfectly weighted. The tempos also have that natural feel with scherzos that are never rushed, while the string intonation is impeccable.

– David Denton's Review Corner (November 2016) Read less

Works on This Recording

1.
Quartet for Piano and Strings no 1 in G minor, Op. 25 by Johannes Brahms
Performer:  Alexander Zemtsov (Viola), Eldar Nebolsin (Piano), Wolfgang Emanuel Schmidt (Cello),
Anton Barakhovsky (Violin)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1855-1861; Germany 
2.
Quartet for Piano and Strings no 3 in C minor, Op. 60 by Johannes Brahms
Performer:  Alexander Zemtsov (Viola), Eldar Nebolsin (Piano), Wolfgang Emanuel Schmidt (Cello),
Anton Barakhovsky (Violin)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1855-1875; Austria 

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