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Brahms: Piano Quintet, Op. 34 - R. Schumann: String Quartet, Op. 41 No. 1


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The internationally celebrated, Grammy Award-winning Pacifica Quartet joins forces with legendary pianist Menahem Pressler of the Beaux Arts Trio for Johannes Brahms’s Piano Quintet in F Minor, Op. 34, a pillar of German Romanticism that opens with one of the most recognizable melodies in classical music. Pressler, a consummate chamber artist, performs the virtuosic piano part with a clarity and transparency that makes the piano seem like a fellow member of the string ensemble. This noteworthy generation-crossing collaboration — a half-century separates the pianist, who is in his 90s, from the quartet members — yields a spacious, sweeping traversal of the Brahms Quintet that sets its own pace to build suspense and drama. While Pressler has performed the Brahms Quintet with marquee string quartets of the past 50 years, this is his first recording of it. The album offers the unusual, perhaps unprecedented, pairing of Brahms’s early Piano Quintet with a string quartet by his champion Robert Schumann, in this case, the String Quartet in A Minor, Op. 41, No.1, which the Quartet has been performing since early in its career. Dedicated to Mendelssohn, this buoyant, sprightly Romantic quartet showcases the Pacifica’s virtuosity and exuberant performance style while offering a contrast to Brahms’s moodier masterwork. This is the Quartet’s first recording of a Schumann work.
Facts
Item number CDR 170
Barcode 735131917025
Release date 3/10/2017
Category Chamber Music
Label CEDILLE RECORDS
Media type COMPACT DISC
Number of units 1
Performers
Classical Artist Pressler, Menahem
Ensemble Pacifica Quartet
Disc: 1
Piano Quintet in F Minor, Op. 3400:43:44
1 Piano Quintet in F Minor, Op. 34: I. Allegro non t 00:16:19 Pacifica Quartet Pressler, Menahem
2 Piano Quintet in F Minor, Op. 34: II. Andante un p 00:08:57 Pacifica Quartet Pressler, Menahem
3 Piano Quintet in F Minor, Op. 34: III. Scherzo. Al 00:08:13 Pacifica Quartet Pressler, Menahem
4 Piano Quintet in F Minor, Op. 34: IV. Finale. Poco 00:11:20 Pacifica Quartet Pressler, Menahem
String Quartet in A Minor, Op. 41 No. 100:18:54
5 String Quartet in A Minor, Op. 41 No. 1: I. Introd 00:09:46 Pacifica Quartet
6 String Quartet in A Minor, Op. 41 No. 1: II. Scher 00:03:59 Pacifica Quartet
7 String Quartet in A Minor, Op. 41 No. 1: III. Adag 00:06:05 Pacifica Quartet
8 String Quartet in A Minor, Op. 41 No. 1: IV. Prest 00:06:26 Pacifica Quartet
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