Brahms: Piano Quartet No. 2 in A Major, Op. 26

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Kenneth Woods writes of this release: “The idea for this orchestration of the Brahms Piano Quartet in A Major came to me spontaneously in a flash of inspiration while I was coaching chamber music at the Ischia Chamber Music Festival in 2008. … I listened to a group play through the first movement of the piece in its original form. As I began to work with them, I found myself speaking to the pianist, as I often do, in orchestral terms. “Can you try playing the opening phrase more like…. a quartet of hunting horns?” I asked…After the coaching I had a bit of free time, and found myself listening to an imaginary orchestral version of the entire first movement emerging from that horn quartet. I was fascinated by the ways in which I thought an orchestral realization could bring to the fore some the nature imagery and vernacular music that is present in the original. By the end of that morning, I’d decided to try to undertake a realization of the orchestration. It took several years from that morning on Ishcia to complete this orchestration. After my initial work on it in 2008, the piece was set to one side while I attended to other projects with firmer deadlines. The final version was premiered on 21 November, 2017 with the English Symphony Orchestra in Cheltenham Town Hall. The scores of Brahms’ Four Symphonies are like a sacred text for me. They are among the most studied, most loved, most performed works in my library. In trying to understand his use of the orchestra well enough to translate this Piano Quartet into a symphonic sound world, I’ve found my admiration for Brahms’ achievement continuing to grow.”
Item number NI6364
Barcode 710357636424
Release date 7/6/2018
Category Orchestral
Number of units 1
Conductor Woods, Kenneth
Orchestra English Symphony Orchestra
Disc: 1
Piano Quartet No. 2 in A Major, Op. 26 (arr. K. Wo00:49:00
1 I. Allegro non troppo 00:17:02 English Symphony Orchestra Woods, Kenneth
2 II. Poco adagio 00:10:38 English Symphony Orchestra Woods, Kenneth
3 III. Scherzo: Poco allegro 00:11:06 English Symphony Orchestra Woods, Kenneth
4 IV. Finale: Allegro 00:10:28 English Symphony Orchestra Woods, Kenneth
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