Johannes Brahms: String Quintets Nos 1 & 2 (Hyperion Audio CD)

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Catalogue No: CDA66804
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Publisher: Hyperion

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The Raphael Ensemble

Brahms composed his two published String Quintets amid the rural tranquillity of Bad Ischl in Upper Austria and the works can almost be seen as an expression of escape from the 'urban stress' of nineteenth-century Vienna. The Quintets show Brahms standing at the pinnacle of the composition of chamber music, their gentle pastoral character being subtly shaded by a profoundly melancholy introspection.

This disc follows up on the extrordinary success of The Raphael Ensemble's recording of Brahms's two String Sextets (CDA66276).


Contents and Reviews

String Quintet No.1 in F major Op 88
Allegro non troppo ma con brio
Grave ed appassionato – Allegretto vivace – Tempo I – Presto – Tempo I
Allegro energico – Presto

String Quintet No.2 in G major Op 111
Allegro non troppo ma con brio
Un poco allegretto
Vivace ma non troppo presto – Animato