Brahms - String Quartet no.1, Piano Quintet | Chandos CHAN10892

Brahms - String Quartet no.1, Piano Quintet


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Label: Chandos

Cat No: CHAN10892

Barcode: 0095115189221

Format: CD

Number of Discs: 1

Genre: Chamber

Release Date: 1st April 2016



Natacha Kudritskaya (piano)
Brodsky Quartet


Brahms, Johannes

Piano Quintet in F minor, op.34
String Quartet no.1 in C minor, op.51 no.1


Natacha Kudritskaya (piano)
Brodsky Quartet


The Brodsky Quartet presents this second volume in its exploration of Brahms’s complete string quartets. The first, which also featured the Clarinet Quintet with Michael Collins, received numerous enthusiastic reviews, The Guardian praising the players for their ‘immaculate’ performance.

The String Quartet, op.51 no.1, featured here, was written alongside its contrasting companion, op.51 no.2. Both were finally published in 1873 after having been held back for years by a typically self-doubting Brahms, until he had brought them to his own high standards of perfection. Op.51 may be regarded as evidence of his concern to revive and reinvigorate a genre, the strong legacy of which went back to the generation of Mozart, Haydn, and, above all, Beethoven.

The Quartet is joined by the young, prodigious Ukrainian pianist Natacha Kudritskaya in the Piano Quintet, a more adventurous work: it had started life as a String Quintet, which Brahms then transcribed as a sonata for two pianos. The final version gives as much importance to the strings as to the piano.


The Brodsky Quartet started young and, with a couple of changes of leader during their lifetime, celebrated their 40th anniversary in 2012. Great musical ambassadors, they excel in a wide range of repertoire, and this performance of the Brahms Piano Quintet in F minor Op 34, with the Ukrainian pianist Natacha Kudritskaya, is big-boned, impassioned and, especially in the Andante, warm and lyrical. Fiona Maddocks

The Observer 10 April 2016
All of this long-established ensemble’s considerable prowess is brought to bear on the composer’s turbulent chamber music; an enormous and remarkable intensity suffuses the atmosphere throughout. The result is inspiring, profoundly unsettling and a true visceral thrill. ... This is a disc I think I’ll be returning to many times, with great joy.  Jessica Duchen
BBC Music Magazine June 2016

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