BRAHMS: String Quartets Nos. 1 and 2
Brahms’s two String Quartets, Op. 51 were the first he published but, completed in his 40th year, are very much mature masterpieces. He was very conscious of the tradition that lay behind the quartet genre, and the spirits of Haydn, Mozart, Beethoven and Schubert ensured that he took the greatest of care when preparing his own quartets. Each perfectly proportioned movement of these works creates its own unique expressive narrative, exploring bitter-sweet tonalities and thematic treatment ranging from tender lyricism to dramatic intensity. Recorded at St Ann's Anglican Church, Toronto, Ontario, Canada from 16th - 18th July, 2014.
July 2016 Naxos Classical Catalogue 8.573433
Producer: Norbert Kraft & Bonnie Silver
Engineer: Norbert Kraft
String Quartet No. 1 in C Minor, Op. 51, No. 1
ii. Romanze: Poco adagio
iii. Allegretto molto moderato e comodo
String Quartet No. 2 in A Minor, Op. 51, No. 2
i. Allegro non troppo
ii. Andante moderato
iii. Quasi Minuetto, moderato
iv. Finale: Allegro non assai
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