BRAHMS: String Quintets Nos. 1 and 2

New Zealand String Quartet

Maria Lambros, viola

 

Seen as the successor to Beethoven by many of his contemporaries, Johannes Brahms combined traditional form with an originality of musical language that has inspired generations of composers. His two string quintets are, like Mozart’s, scored with two violas for richness of texture and harmonic depth. The positive mood of the First String Quintet reflects the sunny resort of Bad Ischl where Brahms composed during the spring of 1882, while his Second String Quintet combines symphonic breadth with nostalgic melancholy in what was originally intended to be his final chamber work.

 

February 2019 Naxos Classical Catalogue No: 8.573455

Producer and engineer: Norbert Kraft

Producer and editor: Bonnie Silver

 

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Track Listing:

String Quintet No. 2 in G Major, Op. 111

i. Allegro non troppo, ma con brio

ii. Adagio

iii. Un poco allegretto

iv. Vivace ma non troppo presto

 

String Quintet No. 1 in F Major, Op. 88

i. Allegro non troppo ma con brio

ii. Grave ed appassionato

iii. Allegro energico

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