Brahms & Schumann: Piano Quintets

Artemis Quartet

“With an almost ideal balance between piano and strings, the variety of articulation in their playing brings a marvellous textural variety to the full-blooded writing in the outer movements of the Brahms. …the performances… can be confidently recommended as among the finest modern recordings of both works.”

– BBC Music Magazine *****

Track Listing

Schumann: Piano Quintet in E flat major, Op. 44
1. I. Allegro brillante
2. II. In modo d’una marcia
3. III. Scherzo (Molto vivace) & Trios I and II
4. IV. Finale (Allegro ma non troppo)

Brahms: Piano Quintet in F minor, Op. 34
5. I. Allegro non troppo
6. II. Andante, un poco Adagio
7. III. Scherzo (Allegro) & Trio
8. IV. Finale (Poco sostenuto – Allegro non troppo – Presto, non troppo)

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Andsnes, whose playing is full of personality, and the Artemis Quartet, who have a fine presence, give a magisterial account of the Brahms and are no less compelling in the Schumann.
Penguin Guide to Recorded Classical Music