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Saturday, September 1, 2018 Permalink

The Piano Quintet Connection

The Israeli Chamber Project Quintet


Take one string quartet, add a piano, stir and mix.  The result is the piano quintet.

But, a composer might ask, how should the piano be used?  As a soloist accompanied by the strings?   To accompany the strings?  Or perhaps both— in which case the challenge is how to juggle the musical components among the five players in some logical and satisfying way. 

In this hour, how nine composers worked out their own answers, from Boccherini to Brahms to Shostakovich.


Title Group/Artist Catalog # UPC
Boccherini Quintetti Op. 56 & 57 Patrick Cohen; Quatuor Mosaïques Naïve E 3001 822186030011
Schumann Piano Quartet & Piano Quintet Beaux Arts Trio Philips  420 791-2 028942079120
Saint-Saens Piano Quartet /Piano Quintet Fine Arts Quartet, Cristina Ortiz Naxos 8.572904 747313290475
Borodin Chamber Music New Budapest Quartet, Ilona Prunyi  Marco Polo 8.223172 4891030231726
Brahms Chamber Music (Complete) Nash Ensemble Brilliant Classics 99800 5028421998008
Dvorak Chamber Music Berkshire Quartet,  Georgy Sandor Vox CDX 5166 047163516627
Faure Piano Quintets Domus, Anthony Marwood Hyperion  CDA66766 034571167664
Piano Quintet in G minor / String Quartet No. 12 Amati Quartet, Bruno Canino Divox CDX-20504 7619913205049
Schickele Quartet No. 1/ Quintet No. 1 Audubon Quartet,, Peter Schickele Centaur  CRC 2505 675754284121

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