String Quintets 1 & 2
- Is Discontinued By Manufacturer : いいえ
- 製品サイズ : 13.41 x 14.91 x 0.99 cm; 102.06 g
- メーカー : Naxos
- EAN : 0730099463522
- オリジナル盤発売日 : 1996
- レーベル : Naxos
- ASIN : B0000014A9
- ディスク枚数 : 1
Like Mozart, Brahms was a bit uncomfortable writing string quartets, where the desire to maintain an absolutely democratic discourse among the participants often led to overly dense textures and rhythmic heaviness. The extra viola part offered by the quintet medium, however, allowed both composers to relax a bit and write music with the richness of texture they both loved, without forcing. These two works really don't seem to get the attention that they deserve, either on recordings or in concert, but they are both vintage Brahms. Fortunately, Naxos seems to be dedicated to a complete survey of the chamber music of the great composers, and they are working with a very fine stable of artists. This disc is no exception. --David Hurwitz
The Quintets come from late-on in Brahms' career and, indeed, when the second quintet came out in 1890, he stated that this was his last work as he felt "written out". You can sort of hear this in the nature of the piece. In fact, Brahms went on a bit longer with his clarinet pieces.
This is much sunnier music then the Quartets and thus easy to listen to.
This Naxos CD is an good budget choice and has excellent sound quality and superb musiciansip.