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Great Performances from the Library of Congress: Brahms Piano Quartet op. 25 / Schumann Piano Quintet op. 44 [Import]

Budapest String Quartet , Artur Balsam , Brahms , Schumann Audio CD

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1. Brahms: Piano Quartet No. 1 in G Minor, Op. 25
2. Brahms: Piano Quartet No. 1 in G Minor, Op. 25
3. Brahms: Piano Quartet No. 1 in G Minor, Op. 25
4. Brahms: Piano Quartet No. 1 in G Minor, Op. 25
5. Robert Schumann: Piano Quintet in E flat Major, Op. 44
6. Robert Schumann: Piano Quintet in E flat Major, Op. 44
7. Robert Schumann: Piano Quintet in E flat Major, Op. 44
8. Robert Schumann: Piano Quintet in E flat Major, Op. 44

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Bridge's Budapest Quartet Library of Congress concerts are among the most important historical-release series in the catalogue. The latest, featuring pianist Artur Balsam in two chamber masterpieces by Brahms and Schumann, is one of the most attractive of the lot. The Brahms gets a big-boned performance, full of dramatic sweep and power, tender when it needs to be, fiery in the final Presto, in which Balsam, a noted chamber musician, sounds like a world-class keyboard virtuoso. The Schumann gets a similarly sweeping performance, with the group obviously relishing the big tunes that dot the work. It's an interesting contrast with the Budapest's commercial recordings, an elegant one with Clifford Curzon and a white-hot rendition with Rudolf Serkin. The restored sound of these 1951 and 1953 performances is boxy but strong, superior to most live historical recordings of the period. --Dan Davis

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"Brilliant and definitive." -- Sequenza21.com

"Emphatic melodic contours, sharp accents, and a singing line." "[Balsam]perfectly matches the Budapest's approach and plays with intensity." -- Classicstoday.com

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2.0 out of 5 stars Unedifying rendition of a magnificent piece Dec 27 2012
By Richard Armitage - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
Brahms' piano-quartet masterpiece was manhandled by uncertainty. Disappointing-I expected more than I got. The playing was not polished enough for publication in CD format. Best, choose another ensemble. There are many better renditions of this remarkable work for the same price.

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