[ Naxos / CD ]
Release Date: Friday 15 February 2019
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.
"Appearing in their most recent format, with Monique Lapins as second violin, it is an international group who play with a smooth mid-European quality well suited to Brahms. They have travelled to Canada for the sessions, where they have added the second viola, Maria Lambros, and there they make good use of Naxos's excellent recording team. It is in an ideal acoustic for Brahms that warms the instrumental lines, and I look forward to the remainder of the three Quintets." David Denton