Dohnányi: Piano Quintets & String Quartet No 2

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Dohnányi: Piano Quintets & String Quartet No 2
Takács Quartet, Marc-André Hamelin

[ Hyperion / CD ]

Release Date: Friday 1 November 2019

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The celebrated partnership of Marc-André Hamelin and the Takács Quartet has already set down reference recordings of piano quintets by
Schumann, Franck and Shostakovich, and this latest addition is equally illustrious; an important milestone in the critical re-evaluation of the work of Erno Dohnányi.

"The Takács Quartet and Marc-André Hamelin capture the freshness and vitality of this youthful work to perfection, its outer movements and Scherzo projected here with all the necessary exhilaration and rhythmic vigour…The performance [of the Second Piano Quintet] from Hamelin and the Takács is totally compelling, encapsulating a vast array of colours and textures…The Takács gives a superbly committed reading [of the Second Quartet] which once again maximises the music's textural and dynamic variety. A treasurable disc." BBC Music Chamber Choice Christmas 2019

"He has an unbeatable ability to convey and inspire belief in the value of the music he is performing, especially when that music is in need of special advocacy…Hamelin and the Takács bring a remarkable breadth of conception to bear, not just within each movement [of the Second] but across the entire work...They allow every passionate detail to come across yet preserve a sense of nobility and innate grace that I always associate with Dohnányi." Gramophone

"Takács Quartet plays with fire, precision, and an almost telepathic unanimity of purpose, while Marc-André Hamelin again proves to be the perfect partner. In terms of transcended virtuosity, finesse, and unerring musicality these performances are unlikely to be approached-much less surpassed-any time soon, making this one of the clear front runners for Chamber Album of the Year" Fanfare

"If you haven't made the acquaintance of these sadly underappreciated works, this is your invitation to hear them in performances that surely won't be bettered. Yes, you will have to pay a few pounds more than the alternatives, but there is no question it is worth it." MusicWeb Feb 2020

"Hyperion's 'thing' about Dohnányi continues with another knockout helping from heavyweight performers." MusicWeb May 2020


Piano Quintet No 1 in C minor Op 1 [30'40]
1 Allegro [8'41]
2 Scherzo: Allegro vivace - Trio - Reprise [5'01]
3 Adagio, quasi andante [8'36]
4 Finale: Allegro animato - Allegro [8'22]

String Quartet No 2 in D flat major Op 15 [24'32]
5 Andante - Allegro [8'11]
6 Presto acciaccato [5'08]
7 Molto adagio - Animato [11'13]

Piano Quintet No 2 in E flat minor Op 26 [25'43]
8 Allegro non troppo [9'47]
9 Intermezzo: Allegretto [5'14]
10 Moderato - Tempo del primo pezzo [10'42]