BRAHMS, J.: Piano Quartets Nos. 1 and 3 (Barakhovsky, Zemtsov, W.E. Schmidt, Nebolsin)
Johannes Brahms is considered Beethoven’s successor in terms of his orchestral output, but for chamber music it was more the Romantic mantle of Robert Schumann that he assumed, vastly expanding its scale and ambitions in the 19th century and remaining a towering influence until well into the 20th. The First Piano Quartet has a deeply felt Andante con moto at its heart, and a sprightly ‘Gypsy Rondo’ finale. Brahms started writing the Third PianoQuartet during the difficult period of Schumann’s final illness, later re–composing it to create a work of symphonic proportions, distinctive power and striking beauty.