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Re: Top 10 Favorite Quintets
« Reply #60 on: August 18, 2017, 04:35:50 AM »
Any love for Beach?

I've heard her piano quintet in concert once and enjoyed it. Getting a recording is on the to-do list.

The quintet (like so much of her work) I do not know;  judging by the Beach selections in a recent recital I heard (this is her sesquicentenary) I should investigate the quintet.
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Re: Top 10 Favorite Quintets
« Reply #61 on: August 18, 2017, 05:14:30 AM »
I like the first movement [of Brahms' piano quintet] far more than you do; it has enough passion and sweep that I do not start to think about overcompositions.
The finale is a little long and the andante a little too light for me, too.
The scherzo is really great, also for me among the best. Not too fond of the one from the 4th symphony although I can somewhat understand what is supposed to be great. My favorite orchestral scherzo by Brahms is the one from the 2nd piano concerto but he has a few very good ones in his chamber music that are actually scherzi, not more like intermezzi (as in symphonies 1-3 and elsewhere). E.g. in all the piano quartets, B major trio, 2nd clarinet sonata...
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Re: Top 10 Favorite Quintets
« Reply #62 on: August 18, 2017, 05:50:46 AM »
I like the first movement far more than you do; it has enough passion and sweep that I do not start to think about overcompositions.
The finale is a little long and the andante a little too light for me, too.
The scherzo is really great, also for me among the best. Not too fond of the one from the 4th symphony although I can somewhat understand what is supposed to be great. My favorite orchestral scherzo by Brahms is the one from the 2nd piano concerto but he has a few very good ones in his chamber music that are actually scherzi, not more like intermezzi (as in symphonies 1-3 and elsewhere). E.g. in all the piano quartets, B major trio, 2nd clarinet sonata...

What piece are you talking about, by the way?
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Re: Top 10 Favorite Quintets
« Reply #63 on: August 18, 2017, 05:52:22 AM »
Brahms' piano quintet.
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Re: Top 10 Favorite Quintets
« Reply #64 on: August 18, 2017, 06:11:12 AM »
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Re: Top 10 Favorite Quintets
« Reply #65 on: August 18, 2017, 06:21:15 AM »
Another Russian composer's effort for your consideration:

Sergei Taneyev's Piano Quintet:

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Re: Top 10 Favorite Quintets
« Reply #66 on: August 18, 2017, 06:25:59 AM »
My favorite orchestral scherzo by Brahms is the one from the 2nd piano concerto but he has a few very good ones in his chamber music that are actually scherzi, not more like intermezzi (as in symphonies 1-3 and elsewhere). E.g. in all the piano quartets, B major trio, 2nd clarinet sonata...

My favorite Brahms scherzo, period, and one of my favorite scherzi of all time. It doesn't get much better than that.
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Re: Top 10 Favorite Quintets
« Reply #67 on: August 21, 2017, 01:20:23 PM »
Someone should mention Mladi, quick.

Oh, there. I just did.

Good.

That's the Favorite Sextets thread, next door  8)
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Re: Top 10 Favorite Quintets
« Reply #68 on: August 22, 2017, 03:01:21 AM »
That's the Favorite Sextets thread, next door  8)
Ah good catch. I've been out of performing so long, I can no longer count.

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Re: Top 10 Favorite Quintets
« Reply #69 on: August 22, 2017, 03:07:17 AM »
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Re: Top 10 Favorite Quintets
« Reply #70 on: August 22, 2017, 10:44:43 AM »
Continuing with the listening of some other quintets, I've lately played the piano quintets by Taneyev, Weinberg, Raff, Martinu (both), Biarent and Le Flem. All of them are marvelous, excellent stuff there is, above all the Taneyev's, Weinberg's and the Martinu's Nr. 2. They were I liked the most. I find this kind of ensemble quite appealing.

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Re: Top 10 Favorite Quintets
« Reply #71 on: August 24, 2017, 02:54:24 AM »
Messiaen's Piano Quintet is fucking amazing  :-*  (with it's less interesting title "Piece for String Quartet and Piano"  ::) )
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Re: Top 10 Favorite Quintets
« Reply #72 on: September 03, 2017, 03:17:14 AM »
Lately I have enjoyed many chamber works by several composers, among them piano and string quintets.

Not having listened to some important examples yet (but they are awaiting) [Taneyev (3), Bloch (2), Zarebski, Schmitt, Koechlin, Piston, Enescu, etc.], I'd say these ones:

Schubert: String quintet, D. 956 (mandatory)
Brahms: Piano quintet (mandatory)
Brahms: Clarinet quintet (mandatory)
Dvorák: Piano quintet, op. 81 (mandatory)
Novák: Piano quintet
Vierne: Piano quintet (sad, tragic, masterful)
Medtner: Piano quintet (gorgeous discovery!!)
Schnittke: Piano quintet
Vaughan Williams: Phantasy Quintet
Cras: Piano quintet (another recent discovery, stunning!!)

Other honorable/fantastic mentions:

Shostakovich: Piano quintet
Dvorák: Both string quintets opp. 77 and 97
Schmidt: Piano quintet (for left hand)
Atterberg: Piano quintet (arrangement of the 6th Symphony)
Elgar: Piano quintet
Gouvy: String quintet in G major
Suk: Piano quintet (magnific 2nd movement)
I must thank you for introducing me to the Atterberg, which is wonderful:
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Re: Top 10 Favorite Quintets
« Reply #73 on: September 03, 2017, 03:59:39 PM »
I must thank you for introducing me to the Atterberg, which is wonderful:

That's good news!

I'm glad you have enjoyed it  :)

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Re: Top 10 Favorite Quintets
« Reply #74 on: September 04, 2017, 10:04:40 AM »
That's good news!

I'm glad you have enjoyed it  :)
Oh yes, very much so. The slow movement is especially moving in the Piano Quintet version. In fact that whole Marco Polo CD of Atterberg's chamber music is excellent.
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Re: Top 10 Favorite Quintets
« Reply #75 on: September 04, 2017, 11:43:21 AM »
Shostakovich: Piano Quintet
Bloch (both piano quintets)
Vaughan Williams: Phantasy Quintet
Weinberg: Piano Quintet
Schnittke: Piano Quintet
Novak: Piano Quintet

Great list, Jeffrey. Bloch's first piano quintet is a stunningly powerful work with a movingly redemptive ending (I don't know the second, must rectify that). I discovered the Novak recently - a wonderful work with a beautiful theme and variations slow movement.
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Re: Top 10 Favorite Quintets
« Reply #76 on: September 04, 2017, 11:57:33 AM »
Limiting myself to one per composer (I'm gonna be boring and list mainly piano quintets):

Schubert: String Quintet
Brahms: Piano Quintet (but the G major string quintet is a close second)
Schumann: Piano Quintet
Dvorak: Piano Quintet no. 2
Shostakovich: Piano Quintet
Bloch: Piano Quintet no. 1
Bartok: Piano Quintet (early piece in the late-romantic mold, a stunning discovery)
Dohnanyi: Piano Quintet no. 1
Vaughan Williams: Phantasy Quintet
Elgar: Piano Quintet

Honorable mentions: Mozart: String Quintet no. 4, Glazunov: String Quintet, Franck: Piano Quintet, Bax: Piano Quintet (his Harp Quintet is great too), Novak: Piano Quintet

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Re: Top 10 Favorite Quintets
« Reply #77 on: September 04, 2017, 12:03:27 PM »


If you like Atterberg's Oriental Suite (who wouldn't?) you owe it to yourself to discover it in its original orchestral garb. No unsung masterpiece, but beautifully crafted miniatures. That whole Musica Sveciae disk is gorgeous.

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Re: Top 10 Favorite Quintets
« Reply #78 on: September 04, 2017, 12:31:50 PM »


If you like Atterberg's Oriental Suite (who wouldn't?) you owe it to yourself to discover it in its original orchestral garb. No unsung masterpiece, but beautifully crafted miniatures. That whole Musica Sveciae disk is gorgeous.
That looks interesting Andre!
Never heard of it.
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