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Offline schnittkease

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Friedrich Kiel (1821-85)
« on: July 18, 2017, 06:49:17 AM »
"Writing of the chamber music of Friedrich Kiel (1821-85), the famous scholar and critic Wilhelm Altmann notes that it was Kiel’s extreme modesty which kept him and his exceptional works from receiving the consideration they deserved. After mentioning Johannes Brahms and others, Altmann writes, “He produced a number of chamber works, which . . . need fear no comparison.” "



Kiel wrote some damn good piano quintets and, from what I've heard, two first-rate string quartets.

I have the Naxos recording of the PQs, and I can testify that they are as good as Dvořák's (or even Brahms').
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Re: Friedrich Kiel (1821-85)
« Reply #1 on: July 18, 2017, 04:30:57 PM »
I've heard his piano concerto on the Romantic Piano Concerto series and while it has some good moments and is an enjoyable work, it sort of fades into the din of generic Brahmsian romanticism. Good, but not great.
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Re: Friedrich Kiel (1821-85)
« Reply #2 on: July 18, 2017, 06:39:38 PM »
I've heard his piano concerto on the Romantic Piano Concerto series and while it has some good moments and is an enjoyable work, it sort of fades into the din of generic Brahmsian romanticism. Good, but not great.

Chamber music is where Kiel really shines, should you choose to explore his music further.