Brahms by Arrangement, Volume 1
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Brahms by Arrangement, Volume One

Catalogue Number: TOCC0066
EAN: 5060113440662
Release Date: 25 June 2012
Duration: 77:34

String Quintet in F minor, Op. 34
String Quintet in B minor, Op. 115

Zebra String Trio, string trio
Anssi Karttunen, cello
Ernst Kovacic, violin
Steven Dann, viola
Krysia Osostowicz, violin
James Boyd, viola
Richard Lester, cello

Brahms first wrote his Op. 34 as a string quintet before recasting it for two pianos and then as the version for piano quintet known today. In this imaginative reconstruction as a string quintet by the Finnish cellist Anssi Karttunen, the Zebra Trio is joined by some of Britain’s most outstanding string-players, allowing modern listeners to hear a version of the work in textures closer to Brahms’ original thoughts. It is coupled in this recording by Brahms’ own rarely heard version of the Clarinet Quintet, Op. 115, as a string quintet, with a viola replacing the clarinet.

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Track No. Track Title / Details Duration Sample Add to Cart
DOWNLOAD COMPLETE ALBUM 77:34
1-4 String Quintet in F minor, Op. 34 (1862-64; rec. 2006)

Johannes Brahms, composer
Zebra String Trio, string trio
Anssi Karttunen, realisation composer, cello
Ernst Kovacic, violin
Steven Dann, viola
Krysia Osostowicz, violin
Richard Lester, cello

(first recording)
41:09
1 I. Allegro non troppo 15:24 play
2 II. Andante, un poco adagio 8:00 play
3 III. Scherzo: Allegro 7:34 play
4 IV. Poco sostenuto - Allegro non troppo - Presto, non troppo 10:11 play
5-8 String Quintet in B minor, Op. 115 (1891)

Johannes Brahms, composer
Zebra String Trio, string trio
Ernst Kovacic, violin
Steven Dann, viola
Anssi Karttunen, cello
Krysia Osostowicz, violin
James Boyd, viola
36:25
5 I. Allegro 12:47 play
6 II. Adagio 10:44 play
7 III. Andantino 4:14 play
8 IV. Con moto 8:40 play

Artists

Johannes Brahms, 1889

Johannes Brahms, composer
[credit: C. Brasch, Berlin]

Zebra Trio

Zebra String Trio, string trio
[credit: © Philippe Stirnweiss]

Anssi Karttunen

Anssi Karttunen, realisation composer, cello
[credit: © Muriel von Braun]

Ernst Kovacic

Ernst Kovacic, violin
[credit: Łukasz Rajchert]

Steven Dann

Steven Dann, viola
[credit: © Nigel Dickson]

Krysia Osostowicz

Krysia Osostowicz, violin
[credit: Giorgia Bertazzi]

James Boyd

James Boyd, viola

Richard Lester

Richard Lester, cello

Reviews

MusicWeb International Recordings of the Year: 2012

Another triumph for a small independent label. Brilliant thought provoking re-evaluations of 'standard' works by Brahms. The double viola version of the clarinet quintet in Brahms' own arrangement is especially rewarding featuring some of the most beautiful viola playing I have ever heard from Steven Dann. Life-enhancing stuff.

Nick Barnard MusicWeb International December 2012

To my mind it is of award-winning calibre

This is the kind of disc that makes the most jaded listener sit up straight and pay attention: marvellous music, compellingly performed and beautifully produced. Record companies must spend ever-increasing effort trying to unearth repertoire that is both rare and important. The musical treasure-hunters at Toccata can give themselves a pat on the back: they have hit musical gold with this disc. […]

Nick Barnard MusicWeb International June 2012

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