Gernsheim: Piano Quintets
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Friedrich Gernsheim: The Two Piano Quintets

Catalogue Number: TOCC0099
EAN: 5060113440990
Release Date: 22 February 2010
Duration: 64:06

Piano Quintet No. 1
Piano Quintet No. 2

Art Vio String Quartet
Edouard Oganessian, piano

The music of the German composer Friedrich Gernsheim (1839–1918) is gradually beginning to emerge in recordings, revealing him as one of the finest composers of his age. His two piano quintets are tightly constructed, powerfully argued and full of rhythmic energy, and also abound with memorable tunes. They are, in fact, both masterpieces, among the very best of German Romantic chamber music, ranking alongside the Brahms and Schumann works.

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Track No. Track Title / Details Duration Sample Add to Cart
DOWNLOAD COMPLETE ALBUM 64:06
1-4 Piano Quintet No. 1 in D minor, Op. 35 (1875–76)

Friedrich Gernsheim, composer
Art Vio String Quartet, string quartet
Ingrida Rupaitė, violin
Kristijonas Venslovas, violin
Tomas Petrikis, viola
Povilas Jacunskas, cello
Edouard Oganessian, piano

(first recording)
34:09
1 Allegro moderato 11:11 play
2 Andante molto cantabile 7:33 play
3 Vivace ed energico 6:25 play
4 Allegro con brio 9:00 play
5-8 Piano Quintet No. 2 in B minor, Op. 63 (1896)

Friedrich Gernsheim, composer
Art Vio String Quartet, string quartet
Ingrida Rupaitė, violin
Kristijonas Venslovas, violin
Tomas Petrikis, viola
Povilas Jacunskas, cello
Edouard Oganessian, piano

(first recording)
29:57
5 Molto moderato 10:42 play
6 Adagio 8:58 play
7 Allegretto molto grazioso e sempre scherzando 3:18 play
8 Allegro giocoso, ma non troppo presto 6:59 play

Artists

Friedrich Gernsheim

Friedrich Gernsheim, composer

Art Vio String Quartet (Ingrida Rupaitė and Kristijonas Venslovas, violins; Tomas Petrikis, viola; Povilas Jacunskas, cello)

Art Vio String Quartet, string quartet

Ingrida Rupaitė

Ingrida Rupaitė, violin

Kristijonas Venslovas

Kristijonas Venslovas, violin

Tomas Petrikis

Tomas Petrikis, viola

Povilas Jacunskas

Povilas Jacunskas, cello

Edouard Oganessian

Edouard Oganessian, piano

Reviews

A major find

Another amazing Toccata discovery is the chamber music of Friedrich Gernsheim (1839-1916). Gernsheim is labeled, and therefore dismissed, as a Brahms clone. I was mildly impressed by his four symphonies (Arte Nova label), but had never heard his Piano Quintets Nos. 1 and 2. They rise to a far different level of genius and accomplishment than his symphonic works would lead one to expect. This is not an infrequent phenomenon – that a composer excel in one particular genre and not another (for instance, Sergei Taneyev). I am overwhelmed by these two works. They are incredibly alive, passionate, rhythmically dramatic, and melodically blessed. Brahms clone? Here Gernsheim is in competition with the master for the top rung. The Art Vio Quartet and Pianist Edouard Oganessian play as if their lives depended on it. This is a major find.

Robert Reilly CatholiCity 28th May 2010

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