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BRAHMS, J.: String Quintets Nos. 1 and 2 (Uppsala Chamber Soloists)

Composer(s):Brahms, Johannes
Artist(s) Uppsala Chamber Soloists, Ensemble
Period(s) Romantic
Genre Classical Music
Category Chamber Music
Catalogue DAPHNE1045
Label Daphne Records
Quality   320kbps
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Review By Stephen Greenbank,MusicWeb International,May 2013

From the opening bars of Op. 88 the Uppsala Chamber Soloists show a great affinity for this music. The beautiful first subject is warm, tender and expressive. Tempi are well judged and phrasing and dynamics are such that the drama is allowed to unfold in a natural way. The second movement is unusual in that Brahms divides it into three contrasting sections. In the first section which is marked Grave, the Uppsala players capture the reflective, wistful quality of the melody. Their beauty of tone is second to none. The allegretto and presto sections are light and playful and provide an effective contrast. The finale is invigorating and ebullient.



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