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14 of 16 people found the following review helpful
Absolutely Wonderful Stuff 5 July 2002
By Craig Matteson - Published on
Format: Audio CD
This recording of the Piano Quartet Opus 25 is one of the best. Full of vigor, passion, and power. The piano and strings are matched in their conception of a big tone even in the quiet passages. You can hear many different interpretations of this work, but I don't know of any that are actually better. This is one of my favorites, but I admit to being a Gilels fan and biased towards anything he ever did.
The Opus 10 Ballades are youthful works that fans of Brahms always love and young pianists love to learn. Well, this recording of these pieces will give them a great model to shoot for.
The recording sounds great and is definitely worth owning.
9 of 10 people found the following review helpful
clasping hands 20 May 2001
By "katja_r" - Published on
Format: Audio CD
This performance of Johannes Brahms' (1833-1897) Klavierquartett Nr. 1 is among my favourite. With equal proficiency, Mr Emil Gilels (1916-1985) and the Amadeus Quartet express both the power and delicacy of this complex piece. From a technical perspective, I don't know what separates this from other recordings. When I listen to this, though, I am enthralled by the range of emotions. The notes by Mr Peter Cossé explain the importance of Deutsche Grammophon's signing of the Russian pianist during the Cold War. "In those days, in the late '60s and early '70s, a contract between an artist from the Soviet Union and a Western label was a sensational event in cultural diplomacy" Perhaps it is this cultural significance which inspired the performers. If you are interested in "one of the most significant pianists of the 20th century", in chambre music by one of the most significant composers of the 19th century, or in romantic music played extremely well, this CD will interest you.
11 of 13 people found the following review helpful
The best performance of Gilels in his life 7 May 2004
By Hiram Gomez Pardo - Published on
Format: Audio CD
First at all. I've always thought that Gilels is a superb musician altough something cold to my taste.

His readings of Rachmaninov lack that humanism that should be in your mind your soul and your fingers when you play that romantic composer.

I make this previous statement because when I decided to acquire this record in those Lp's days , in 1980., I did it because the two only references that I knew still didn't fill my requests.
So it happened the incredible. What happened in that recording evening? I don't know but Gilels was enraptured and possesed by Dionsyan inspiration and The Amadeus quartet in their best.

The result was an amazing performing, from the first bar to the last one. Every note is played with a comittment like the same Casals would have been present in the recording studio. What kind of playing! Personally I think this is the definitive version of this quartet op. 25.

Don't think I've tried. I tried with Serkin-Bush, I've bought Edwin Fisher and I found in New York Badura Skoda Janigro Fournier and all those recordings were well made but without enthusiasm and even an atom of sparkling light.

Many people don't seem understand that Brahms' shyness and all those comentaries about his craft , would make him the first on the line in Beethoven's heritage in his time.

For me, (and this is a personal consideration), Brahms suffered a personal crisis knowing the huge responsability upon his shoulders when he presented his first Symphony. And the fact that seems prove this statement is that the first symphony is Op.48.

This long speech allows me conclude that in the chamber music's mood he seemed to feel less presure and he , in certain way he felt with a major liberty to compose. Remeber also that the chamber music was a more intimate music and not for all the great audiences.

In this sense, even to understand the musical language of Johannes Brahms, please go and listen first all his chamber music. You'll find such kind of hidden treasures such the clarinet's quintets and his two strings quintets, for example, and then go for meeting the symphonic Brahms.

And if you had some doubt about the quality and great musicality of this genere in Brahm's music, go and explore how much of his music was played by Casals in Prades. Doesn'it tell you anything?
Back to the quartet op. 25, you'll find a young Brahms, in the peak of his craft.

And consider this recordings among the best performers of this important sign Deutsche Grampohone.

The sound in CD is fabolous.

Don't miss that version for any reason. It's essential for you to have it in your personal collection.

And then you 'll forget the others versions you had before.

Believe me.
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
Very good quartet, outstanding ballades 24 Aug. 2008
By Bahij Bawarshi - Published on
Format: Audio CD
Most people would buy this record for the Brahms piano quartet and consider the ballades as additional benefit. I, too, thought that way when I saw it at a local music shop. I bought it promptly, being already familiar with Emil Gilels and the Amadeus Quartet in a fine recording of Schubert's "Trout" quintet (like this CD, one of the Deutsche Grammophon ORIGINALS collection). Yet when I now play the CD, more often than not it is for the four ballades. Beautiful is not a precise way to describe them, although they are that without a doubt. All four are GOOD music lovingly played by a great pianist who had made them his own. As for the Brahms op. 25, it has earned its reputation among chamber music lovers for its melodious flow and its exuberance (especially the gypsy-style finale). Gilels blends well with the Amadeus Quartet (minus second violinist Siegmund Nissel), achieving a smooth, elegant performance. Nevertheless, I have one reservation, that certain passages are too sugary for my taste, though others may love the music for this same quality. I don't think it is a matter of the ensemble's interpretation, but something inherent in the music as composed - here is early Brahms in a decidedly romantic mood. On the other hand, the first movement - the longest and most substantial of the quartet - is not only beautifully lyrical but includes intense passages that anticipate a later Brahms, while the energetic last movement (Rondo alla Zingarese) provides some concluding thrills. Thus to me the work is sufficiently balanced to net a (subjective) rating of four stars. And the ballades as performed by Gilels? A solid five stars.
9 of 13 people found the following review helpful
Brahms soiree 29 Dec. 2000
By Vinteuil - Published on
Format: Audio CD
This writer would have to confess a certain lack of objectivity as far as Emil Gilels is concerned . Indeed , Gilels was the first great musician he ever heard and the pianist's rendition of Beethoven's Moonlight Sonata left an unforgettable impression . However , it seems indisputable that Gilels' contribution to the G Minor Quartet is distinguished and members of the Amadeus Quartet respond with eloquent , comitted playing . The 4 Ballades are simply among the indispensible classical recordings of the 20th century .
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