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Leipziger Streichquartett/Rohde

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1. Allegro Non Troppo, Ma Con Brio
2. Adagio
3. Un Poco Allegretto
4. Vivace Ma Non Troppo Presto
5. Allegro Non Troppo Ma Con Brio
6. Grave Ed Appassionato - Allegretto Vivace
7. Allegro Energico

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15 of 15 people found the following review helpful
Scrumptious Brahms Scrumptiously Played 4 Nov. 2004
By J Scott Morrison - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
I yield to no one in my love for the Brahms String Quintets. And I've collected versions going back to one made by the principal players of the Boston Symphony more than twenty years ago; it's still one of my favorites. But, truth to tell, I've never encountered a bad recording of these two works. I know that they are great favorites of string players and the 'name' quartets love having a guest violist sitting in; I suppose that breaks somewhat the monotony of playing with just the same people day in and day out. Be that as it may, the Leipzig Quartet has just issued this set of performances and they are terrific. First, I must say that MDG has given them warm, spacious sound. Second, their guest violist, Hartmut Rohde, fits right in. The Leipzigs have been making quite a name for themselves lately, having recorded all the Schuberts and the rarely recorded Reger quartet. They certainly have the high-Romantic sound in their ears, fingers and bow arms. They do not, however, have only one (Romantic) arrow in their quiver: they also have recorded all of Charles Ives's music for string quartet!

Is there anyone who can resist that glorious tune that opens and then dominates the first movement of the Op. 88 Quintet? OK, maybe Brahms repeats it a time or two too often in that long movement, but I for one never tire of it. Surely it is one of his happiest creations. The Leipzigers play it and the succeeding three movements with plenty of juice, just the way I like my Brahms. I despair when people say Brahms is an 'academic' or 'dry' composer whose use of old, classic forms is a throwback. (Are there really any people left who feel they have to diss Brahms in order to support Wagner?) These quintets certainly put the lie to that canard. This is hugely expressive music that, nonetheless, is best suited for the intimacy of a chamber music setting, not an orchestra. Brahms knew what he was doing.

The performance of the more popular Op. 111 quintet is just as good. The cellist starts things off with a spectacular statement of that first movement cello theme, reaching for the sky over the throbbing chords of his colleagues. This cello melody is hard to put across in the concert hall sometimes but here the sound seems to expand and carry one away. Again, there is simply nothing to criticize about the Leipzigers' performance. Make no mistake, this quartet is one of the best groups around and here they are on top of their form.

So, even if you already have several recordings of these pieces (and I would recommend those of the Hagen and Ludwig Quartets and of the Raphael Ensemble, as well as that old one on Nonesuch with the Boston Symphony players), you probably ought to investigate this new release. Listen to the snippets which presumably will soon be available here from Amazon and see if you don't agree.

TT=55 mins.

Scott Morrison
10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
The high praise is justified 29 Jan. 2010
By Russell I. Burnett - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
Other reviewers have already provided some great detail on what makes the Leipzig Quartet's recording of the two Brahms string quintets so good. I agree wholeheartedly with the praise they've offered. I have listened to a number of other recordings of these pieces (e.g. Raphael, Boston, Amadeus, Julliard, Brandis), and, truth be told, I thought they all sounded about equally good. But the Leipzig Quartet recording stands out as excellent, particularly in the Op. 88 Quintet, which I had previously found inferior to the Op. 111. On this disc both pieces come across as clear masterpieces. These are some of my favorite pieces by Brahms (or by any other composer for that matter), and the Leipzig Quartet has only solidified that standing.

I'm a bit embarrassed to admit I was not familiar with the MD&G label before buying this album, but I'm quite impressed by it now; high quality indeed. I'll be looking to explore more of its catalog in the near future.
14 of 16 people found the following review helpful
Now, This Is More Like It! 5 Sept. 2007
By Moldyoldie - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD Verified Purchase
Dear Herr Brahms,

I am so happy to report that you've been vindicated in my eyes (ears) as I'm hearing these truly wonderful works performed on a recording by the Leipzig String Quartet. What a world of difference from my earlier assessment of these works! You may recall that I was almost thoroughly repulsed by Sony's budget-priced recording by the Julliard Quartet & Walter Trampler (Brahms: String Quintets Nos. 1 & 2, Opp. 88 & 111); it was a perplexity as to whether my experience was a function of the performance, the recording, or (cough) the music itself.

In happy contrast, the performances and recording here are a model of clarity and sublime musicality! The long lines and textures are beautifully transparent and the music sings with alternating sorrow and exuberance -- two mature masterpieces of the chamber repertoire, not quite on a par with Schubert's incomparable Quintet in C, but exquisitely compelling nonetheless

Sincerely, and all the best wherever time and destiny may take you....
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
Very good performances and recording 5 Dec. 2011
By A Customer - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD Verified Purchase
My standard for these pieces has been the recording by the Boston Symphony Chamber Players. Recorded in analog sound several decades ago, their Nonesuch CD sounds as good as many recent all digital recordings. The performances by the Boston players seem to be somewhat faster and feature sharper attacks. The Leizigers play very well, if not with the elan of the Boston players. The newer CD has better sound, if not quite the audiophile quality claimed in the liner notes. So, while I enjoy the Leipziger Quartet's CD, my old standard remains.
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