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Piano Quintets - Kodaly Quartet

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  • Audio CD (1 Jan 2000)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Naxos
  • ASIN: B0000013QU
  • Other Editions: MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 784,670 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Listen  1. Piano Quintet in E flat major, Op. 44: I. Allegro brillante 9:06Album Only
Listen  2. Piano Quintet in E flat major, Op. 44: II. In modo d'una marcia. Un poco largamente 8:06Album Only
Listen  3. Piano Quintet in E flat major, Op. 44: III. Scherzo: Molto vivace - Trio I - Trio II - L'istesso tempo 4:44£0.89  Buy MP3 
Listen  4. Piano Quintet in E flat major, Op. 44: IV. Allegro, ma non troppo 7:05£0.89  Buy MP3 
Listen  5. Piano Quintet in F minor, Op. 34: I. Allegro non troppo11:03Album Only
Listen  6. Piano Quintet in F minor, Op. 34: II. Andante, un poco adagio 8:19Album Only
Listen  7. Piano Quintet in F minor, Op. 34: III. Scherzo: Allegro - Trio 7:17£0.89  Buy MP3 
Listen  8. Piano Quintet in F minor, Op. 34: IV. Finale: Poco sostenuto - Allegro non Troppo - Presto, non troppo10:34Album Only

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Schumann's Piano Quintet has always been one of his most beloved pieces of chamber music, and Brahms's was one of his first great musical successes. Neither composer ever explored the medium again, so the two works make a very logical coupling. Alone among major labels today, Naxos seems dedicated to creating a truly comprehensive catalogue of chamber music recordings, and even more importantly, to keeping them in print long enough for music lovers to explore their musical riches. In artists like the Kodaly Quartet and Jeno Jando, they have musicians of as fine a caliber as you will find anywhere, and at budget price you can go crazy. And you should. --David Hurwitz

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By helendb on 29 Oct 2010
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These two masterpieces make an ideal partnership on disc.

I first became aware of Jeno Jando because I purchased on impulse a recording of Haydn Sonatas, the playing of which was very impressive. I therefore readily purchased these two works played by Mr. Jando and the Kodaly Quartet and I have not been disappointed. The playing and ensemble in each work is very impressive; one immediately realizes on listening to these musicians that they are actually enjoying themselves and the enjoyment shines through in each of the four movements of both works.

There are a couple of momentary lapses by the violins in the first movement of the Schumann but these are too insignificant to downgrade the five star grading of this disc.

All the instruments are well balanced and the recorded sound is a lovely vibrant texture.

There may be other recordings which are more spectacularly played but I doubt whether they are played with such enjoyment and for that reason, I have no hesitation in recommending these recordings.
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55 of 55 people found the following review helpful
You Must Buy This CD (Period) 13 Oct 2001
By Christopher Smith - Published on
Format: Audio CD
It may be true that the best things in life are free, but there are some none-too-shabby accessories that cost only six bucks and add to the pleasure of it all. This CD is exhibit A for that little generalization. These two quintets are major, milestone pieces for both composers, and most labels are too miserly to put them together, preferring instead to attach a minor piece to each and leave it at that, hoping you'll buy both. Not so Naxos-a label that has become synonymous with quality and quantity.

Jando and the Kodaly Quartet have separately established their reputations as formidable interpreters of the Viennese and Romantic traditions: Jando with his Mozart, Beethoven, and Liszt; the Kodaly Quartet with their Haydn. Their coming together on this recording is a triumph, and I can't imagine (and certainly haven't heard) a more satisfying performance of either piece. Their playing is forthright, vigorous, and appropriately dramatic, which is entirely in keeping with the scope and scale of what Schumann and Brahms composed. The sound is rich and full, and the piano part is quite forward. I don't think Jando pushes his presence at all, but I've heard the two pieces in performance in the last year and I was surprised how comparatively understated the piano part was in both. In any case, I like, without reservation, the lack of restraint Jando and the Kodaly go for here.
As for the quintets themselves, they represent mid-nineteenth-century Romanticism at its best, and only Shostakovitch and Faure can even approach them where this genre as a whole is concerned. While it doesn't quite possess the monumental qualities of his opus 25 and 26 piano quartets, the Brahms quintet is still massively ambitious in its conception, and it seems to combine the drama of his first piano quartet with the lyrical introspection and spaciousness of the second. The work just teems with ideas: from the wild entrance of the piano part in the first movement; to one of the saddest, most beautiful andantes I've ever heard; to the expansive finale, which seems an entire work in and of itself.
I bought this CD because I wanted a copy of the Brahms quintet; however, I have to say the Schumann quintet has become the piece I listen to more than any other right now. Schumann strikes me as a brilliant but rather erratic composer, who excelled at short, thematically linked piano pieces but often struggled with longer forms. Yet there are occasions-the piano concerto, the opus 17 fantasy, and this quintet-where he created and sustained pure, uncontestable magic across the board. Unlike the Brahms, I'd never heard this quintet before, and when I did I couldn't believe how good it was. To me it seems one of the most perfect pieces ever written. The first movement has the most beautifully yearning, singing melody imaginable, while the eerie second movement shimmers with a kind of ghostly foreboding. Yet after these unforgettable moments, he somehow manages to augment and resolve everything in the scherzo and finale, without the diminution of drama that often plagues third and fourth movements. Since I've had this recording, my respect for Schumann has soared. This quintet is a composition you simply must have, and I can't think of any other way of adequately praising it. Together with the Brahms its an unbeatable listening experience. Ergo, you must buy this CD.
27 of 27 people found the following review helpful
Intellectual and Artistic Exercises of the Highest Order 17 Oct 2003
By Avid Reader - Published on
Format: Audio CD
Two outstanding features of this recording: (1) The compositions themselves. These two composer friends excelled in chamber music, perhaps the most cerebral of all musical forms. What is more remarkable is the superior quality of their work - the ingenuity, originality and verve that both brought to the genre. They set the standard that others have tried to match ever since.
The two works are in turn dramatic, haunting, intense, melodic, extremely inventive - the hallmarks of mid-Romanticism. The Brahms Quintet in F Minor is one of the 19th Century Musical Cornerstones - what an accomplishment.
(2) The Kodaly Quartet is perfect for this pair in both temperament and persuasion. They are as much craftsmen as artists and this fact gives their Romantic playing such a firm basis. The Kodaly is one of the finest in the world and has been woefully underrated. (I have numerous recordings of theirs, all top notch.) Their interpretation is always correct - nothing eccentric or in left field. This is a MUST CD.
16 of 17 people found the following review helpful
Distinguished Accounts of Both Works 12 Sep 2001
By A Customer - Published on
Format: Audio CD
This is another of the many Naxos' disks that are cheap in price only. Here we have distinguished performances from all involved, especially Jeno Jando, who has completed traversals of the Haydn and Beethoven sonata cycles for Naxos, as well as recorded the lion's share of other projects (such as Liszt's complete piano music) for the label. His work at the keyboard is beyond reproach: assured, dynamic, emotive. The strings give a good account of themselves as well, and all are captured in a fine, slightly recessed but very truthful recording. Not a stellar performance, perhaps, but one that is highly competitive, especially at Naxos' price.
13 of 16 people found the following review helpful
A wonderful CD 6 Aug 2005
By J. Michael Winsor - Published on
Format: Audio CD Verified Purchase
This CD contains the piano quintet that I think is the best in the world, the one by Brahms. I remember hearing this quintet numerous times during the Van Cliburn semi-finals back in the 1980's at TCU. The quartet was the Tokyo String Quartet. I could not find the Brahm's quintet by them, but the one I bought is very fine.
11 of 14 people found the following review helpful
High praise, coming from a Jando detractor, but with a caveat... 12 Jun 2006
By Daniel Adams - Published on
Format: Audio CD
Typically, I'm not a Jeno Jando fan. I find his Beethoven Appassionata absolutely dispassionate. I readily acknowledge his unsurpassed technique, but usually find him cold a la Brendel.

So imagine my surprise when I listened to the recordings of these two works. Kodaly keeps Jando honest, and the pianist shines, occasionally even turning the piano into a percussive instrument. (Imagine that!)

The Schumann Quintet sparkles with invention and passion. I can find scant room for improvement in the rendition given.

As to the Brahms, this is where the meat of this CD lies. The performance is full of depth, despair, and the ensemble they create is outstanding. Furthermore, the stresses given in critical passages by the strings are brilliant. It may not quite equal the brilliance of the famed Pollini recording, but I believe it pulls even with the Philips disc in terms of unspeakable passion.

All this is marred by one unforgivable omission: the first movement repeat. This mistake is glaring, throwing the balance of the movement off completely. Considering that the running time of the disc is slightly under 1:07 and modern CDs are rated to 1:20, there is no suitable excuse.

So, while it is one of the best DDD recordings of this monstrous work, be forewarned about that problem.
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