17 of 17 people found the following review helpful
Classic recordings not to be dismissed!,
This review is from: Brahms: Complete Piano Quartets (Audio CD)
Sorry, but I can't agree with the other review of these classic recordings of Brahms' piano quartets. Brahms often needs a more red-blooded approach than is sometimes heard. The Beaux Arts Trio with Walter Trampler and Menahem Pressler provide this but also perform with all the sensitivity, verve, and above all musicality, which so strongly characterise Brahms' chamber music. The beautiful slow movements contain all the necessary lyricism without being bland, while faster movements such as the fiery Hungarian gypsy rondo finale of Quartet no.1 are full of the excitement one would hope for, yet with no loss of control.
These recordings have long remained in the catalogue and for good reason (3-stars in the Penguin Guide). For many musicians (including myself) they would be first choice for the complete set. If one has to pick and choose, then perhaps for added nobility (and panache in the rondo finale of no.1), Artur Rubinstein's recording with members of the Guaneri Quartet on RCA would be first choice - though sadly no.2 is not included in that set.