Brahms - String Quartet No. 3 in B flat major, Op. 67 and Piano Quintet in F minor, Op. 34 (2019)

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Hagen Quartett

Kirill Gerstein (born 23 October 1979) is a Russian-American pianist. He is the sixth recipient of the Gilmore Artist Award. An American citizen since 2003, Gerstein divides his time between the United States and Germany and is currently a professor of piano at the Musikhochschule Stuttgart.

After decades of playing together, the members of the Hagen Quartet are at the apex of their interpretative careers. Tonal and rhythmic coordination is totally effortless. The “baton passing”, from one instrument to the next, is impossibly smooth. The four members of the ensemble truly play like a single organism. At the same time, they still share with their listeners a tremendous pleasure of exploring together all the corners of the repertoire. Together with Kirill Gerstein, they are a genius couple.

The Hagen Quartet performs on instruments made by Antonio Stradivari, known as the "Paganini" Quartet, generously on loan from the Nippon Music Foundation. Kirill Gerstein plays a Steinway & Sons D-274 Piano, Serial Number 573968

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Kirill Gerstein

Kirill Gerstein’s curiosity and versatility has led to an intense engagement with a wide range of repertoire and styles. From Bach to Adès, his playing is distinguished by its clarity of expression, discerning intelligence and virtuosity. Gerstein’s energetic and imaginative musical personality has taken him rapidly to the top of his profession. 2015 saw the release of the world premiere recording of Tchaikovsky’s First Piano Concerto in the composer`s own final version from 1879. The recording won an ECHO Klassik award and was nominated for a BBC Music Magazine Award. Based in Berlin, Kirill Gerstein appears world-wide in performances ranging from concerts with the Chicago and Cleveland Orchestras, the Royal Concertgebouw, Vienna and Berlin Philharmonics, to recitals in London, Paris and New York. He is the sixth recipient of the prestigious Gilmore Artist Award, presented every four years to an exceptional pianist who, regardless of age or nationality, possesses broad and profound musicianship and charisma, and who performs internationally at the highest level. The prize enabled Gerstein to commission new works by Oliver Knussen, Chick Corea, Alexander Goehr, Brad Mehldau and Timothy Andres.

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Brahms - String Quartet No. 3 in B flat major, Op. 67 and Piano Quintet in F minor, Op. 34 (2019)

Brahms

Hagen Quartett

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The Hagen Quartet strikes a decisively angular tone for Brahms's final string quartet. The first movement has a strikingly brusque feel to it. This lets up slowly in the second movement, and in the third, the tone is sweet and tender. The strong contrast between the expressive quality of the movements, as well as the wide range of tonal colors, make it clear why the Hagen Quartet is held in such high esteem. They are joined by Kirill Gerstein for the piano quintet, who fits in wonderfully with the other musicians, keeping pace with their versatile approach.

Brahms - String Quartet No. 3 in B flat major, Op. 67 and Piano Quintet in F minor, Op. 34 (2019)

Brahms

Hagen Quartett

Exeecutive Producers: Maja Ellmenreich, Stephan Cahen
Mastering Engineer: Stephan Cahen
Notes: The Hagen Quartet performs on instruments made by Antonio Stradivari, known as the "Paganini" Quartet, generously on loan from the Nippon Music Foundation.
Piano: Kirill Gerstein plays a Steinway & Sons D-274 Piano, Serial Number 573968
Piano Technician: Daniel Brech
Producer: Stephan Cahen
Recording Engineer: Stephan Cahen
Recording Location: Kammermusiksaal Köln and Radio Bremen Sendesaal
Recording Type & Bit Rate: DSD

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String Quartet No. 3 in B flat major, Op. 67 - Vivace
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String Quartet No. 3 in B flat major, Op. 67 - Andante
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String Quartet No. 3 in B flat major, Op. 67 - Agitato, Allegretto non troppo - Trio - Coda
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String Quartet No. 3 in B flat major, Op. 67 - Poco Allegretto con Variazioni
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Piano Quintet in F minor, Op. 34 - Allegro non troppo
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Piano Quintet in F minor, Op. 34 - Andante, un poco Adagio
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Piano Quintet in F minor, Op. 34 - Scherzo. Allegro
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Piano Quintet in F minor, Op. 34 - Finale. Poco sostenuto - Allegro non troppo ??Presto, non troppo
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