Piano Quartet No. 1, Op. 25 – Academic Festival Overture, Op. 80

Claudio Vandelli, Wurth Philharmoniker

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Original Recording Format: DXD

Arnold Schoenberg’s rarely recorded orchestration of the Piano Quartet in G minor (1861) demonstrates that Johannes Brahms was in no way the traditionalist that his adherents made him out to be.

Brahms increasingly became a model for Schoenberg during his later years. In 1931, in a letter to the American music critic Alfred Frankenstein, Schoenberg wrote that he had learned a lot from Brahms: “plasticity of design,” “systematics of compositional structure,” and “economy and yet: richness”.

In his essay “Brahms the Progressive” (1933/47), Schoenberg termed his model the protagonist of a forward-looking aesthetic, which despite its orientation by Classical and Romantic principles paved the way for the “developing variation” of New Music. Schoenberg wrote: “It is the purpose of this essay to prove that Brahms, the classicist, the academician, was a great innovator in the realm of musical language, that, in fact, he was a great progressive.” At the time this was a thoroughly provocative thesis since until then Brahms had been regarded as a classicist and a “conservative” upholder of the tradition.

Schoenberg substantiated his view of Brahms with his orchestration of the Piano Quartet in G minor Op. 25 in 1937. Schoenberg’s arrangement for full orchestra is both late romantic and modern.

“The one weeps; the other laughs”, this is how Brahms characterized his two overtures composed in the spa town of Bad Ischl in 1880. The first referred to the Tragic Overture; the second was the Academic Festival Overture heard on this CD. The composer wrote it for the bestowal of his honorary doctorate at the University of Breslau, where he conducted the premiere of the work on 4 January 1881. A potpourri in classical formal guise, the music brings together student songs that were familiar at the time.

Tracklist

1.
Piano Quartet No. 1, Op. 25 - I. Allegro
14:19
2.
Piano Quartet No. 1, Op. 25 - II. Intermezzo. Allegro ma non troppo
08:07
3.
Piano Quartet No. 1, Op. 25 - III. Andante con moto
10:59
4.
Piano Quartet No. 1, Op. 25 - IV. Rondo alla zingarese. Presto
08:50
5.
Academic Festival Overture, Op. 80 - Academic Festival Overture, Op. 80
10:18

Total time: 00:52:33

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Original Recording Format

Cables

Siltech Mono-Crystal

Composers

Mastering Engineer

Bert van der Wolf

Mixing Board

Siltech Mono-Crystal

Notes

Dr. Matthias Corvin

Producer

Bert van der Wolf

Recording Engineer

Bert van der Wolf

Recording location

Carmen Würth Forum, Reinhold Würth Saal, Künzelsau-Gaisbach, Germany

Recording Type & Bit Rate

DXD

SKU

CC72831

Release Date February 2, 2020
SKU CC72831

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