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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Maja Ellmenreich, Stephan Cahen
The Hagen Quartet performs on instruments made by Antonio Stradivari, known as the "Paganini" Quartet, generously on loan from the Nippon Music Foundation.
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Kirill Gerstein plays a Steinway & Sons D-274 Piano, Serial Number 573968
Kammermusiksaal Köln and Radio Bremen Sendesaal
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|Release Date||November 29, 2019|
“With the Piano Quintet, we enter a different world. This combination was, In those days, a novelty, ‘invented’ by Robert Schumann. The liner notes (downloadable as well) describe its complicated origin. Self-critical as Brahms was (as well as being susceptible to comments) the piece has been worked and reworked several times, resulting in something remarkably monumental, to my mind with symphonically allures, similar to his First Piano Quartet.”
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.
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