Johannes Brahms: Piano Quintet & String Quartet No.3

Peter Frankl made his name on the international circuit as a young pianist in the 1960s and, since that time, he has appeared many world renowned conductors. Following his London debut in 1962 and his New York debut with the Cleveland Orchestra, he has been performing with many orchestras in the USA and Europe including all the London orchestras and has given master classes all over the world, including the Royal Academy and Royal College in London, Liszt Academy in Budapest and the Van Cliburn Institute in Texas. He lives in London and is visiting professor at Yale University in the USA.

Founded in Vienna in 1980, the Artis-Quartett launched an international career with regular performances in the world's most important music centres including New York, London, Paris, Tokyo, Berlin, Vienna and Amsterdam. In Vienna they have performed an annual cycle of concerts at the Wiener Musikverein since 1988. Performances of complete quartets of composers included Schubert, Mendelssohn, Webern, Mozart, Zemlinsky and G. von Einem. The Quartet teaches at the Universities in Vienna and Graz and has held masterclasses around the world.

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How romantic music should be played is not really different from Baroque or Classical. And though recordings like this, the Viennese Artis Quartet playing the third String Quartet (op.67) and the Piano Quintet (op.34) by Johannes Brahms, could lead to an important discourse.

Because can also hear, also thanks to the wonderful string players and congenial breathing Hungarian pianist Peter Frankl (he studied with Leo Weiner and Zoltan Kodaly!), how clear and un-kitschy this music can be played and how it therefore develops enormous expressiveness. Wilhelm Sinkovicz, Klassik

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