BRAHMS: PIANO QUARTET NO. 2; MAHLER PIANO QUARTET
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Brahms’ Piano Quartet No. 2 received a very sympathetic hearing in Vienna, Clara Schumann even preferring it to its immediate predecessor, the Piano Quartet, Op. 25 [Naxos 8.572798]. Its
lyricism is heightened by a romantically beautiful Adagio. Mahler’s vibrant
Piano Quartet in A minor dates from 1876, the end of his first year at the Vienna
Conservatory, where the only completed movement was first performed.
It was rediscovered among the effects of his widow Alma after her death in 1964, in a folder labelled “early compositions.” The work forms part of the soundtrack in Martin Scorsese’s 2010 motion
picture Shutter Island.
The career of internationally admired Uzbek pianist Eldar
Nebolsin was launched with his triumph at the 11th Santander
International Piano Competition in 1992 where he got the
Grand Prix and the Prize for the best performance of the Mozart
concerto. He won First prize at the 2005 Sviatoslav Richter
International Piano Competition.