Brahms: The Schoenberg Effect / Notos Quartett

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Label: SONY CLASSICAL
Catalog: 19439848002
Format: CD

Notos Quartett

The young German Notos Quartet received excellent reviews worldwide for its first album "Hungarian Treasures" (jpc 5847005) with the world premiere recording of Béla Bartok's Piano Quartet - and immediately the ECHO Klassik as "Young Artist of the Year". Their new recording for Sony Classical - this time with music by Johannes Brahms - also features a premiere recording: composer Andreas N. Tarkmann's arrangement of Brahms' Third Symphony, created especially for the Notos Quartet. To a certain extent, Arnold Schoenberg pointed the way to the arrangement of the symphony by arranging Brahms' Piano Quartet op. 25 for orchestra. The Notos Quartet takes the opposite path and wants to show the chamber music dimension in Brahms' third symphony: "Suddenly, structures never heard before open up, leading to a new and passionate listening experience - a symbiosis of symphonic sound bed and chamber music clarity and a proof of Brahms' supreme compositional mastery", says the Notos Quartet. And of course, the Notos Quartet also recorded the famous Piano Quartet Op. 25 for this album. "The ensemble, founded in 2007, demonstrates in the G minor quartet that the Notos Quartet has absolutely no lack of fire: the Hungarian temperament, which already flares up again and again in the first movement, shoots out particularly heatedly in the finale 'alla Zingarese'. But never quite unbridled: The recording finds an ideal balance of austerity and intoxication, of phases of grumbling and a passion that is only tamed with difficulty, as is so typical of Brahms." (Fono Forum, June 2021)

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