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BRAHMS String Quartet in A minor Op.51 No.2
DVOŘÁK Piano Quintet in A Op.81
This programme brings together two great chamber works from the later part of the nineteenth century written by two friends: Brahms’s melancholy and expressive Quartet in A minor was one of a pair written in the summer of 1873 after he had destroyed many earlier attempts to write a string quartet. The last movement is based on a traditional Hungarian folk dance. Dvořák’s wonderfully melodic Piano Quintet of 1887 also draws on folk music, particularly in the sparkling third movement.
Audience Recommendation: “Brahms’s string quartet is one the composer’s finest creations. The energy of the first movement sets the tone for the rest of the piece as fragments of it are incorporated throughout until the Finale gently fades away.”
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