Brahms: String Quartets in C minor op.51 no.1, in A minor op.51 no.2 & in B flat major op.67, Piano Quintet in F minor op.34

The Emerson Quartet takes a generally severe view of Brahms’s three quartets. From the beginning of the C minor there is a sense of steely purpose, with clipped staccato quavers and a driving pace. The fat vibrato of the violinists brings little in the way of sweetness, and there is ...

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