The Primrose’s new historically informed recording of Brahms’ Piano Quartets received the highest praise in a five star review in Musical Opinion Quarterly (July – september 2019):
“This new set is much more than passing interest and in many ways goes to the top of the recommended list – not least for the intriguing and very successful decision to record these three masterpieces using three different pianos fo the period.
But that, at heart, is a superficial view: these performances are manifestly born of deep acquaintance with the music – in no way can they be regarded as mere “play-throughs” of the “rehearse-record” approach of less committed artists: time and agin one senses the depth of understanding of these players, caught in recordings of quality and depth of balance, It is a life-enhancing pleasure to renew acquaintance with these imperishable masterpieces in this way, and one must give this issue the highest recommendation.” Robert Matthew-Walker
It was highlighted on BBC Radio 3’s Record Review (March 2019) and described by Andrew McGregor:
“This weeks best new best releases… a recording of Brahms’ three piano quartets with a difference… They’ve made every effort they can to recapture as much of the sound Brahms would have had in his ears. Once you’ve dialled in the different balance between the instruments and the individual sounds of the three period pianos you realise you are also listening to three excellent performances of the Brahms’ quartets. I’ve enjoyed them a great deal..”
And a 5 star notice in Classical Source, where Tully Potter writes:
“performances unlike any others of Brahms’s Piano Quartets that have come my way… They feature piano-playing of the highest class, on interesting instruments, and string-playing that does justice to the music. They will happily sit on your shelves as alternatives to your favourite high-powered, modern-instrument versions.”
Read the full review and more CD reviews.
Full details about the recording – the pianos and venue, approach to the performances, etc – here.
Primrose in conversation with Melanie Spanswick
Purchase your copy of the double CD set here