Inspired by Mozart's violin sonatas, the 15 year old Beethoven penned three piano quartets that foreshadowed the genius he would reach in adulthood. This optimistic early quartet exudes the innocence of youth and a delightful curiosity, tempered by immense respect for the experience and mastery of his forebears.
Aaron Copland described Fauré as "the French Brahms," and his unjustly neglected second quartet powerfully confirms this epithet. Written at the height of his creative powers, this quartet not only delivers premonitions of impressionism and serialism, it is a summation of the romantic piano quartet genre itself.
LUDWIG VAN BEETHOVEN - Piano Quartet in E flat Major, WoO36 No.1
GABRIEL FAURÉ - Piano Quartet No.2 in G minor, Op.45
Sydney Opera House @ 2 Macquarie St, Sydney NSW, 2000, Australia
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