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Brahms: The String Quintets & Sextets
The Alexander String Quartet; Toby Appel, viola; David Requiro, cello;
The perennially beloved complete string quintets and sextets of Johannes Brahms, performed by the Alexander String Quartet with their cherished and beloved collaborators, violist Toby Appel and cellist David Requiro. These new recordings were produced by multi-Grammy® winner Judith Sherman in February 2013. Gorgeous and warmly blended, beautifully balanced sound are the dependable hallmarks of this stunning combination.
“It is almost as if this Quartet and their additional players for these Quintets and Sextets visualize the music as if it were a modern construction by Bartók or Stravinsky, and then work to modify the line according to those lights. What is amazing, then, is not that their performances are exciting and dynamic but that they still work within the parameters of Romantic-era music. … An excellent album…and well worth acquiring. The Quintets alone will simply blow you away.” —Lynn René Bayley, Fanfare Magazine
- 1-4: String Sextet No. 1 in B-flat Major, Op. 18 (Toby Appel, viola I; David Requiro, cello II;)
- 5-8: String Sextet No. 2 in G Major, Op. 36 (Toby Appel, viola II; David Requiro, cello I;)
- 9-11: String Quintet No. 1 in F Major, Op. 88 (Toby Appel, viola I)
- 12-15: String Quintet No. 2 in G Major, Op. 111 (Toby Appel, viola II)