Gernsheim: Piano Quartets Nos. 1 & 3

Gernsheim: Piano Quartets Nos. 1 & 3
Composer Friedrich Gernsheim
Artist Diogenes Quartet
Andreas Kirpal piano
Stefan Kirpal violin
Stephanie Krauß viola
Stephen Ristau cello
Format 1 CD
Cat. number 93997
EAN code 5028421939971
Release October 2009

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About this release

The music of the German composer, conductor, performer and musical director, Friedrich Gernsheim (1839–1916), unlike his more successful contemporaries, Camille Saint-Saëns and Max Bruch, has never achieved the popularity that its quality merits. Although his compositions display the intelligence, discipline and complexity of his great friend and inspiration, Johannes Brahms, Gernsheim’s music fell out of fashion after his death, as avant-garde composers ushered in a new style that overshadowed his Romantic masterpieces.

This release contains the piano quartets No. 1 and No. 3, great performances by the Diogenes Quartet.

Track list

Disk 1

  1. Piano Quartet No. 3 in F, Op. 47: I. Allegro tranquillo
  2. Piano Quartet No. 3 in F, Op. 47: II. Allegro energico e appassionato
  3. Piano Quartet No. 3 in F, Op. 47: III. Andante cantabile
  4. Piano Quartet No. 3 in F, Op. 47: IV. Tema con Variazioni. Allegro moderato e pesante – un poco sostenuto e molto energico – Grave – Andantino – Allegretto scherzando ma ben misurato – Animato e con brio
  5. Piano Quartet No. 1 in E-Flat, Op. 6: I. Allegro ma non troppo
  6. Piano Quartet No. 1 in E-Flat, Op. 6: II. Allegro vivace assai
  7. Piano Quartet No. 1 in E-Flat, Op. 6: III. Andante con moto
  8. Piano Quartet No. 1 in E-Flat, Op. 6: IV. Allegro con brio