(featuring : Pianist Emil Gilels ; Norbert Brainin playing Violine ; Violist Peter Schidlf ; and, Martin Lovett playing Violoncello)
The work featured on this album, Johannes Brahms (1833-97) First Piano Quartet, was a watershed in the German's career : It represented his first masterpiece in larger form, instead of the purely Piano-based - but nonetheless masterful - pieces, that he had previously been solely toying with.
One of the reasons for his initial hesitancy, to move to compose for wider selections of instruments, was his lifelong lack of self-belief and hesitation ; facets that were not helped by such incidents, as the passing of both his mother, and also his mentor, Robert Schumann, who had previously stunned his young protegy, by descending into irreversible mental breakdown ...
This composition, and also its successor, the Second Piano Quartet, were composed in the prosaic atmosphere of the trading city of Hamburg, Brahms' native area.
Side One : Piano Quartet No.1 in G minor op.25, by Brahms :-
1) I Allegro 2) II Allegro.
Side Two : Piano Quartet No.1 (conclusion) :-
1) III Andante con moto 2) IV Rondo alla Zingarese : Presto.
Records graded visually to RRPG grades (record/sleeve) EX/EX-.