Monday 7 September 2015

Opera Click: Brahms Piano Quartet no.1 - Netherlands Philharmonic Orchestra/ Marc Albrecht



“Marc Albrecht’s account is joyful and refreshing, rich in dynamics with fast and brisk tempos that turn the famous final Rondo alla zingarese in a breath taking orchestral firework.”

 

Our recording of “Brahms Piano Quartet no.1”with Marc Albrecht and the Netherlands Philharmonic Orchestra has received yet another fantastic review from the Opera Click! The article was beautifully written to reveal Marc Albrecht’s interpretation to bring the life of the colossal story behind this piece and the accurate playing of the Netherlands Philharmonic Orchestra. Below you can find the exceptional review.

The label Pentatone issues a new recording featuring conductor Marc Albrecht and the Netherlands Philharmonic Orchestra presenting Brahms’ Piano Quartet for violin, alto, cello and piano in g minor op. 25 in the orchestration by Arnold Schöenberg. Schöenberg orchestrated the quartet during his exile in California following a commission by Otto Klemperer who premiered it with the Los Angeles Philharmonic Orchestra. It is more of a rewriting than an arrangement, giving to Brahms’ music a flamboyant and glorious sound: Marc Albrecht’s account is joyful and refreshing, rich in dynamics with fast and brisk tempos that turn the famous final Rondo alla zingarese in a breathtaking orchestral firework.

[ Listen to it now: ]

 

A real gem serve as a fill up of this CD: it is the Accompaniment to a cinematographic scene a nine minutes piece, seldom performed and seldom recorded, written by Schöenberg in 1929, upon request of the publisher Heinrichshofen. Marc Albrecht successfully brings to life the sense of imminent catastrophe that pervades this music; a catastrophe set to begin with Hitler becoming chancellor of the Reich after the 1933 elections after which the composer emigrated to US. It is an enigmatic piece worthy to be listened, which deserves to be list among Schöenberg’s masterpieces, which finds in this recording a wonderful interpretation.

The playing of the Netherlands Philharmonic Orchestra is precise and idiomatic in both pieces; the orchestra easily switches from the rich and warm sonority of the Quartet to the diverse atmospheres and moods of the Accompaniment. An excellent Super CD Audio studio recording realized in NedPHOKopel in Amsterdam in August 2014 serves this welcome release which I warmly recommend.

 

Edoardo Saccenti