Piano Quintet

Michail Lifits - Shostakovich: 24 Preludes, Op. 34 & Piano Quintet, Op. 57 (2017) [Official Digital Download 24/96]

Michail Lifits - Shostakovich: 24 Preludes, Op. 34 & Piano Quintet, Op. 57 (2017)
FLAC (tracks) 24-bit/96 kHz | Time - 72:30 minutes | 1.18 GB
Studio Master, Official Digital Download | Artwork: Front Cover

With his "mature sound, seemingly full of wisdom" (Süddeutsche Zeitung), his sensible, delicately balanced touch, and his interpretive maturity, Michail Lifits casts a spell over audience and press alike.
Brodsky Quartet, Natacha Kudritskaya - Brahms: String Quartet, Op.51 No.1, Piano Quintet, Op.34 (2016)

Brodsky Quartet, Natacha Kudritskaya - Brahms: String Quartet, Op.51 No.1, Piano Quintet, Op.34 (2016)
EAC | FLAC (image+.cue, log) | Covers + Digital Booklet | 76:30 | 323 MB
Genre: Classical | Label: Chandos Records | Catalog: CHAN 10892

The Brodsky Quartet presents this second volume in its exploration of Brahms’s complete string quartets. The first, which also featured the Clarinet Quintet with Michael Collins, received numerous enthusiastic reviews, The Guardian praising the players for their ‘immaculate’ performance. The String Quartet, Op. 51 No. 1, featured here, was written alongside its contrasting companion, Op. 51 No. 2. Both were finally published in 1873 after having been held back for years by a typically self-doubting Brahms, until he had brought them to his own high standards of perfection.
Pacifica Quartet & Menahem Pressler - Brahms: Piano Quintet, Op. 34 - R. Schumann: String Quartet, Op. 41 No. 1 (2017)

Pacifica Quartet & Menahem Pressler - Brahms: Piano Quintet, Op. 34 - R. Schumann: String Quartet, Op. 41 No. 1
EAC Rip | FLAC (tracks)+cue, log, front cover | 71:34 min | 304 MB
Label: Cedille - CDR 90000 170 | Tracks: 08 | Rls.date: 2017
Classical, Chamber Music

The internationally celebrated, Grammy Award-winning Pacifica Quartet joins forces with legendary pianist Menahem Pressler of the Beaux Arts Trio for Johannes Brahms’s Piano Quintet in F Minor, Op. 34, a pillar of German Romanticism that opens with one of the most recognizable melodies in classical music. Pressler, a consummate chamber artist, performs the virtuosic piano part with a clarity and transparency that makes the piano seem like a fellow member of the string ensemble.
Silesian String Quartet - Weinberg: String Quartet No. 7 & Piano Quintet (2017)

Silesian String Quartet - Weinberg: String Quartet No. 7 & Piano Quintet
Classical | WEB FLAC (tracks) & d. booklet | 69:31 min | 272 MB
Label: CD Accord | Tracks: 08 | Rls.date: 2017

The Silesian Quartet’s most recent release under the CD Accord label is the first in the series of Mieczysław Wajnberg’s complete chamber works with string quartet. The album containing the String Quartet No. 7 in C major Op. 59 and the Piano Quintet in F minor Op. 18 (with pianist Piotr Sałajczyk) inaugurates a 7CD-series which will be completed in 2019 – the year of Wajnberg’s birth centenary. With this series, the Silesian Quartet pays tribute to this eminent Polish artist, considered as one of the greatest composers of the 20th century. His impressive output of compositions is now being rediscovered and is increasingly winning acclaim among both musicians and audiences worldwide.
Pacifica Quartet & Menahem Pressler - Brahms: Piano Quintet, Op. 34 - Schumann: String Quartet, Op. 41 No. 1 (2017)

Pacifica Quartet & Menahem Pressler - Brahms: Piano Quintet, Op. 34 - Schumann: String Quartet, Op. 41 No. 1 (2017)
Classical | MP3 CBR 320 kbps | 01:11:33 | 164 MB
Label: Cedille | Release Year: 2017

The internationally celebrated, Grammy Award-winning Pacifica Quartet joins forces with legendary pianist Menahem Pressler of the Beaux Arts Trio for Johannes Brahms’s Piano Quintet in F Minor, Op. 34, a pillar of German Romanticism that opens with one of the most recognizable melodies in classical music. Pressler, a consummate chamber artist, performs the virtuosic piano part with a clarity and transparency that makes the piano seem like a fellow member of the string ensemble.
Takacs Quartet, Marc-Andre Hamelin - Robert Schumann: String Quartet, Op. 41, No. 3; Piano Quintet, Op. 44 (2009)

Robert Schumann - String Quartet in A major; Piano Quintet in E flat major (2009)
Takács String Quartet; Marc-André Hamelin, piano

XLD | FLAC | Tracks (Cue&Log) ~ 234 Mb (incl 5%) | Mp3 (CBR320) ~ 140 Mb (incl 5%) | Scans included
Genre: Classical | Label: Hyperion | # CDA67631 | Time: 00:56:33

The peerless Takacs Quartet recently nominated for a Gramophone award for their second disc of Brahms's string quartets, continue their exploration of the Romantic chamber music tradition with this disc of Schumann. The Piano Quintet is by far Schumann's most popular chamber work and one of the most beloved works in the genre. Schumann was the first romantic composer to pair the piano with the string quartet. Schumann studied the string quartets of Beethoven, Mozart and Haydn and his quartet Op. 41 No. 3 demonstrates these influences. However, it contains many highly original strokes, particularly the casting of the scherzo as a set of variations. The Takacs Quartet are joined by Marc-Andre Hamelin in an invigorating partnership that has already been widely acclaimed on the concert platform.
Takacs Quartet, Marc-Andre Hamelin - Cesar Franck: Piano Quintet; Claude Debussy: String Quartet (2016)

César Franck - Piano Quintet; Claude Debussy - String Quartet (2016)
Takács String Quartet; Marc-André Hamelin, piano

EAC | FLAC | Tracks (Cue&Log) ~ 252 Mb (incl 5%) | Mp3 (CBR320) ~ 153 Mb (incl 5%)
Genre: Classical | Label: Hyperion | # CDA68061 | Time: 01:02:23 | Booklet included

Franck’s Piano Quintet and Debussy’s String Quartet make an apt and unusual coupling, each work its composer’s only, unsurpassable, contribution to the genre. Both receive authoritative performances from Marc-André Hamelin and the Takács Quartet.
Maurizio Pollini - Brahms: Piano Quintet Op.34  (1980/2016) [TR24][OF]

Maurizio Pollini - Brahms: Piano Quintet Op.34
Classical | FLAC (tracks) 24-bit/96 kHz | 43:45 min | 864 MB | Digital booklet
Label: Deutsche Grammophon | Tracks: 04 | Rls.date: 1980/2016

"Maurizio Pollini and the Quartetto Italiano in Brahms sounds like a dream ticket … and so it proves to be … the legendary luminosity of sound is still there, as is the beautiful precision, perfectly complemented by Pollini's clarity and control of touch." - Gramophone
Takács Quartet & Marc-André Hamelin - Franck: Piano Quintet; Debussy: String Quartet (2016) [TR24][OF]

Takács Quartet & Marc-André Hamelin - Franck: Piano Quintet; Debussy: String Quartet
Classical | FLAC (tracks) 24-bit/96 kHz | 62:18 min | 1.04 GB | Digital booklet
Label: Hyperion | Tracks: 07 | Rls.date: 2016

Marc-André Hamelin and the Takács Quartet follow up their 2016 Grammy nominated recording of Shostakovich with a program featuring Franck's Piano Quintet and Debussy's String Quartet. These authoritative performances make an unusual yet apt coupling as each work respectively is the composer's only, unsurpassable, contribution to a genre.
Maria João Pires, Claudio Abbado - Schumann: Piano Concerto, Piano Quintet (2000)

Maria João Pires, Claudio Abbado - Schumann: Piano Concerto, Piano Quintet (2000)
XLD Rip | FLAC (tracks+.cue, log) - 249 MB | MP3 (CBR 320 kbps) - 150 MB | Covers Included | 01:02:03
Genre: Classical | Label: Deutsche Grammophon | Catalog: 463179

Deutsche Grammophon has another excellent Schumann Concerto in its catalog, the Pollini/Abbado, with the Berlin Philharmonic, coupled with a good but not great Schoenberg Piano Concerto. Not surprisingly, Pollini is more muscular and evenly balanced in the Schumann, even if he is, as usual, a bit straitlaced. Pires is always the sensitive and probing artist, or so it seems. Here, she is alert from the opening descending chords to the expressive potential in every bar. She puts much more thinking and feeling in her interpretation than Pollini and most others I've heard.