Brahms: Piano Quartets Nos. 1-3 (Complete)

This page lists all recordings of Piano Quartets Nos. 1-3 (Complete), by Johannes Brahms (1833-97) on CD, SACD & download (MP3 & FLAC). Generally, more recent releases are listed first, but with priority given to those that are in stock.

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Brahms: The Complete Chamber Music

Brahms: The Complete Chamber Music


Violin Sonatas Nos. 1-3 (complete)

Sonatensatz (Scherzo from the F.A.E. sonata), WoO 2

Cello Sonata No. 1 In E Minor, Op. 38

Cello Sonata No. 2 in F major, Op. 99

Clarinet Sonata No. 1 in F minor, Op. 120 No. 1

Clarinet Sonata No. 2 in E flat major, Op. 120 No. 2

Piano Trios Nos. 1-3 (Complete)

Clarinet Trio in A minor, Op. 114

Horn Trio in E flat major, Op. 40

Piano Quartets Nos. 1-3 (Complete)

String Quartet No. 1 in C minor, Op. 51 No. 1

String Quartet No. 2 in A minor, Op. 51 No. 2

String Quartet No. 3 in B flat major, Op. 67

Piano Quintet in F minor, Op. 34

Sonata for 2 pianos in F minor, Op. 34b

Variations on a theme by Haydn for two pianos, Op. 56b 'St Anthony Variations'

String Quintet No. 1 in F major, Op. 88

String Quintet No. 2 in G major, Op. 111

Clarinet Quintet in B minor, Op. 115

String Sextet No. 1 in B flat major, Op. 18

String Sextet No. 2 in G major, Op. 36

This release is set to cause quite a stir in a number of ways: It is the first-ever complete video release of Brahms’s chamber music and most of the films presented here are so far unpublished. Moreover, the 15 hours of SD-quality video material presented here on a single Blu-ray disc are equivalent to about eight standard DVD releases. This edition features great performances by today’s most outstanding artists showcasing their thrilling artistry in inimitable performances. A must for any Brahms aficionado.

NTSC - 4:3, 4:3 Letter box

PCM Stereo / DD 2.0 (documentary, workshop)

DE/EN documentary “Wären nicht die Frauen” / “But for women”

Subtitles: DE/EN (workshop for String Quintet)

Region code: All (A1/B2/C3) Region free

Running time: 938 mins

Production years: 1962-1997

EuroArts Classic Archive - 8024264014

(SD Blu-Ray)


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Brahms: Piano Quartets Nos. 1-3 (Complete)

Brahms: Piano Quartets Nos. 1-3 (Complete)

“Beautifully engineered, these disarmingly antural and eloquent performances bring out the music's inherent drama with a deft touch while indulging Brahms's lyrical instincts to the full.” BBC Music Magazine, October 2014 ****

Nimbus Alliance - NI6279

(CD - 2 discs)


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Brahms: Piano Quartets Nos. 1-3 (Complete)

Brahms: Piano Quartets Nos. 1-3 (Complete)

Pro Arte Piano Quartet

The Pro Arte Piano Quartet was formed in 1989 by principal members of the renowned Academy of St Martin in the Fields Chamber Ensemble in collaboration with pianist Hamish Milne. The Strad commented that “the quartet is a group that - with total musical assurance- quietly produces concerts of exceptional calibre”. A convincing case could be presented for Brahms’ three Piano Quartets being the greatest of all. Setting aside for the moment an early abandoned quartet in C sharp minor, these works were begun in the first years of Brahms’ maturity. Much has been made of their perfection of form and in this respect, they are certainly a step forward from the early piano sonatas but even though they withstand the most rigorous academic analysis it is surely their wonderful richness and variety of expression that makes them enduring masterpieces.

Quartz - QTZ2105

(CD - 2 discs)


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Brahms: Piano Quartets Nos. 1-3 (Complete)

Brahms: Piano Quartets Nos. 1-3 (Complete)

Derek Han (piano), Isabelle Faust (violin), Bruno Giuranna (viola) & Alain Meunier (cello)

The chamber works of Johannes Brahms (1833–1897) have long been seen as a window onto the German composer’s rigorous, intricate approach to composition and restrained yet Romantic style. This is true of his piano quartets; although he only composed three, in their individual characters and masterful control of musical material, they are an integral aspect of Brahms’s chamber output.

The Piano Quartet in G minor Op.25, the earliest of Brahms’s works in this genre, reveals the composer’s great creativity. Based on short motifs that are continuously extended and combined to form larger structures, it draws on song-like melodies in the first movement and Hungarian folk music in the finale, to create a work that, at times, seems to stray into the territory of orchestral music.

The second Quartet in A Op.26 is relaxed and expansive in comparison, with flowing, extended melodies that retain a sense of control and poise, while The Piano Quartet No.3 in C minor is the most dramatic, practically operatic in style. Since the initial release of this popular Brilliant Classics recording, its performers have gone from strength to strength. While Isabelle Faust has forged a reputation as one of the leading international violinists, particularly in chamber music, Derek Han, Bruno Giuranna and Alain Meunier are some of the most acclaimed musicians in their fields. Chamber music enthusiasts should not be without this world-class recording in their collections.

Brilliant Classics - 93040

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Brahms: Piano Quartets Nos. 1-3 (Complete)

Brahms: Piano Quartets Nos. 1-3 (Complete)

Following their autumn 2007 release of Brahms’s Double Concerto and Clarinet Quintet Renaud Capuçon and Gautier Capuçon further their plan to record the composer’s complete solo and chamber works for Virgin Classics.

After Renaud’s collaboration with Nicholas Angelich for the violin sonatas, later joined by Gautier for the piano trios, French violist Gérard Caussé joined them in Lugano last December to record Brahms three Piano Quartets.

The mid-priced set brings together on two CDs all three of Brahms’ piano quartets, which although they were composed at the same time (even though Op. 62 was first performed in 1875), are very different in character and mood, from a lighter and more poetic nature in the first 2, opus, to a darker more sombre atmosphere in Op. 60.

“What freshness and spontaneity! Four first-rank players give their all to some of Brahms's most passionate music, and create the precious effect of discovering that music for the first time.” BBC Music Magazine, December 2008 *****

“…there is much to admire in this latest chamber set from the Capuçons et al. As ever, they don’t rely on received interpretative wisdom, and often shed new light where others follow more predictable paths.” Gramophone Magazine, February 2009

“these performances of the three Brahms piano quartets with viola player Gérard Caussé and pianist Nicholas Angelich, have a wonderfully natural flow and sense of poise. Angelich may be a Brahms specialist, but there is nothing overbearing or intellectualised about his contributions” The Guardian, 7th November 2008 ****

Building a Library

First Choice - October 2014

Erato - 5193102

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Brahms: Piano Quartets Nos. 1-3 (Complete)

Brahms: Piano Quartets Nos. 1-3 (Complete)

Walter Trampler (viola)

Beaux Arts Trio

Remastered Quadro Recording (RQR)

“…sounds warm and palatable, even when judged by today’s best digital standards…beautiful playing by any standards, so poised…the Beaux Arts..are always a joy to encounter.” The Gramophone

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Hybrid Multi-channel

Pentatone RQR - PTC5186151

(SACD - 2 discs)


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Brahms: Piano Quartets Nos. 1-3 (Complete)

Brahms: Piano Quartets Nos. 1-3 (Complete)

Menuhin Festival Piano Quartet

Claves - 509701-2

(CD - 2 discs)


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Brahms: Piano Quartets Nos. 1-3 (Complete)

Brahms: Piano Quartets Nos. 1-3 (Complete)

Isaac Stern (violin), Jaime Laredo (viola), Yo-Yo Ma (cello), Emanuel Ax (piano)

Sony - S2K45846

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Brahms: Piano Quartets Nos. 1-3 (Complete)

Brahms: Piano Quartets Nos. 1-3 (Complete)

Alexander Schneider (piano), Walter Trampler, Leslie Parnas & Stephanie Brown

Vanguard Classics - ATMCD1228

(CD - 2 discs)


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Brahms - Complete Piano Quartets

Brahms - Complete Piano Quartets


Piano Quartets Nos. 1-3 (Complete)

Piano Trio in A major, Op. posth.

Walter Trampler

Beaux Arts Trio

Decca Duo - 4540172

(CD - 2 discs)


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