The music of the German composer Friedrich Gernsheim (1839-1918) is gradually beginning to emerge in recordings, revealing him as one of the finest composers of his age. His two piano quintets are tightly constructed, powerfully argued and full of rhythmic energy, and also abound with memorable tunes. They are, in fact, both masterpieces, among the very best of German Romantic chamber music, ranking alongside the Brahms and Schumann works.
Art Vio String Quartet
Edouard Oganessian, piano
Piano Quintet No. 2 in B minor, Op. 63 (1896)
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Catalogue No: TOCC0099EAN/UPC: 5060113440990Release Date: 22.02.2010Composer: Friedrich Gernsheim Artists: Art Vio String Quartet,
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Robert Reilly :
“Another amazing Toccata discovery is the chamber music of Friedrich Gernsheim (1839-1916). … I am overwhelmed by these two works. They are incredibly alive, passionate, rhythmically dramatic, and melodically blessed. Brahms clone? Here Gernsheim is in competition with the master for the top rung. The Art Vio Quartet and Pianist Edouard Oganessian play as if their lives depended on it. This is a major find.” —Robert Reilly, CatholiCity
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