Piano Quartet No. 2 in A Major, Op. 26
II. Poco adagio
From BRAHMS, J.: Piano Quartet No. 2 / MAHLER, G.: Piano Quartet (2017)
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Brahms: Piano Quartet No. 2 in A Major, Op. 26 – II. Poco adagio
After a period as a court composer at Detmold, Brahms returned to the city of his birth, Hamburg, in January 1860. Here, in relative tranquillity, he explored the then rare piano quartet repertoire. The Piano Quartet No. 2 received a very sympathetic hearing in Vienna, Clara Schumann even preferring it to its immediate predecessor, the Piano Quartet, Op. 25 [Naxos 8.572798]. Its lyricism is heightened by a romantically beautiful Adagio.