Brahms, Fauré & Schnittke: Piano Quartets — review

Founded in 2014, the Berlin Piano Quartet brings together three leading string players from the Berlin Philharmonic and French pianist Kim Barbier. Is it surprising their performances borrow some of the glow of the orchestra’s sound?

On this disc they present three disparate sides of what they can do. Fauré’s evergreen Piano Quartet No.1 blends German warmth with Gallic refinement. The brief, single-movement Piano Quartet by Schnittke explodes the quartet form into pieces. Brahms’s Piano Quartet No.1 then restores classical dignity with playing of easy, unexaggerated mastery.

Source: Financial Times