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Brahms: String Sextets Nos. 1 & 2

WDR Symphony Orchestra Cologne Chamber Players

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After their acclaimed Brahms' String Quintets, the WDR Chamber Players now present the composer’s String Sextets. Brahms wrote his two Sextets at the beginning of his career, partly as a way to evade the “Ghost of Beethoven” haunting the string quartet, but also as the ideal genre to realize a typically Brahmsian sound: full, “orchestral” and rich in harmonies. Due to the limited institutionalisation of the sextet as an ensemble, these pieces are rarely performed today. The WDR Chamber Players – who are all members of the WDR Symphony Orchestra, as well as pursuing their own international careers – are ideal interpreters of this repertoire, combining chamber-musical intimacy with “symphonic” depth. © Pentatone

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String Sextet No. 1 in B-Flat Major, Op. 18 (Johannes Brahms)

1
I. Allegro ma non troppo
00:13:33

Johannes Brahms, Composer - WDR Symphony Orchestra Cologne Chamber Players, Ensemble, MainArtist

(C) 2020 PENTATONE (P) 2020 PENTATONE

2
II. Andante ma moderato
00:08:56

Johannes Brahms, Composer - WDR Symphony Orchestra Cologne Chamber Players, Ensemble, MainArtist

(C) 2020 PENTATONE (P) 2020 PENTATONE

3
III. Scherzo. Allegro molto
00:03:04

Johannes Brahms, Composer - WDR Symphony Orchestra Cologne Chamber Players, Ensemble, MainArtist

(C) 2020 PENTATONE (P) 2020 PENTATONE

4
IV. Rondo. Poco allegretto e grazioso
00:09:21

Johannes Brahms, Composer - WDR Symphony Orchestra Cologne Chamber Players, Ensemble, MainArtist

(C) 2020 PENTATONE (P) 2020 PENTATONE

String Sextet No. 2 in G major, Op. 36 (Johannes Brahms)

5
I. Allegro non troppo
00:13:48

Johannes Brahms, Composer - WDR Symphony Orchestra Cologne Chamber Players, Ensemble, MainArtist

(C) 2020 PENTATONE (P) 2020 PENTATONE

6
II. Scherzo. Allegro non troppo - Presto giocoso
00:07:04

Johannes Brahms, Composer - WDR Symphony Orchestra Cologne Chamber Players, Ensemble, MainArtist

(C) 2020 PENTATONE (P) 2020 PENTATONE

7
III. Adagio
00:08:37

Johannes Brahms, Composer - WDR Symphony Orchestra Cologne Chamber Players, Ensemble, MainArtist

(C) 2020 PENTATONE (P) 2020 PENTATONE

8
IV. Poco allegro
00:08:12

Johannes Brahms, Composer - WDR Symphony Orchestra Cologne Chamber Players, Ensemble, MainArtist

(C) 2020 PENTATONE (P) 2020 PENTATONE

Album Description

After their acclaimed Brahms' String Quintets, the WDR Chamber Players now present the composer’s String Sextets. Brahms wrote his two Sextets at the beginning of his career, partly as a way to evade the “Ghost of Beethoven” haunting the string quartet, but also as the ideal genre to realize a typically Brahmsian sound: full, “orchestral” and rich in harmonies. Due to the limited institutionalisation of the sextet as an ensemble, these pieces are rarely performed today. The WDR Chamber Players – who are all members of the WDR Symphony Orchestra, as well as pursuing their own international careers – are ideal interpreters of this repertoire, combining chamber-musical intimacy with “symphonic” depth. © Pentatone

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