Brahms / The 2 String Sextets

Quatuor Talich, Sextuors de Brahms, La Dolce Volta

with Joseph Klusoň, Viola
& Michal Kaňka, Cello 




- LDV 253

- Released on September 2002

- 1 CD / TT' 59'06

- Recorded at Domovina Studio, Praga in April 2002

- Artistic Director: Jiri Gemrot

- Sound engineers: Václav Roubal, Karel Soukenik


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Luigi Boccherini in the late eighteenth century was the first to write string sextets (two violins, two violas, two cellos). This small “orchestra” may be used to create an almost symphonic impression, which partly explains no doubt why so many composers, from the Romantics to the twentieth- century avant-garde, took such an interest in it. Its exponents include composers with very different styles: Brahms, Dvořák, Glière, Rimsky-Korsakov, Tchaikovsky, Dohnanyi, Reger, Schoenberg, Richard Strauss, Korngold, Schulhoff, Martinu, Maurizio Kagel, and others.

Brahms’s two string sextets, dating from 1860 and 1865, were written before his famous quartets and quintets. He may have chosen this rare form because he did not yet feel mature enough to approach genres that had been practised with such supreme skill by Haydn, Beethoven and Schubert, whom he revered. He nevertheless pays tribute to those composers in these two works.

These works, seemingly so charming and discreet, ushered in late Romanticism.



 Table of contents

Johannes Brahms (1833-1897)
String Sextet No.2 in G major, op.36

1Allegro, ma non troppo

2Andante, ma moderato

3Scherzo. Allegro molto


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

5Allegro non troppo

6Scherzo. Allegro non troppo

7Poco adagio

8Poco allegro














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