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Ernő Dohnányi: Piano Quintets Op. 1 & 26

Shmuel Ashkenasi, Nobuko Imai, Trio Nota Bene

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Piano Quintet No. 1 in C Minor, Op. 1  
1
I. Allegro
Ernő Dohnányi; Shmuel Ashkenasi; Nobuko Imai; Trio Nota Bene
8:32
2
II. Scherzo. Allegro vivace
Ernő Dohnányi; Shmuel Ashkenasi; Nobuko Imai; Trio Nota Bene
5:12
3
III. Adagio, quasi andante
Ernő Dohnányi; Shmuel Ashkenasi; Nobuko Imai; Trio Nota Bene
6:30
4
IV. Finale. Allegro animato
Ernő Dohnányi; Shmuel Ashkenasi; Nobuko Imai; Trio Nota Bene
8:28
Piano Quintet No. 2 in E Flat Minor, Op. 26  
5
I. Allegro non troppo
Ernő Dohnányi; Shmuel Ashkenasi; Nobuko Imai; Trio Nota Bene
9:07
6
II. Intermezzo. Allegro
Ernő Dohnányi; Shmuel Ashkenasi; Nobuko Imai; Trio Nota Bene
4:47
7
III. Moderato
Ernő Dohnányi; Shmuel Ashkenasi; Nobuko Imai; Trio Nota Bene
10:00
Digital Booklet
Total Playing Time    52:36
"The (Piano Quintet No. 1) is tuneful, melodious, memorable and easily accessible ... the excellence of the audio quality is a distinguishing feature of this recording. The sound is bathed in a clear, warm acoustic conferring a palpable sense of intimacy. The engineers have achieved an ideal balance between the instrumentalists, who deliver intelligent and polished performances. Indeed, they prove worthy advocates of these marvellous but sadly neglected scores ... Claves has certainly done these works proud."
- MusicWeb International

The multiple award-winning Swiss chamber ensemble Trio Nota Bene is joined by guest violinist Shmuel Ashkenasi and violist Nobuko Imai on two quintets composed by Ernő Dohnányi almost 20 years apart. He wrote the Piano Quintet No. 1 when he was only 18, yet it displays close to the same maturity as his second quintet, written at the age of 37.
96 kHz / 24-bit PCM – Claves Records Studio Masters

Recorded at Théâtre populaire romand, Salle de musique, La Chaux-de-Fonds, Switzerland, February 24 - 27, 2014
Artistic direction, recording engineer, editing and mastering: Jean-Claude Gaberel
Piano: Steinway & Sons
Piano technician: Francis Morin
Photographs: Céline Michel
Texts: Yaël Hêche (French), Verena Naegele (German), Veronika Kusz (English)
Design: Amethys
Executive producer: Claves Records, Patrick Peikert

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