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Piano Quintets
Schafer, Schlegel, John Bingham
Piano Quintets
Genres: Jazz, Special Interest, Classical
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All Artists: Schafer, Schlegel, John Bingham, Prunella Pacey
Title: Piano Quintets
Members Wishing: 0
Total Copies: 0
Label: Nm Classics
Release Date: 10/15/1999
Genres: Jazz, Special Interest, Classical
Styles: Swing Jazz, Marches, Chamber Music, Historical Periods, Classical (c.1770-1830)
Number of Discs: 1
SwapaCD Credits: 1
UPCs: 675754042325, 793515004624

CD Reviews

Douglas Brown | Livonia [MI] & Toledo [OH] USA | 10/08/2009
(5 out of 5 stars)

"Listening to a CBC (Canadian) classical music program while driving one evening many years ago, I heard a work so mesmerizing I had to have a recording of it. I memorized the composer's name (Dirk Schafer) but despaired of finding it. Lo and behold, my local Harmony House Classical store (late and lamented) had a copy. The work has always provided pleasure over the years, despite my having since then amassed a collection of 7,000 CDs. The work is lushly romantic without sounding overly derivative. The Schlegel quintet is also attractive, but it is the Schafer that continues to draw me back. I would encourage another label (Naxos, Regis?) to reissue this recording, but since neither composer is particularly well known, especially in the USA, it would probably be more a labor of love than one of commercial viability. The Schafer remains one of the most compelling works in romantic music literature. Meanwhile, for a more modern-sounding, no less compelling, piano quintet, try the one by the American Leo Ornstein Leo Ornstein: Piano Quintet: String Quartet No. 3. In that case, a Harmony House clerk played me the work, making me an instant convert. From there, explore Piano Quintets by Vierne Hahn/Vierne: Piano Quintets, Dvorak (of course)Antonin Dvorak: Piano Quintet in A Major, Op. 81; Piano Quartet in E Flat Major, Op. 87, and others.