JOACHIM RAFF (1822-1882): Piano Quintet in A Minor, Op. 107, Phantasie for Piano Quintet, Op. 207b, HERMANN GOETZ (1822-1882): Quintet in C Minor for Piano, String Trio and Double Bass, Op. 16.
Catalogue Number: 11L048
Description: The second recording in six years of Raff's large-scale (34 minutes here) quintet whose formal command, brilliantly planned themes and contrapuntal complexity led Hans von Bülow to describe it seven years later as "the most important work in the field of chamber music since Beethoven". As far as is known this is the first recording of the 1878 Phantasie, a single-movement, 18-minute piece which was originally a work for two pianos. It has the same extroversion, flamboyant play with key relationships and general joie de vivre as its companion piece while Goetz' 1874 quintet is rather like its negative - a concentrated and highly dramatic work possibly connected with the composer's suffering from the tuberculosis which would later kill him, whose use of the double bass darkens the colors and thickens the textures, leading to a profoundly sober psychological profile. Ensemble El Trittico.