Brahms Piano Quartet no. 1, Op. 25

The Piano Quartet in G minor, Op. 25, was finished by Johannes Brahms in 1861. Clara Schumann was the pianist in the first performance in Hamburg, that same year. Like most piano quartets, it is scored for piano, violin, viola and cello, and it is in four movements. The quartet was orchestrated by Arnold Schoenberg in 1937 and premiered by the Los Angeles Philharmonic Orchestra; this orchestrated version was made into the ballet Brahms–Schoenberg Quartet by George Balanchine. The Hungarian-born composer Ernő Dohnányi transcribed the fourth movement as a bravura showpiece for solo piano. There is a recording of Dohnányi playing the transcription on the Ampico B recording piano. This recording was released on a Newport Classic CD called "The Performing Piano II" (NC 60030) however, the piece is incorrectly attributed as being one of the Hungarian Dances.


1 - Allegro
2 - Intermezzo
3 - Andante con moto
4 - Rondo alla Zingarese



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