Brahms was an accomplished pianist, whose output for the piano spanned his entire life. In addition to his solo works, he made four-hand piano arrangements of many of his orchestral and vocal scores to give them greater accessibility. String Quintet No. 2 was written near the end of the composer’s life, while Piano Quartet No. 1 was composed thirty years before. Both are effective in two-piano versions, No. 1 with its Hungarian finale and No. 2 with its orchestral textures clarified in piano reduction.
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