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Boosey & Hawkes

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World Premiere
Grieghallen, Bergen
Bergen Philharmonic Orchestra / Ryan Wigglesworth
Programme Note
Repertoire Note

If Schoenberg’s orchestration of Brahms’s G minor Piano Quartet is considered to be a masterpiece, then Holloway’s orchestration of the Sonata for two pianos, later the F minor Piano Quintet, is a close runner-up. Composed during the period in which Brahms was groping to find his First Symphony, Holloway has used a standard Brahmsian orchestra – only the cor anglais is an interloper – to create a version that is "faithful in spirit if not in letter" and thus bring one of Brahms’s greatest works to a wider public.
Repertoire Note by Peter Marchbank

Press Quotes

"[Holloway] transforms the quintet into utterly convincing, minor-key symphonic Brahms, so that the description of the result as 'Symphony in F minor op.34' seems entirely justified."
The Guardian

Recommended Recording

BBC Symphony Orchestra/Paul Mann
Toccata Classics TOCC0450

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