“Whether it is beautiful also is an entirely different matter. But perfect it must be.” —Johannes Brahms
A master craftsman devoted to tradition, Brahms felt strongly that every note must count, every phrase must have purpose, and that a finished composition should be “unassailable”. In the slow movement of this quartet, Brahms gives us a work that is certainly technically impeccable, but it is also deeply a personal statement of intense beauty.
- Brahms Quartet in A minor for Strings, Op. 51, No. 2 (1865-73)
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