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    Default Favorite Piano Quintets

    What are your favorite piano quintets? Here is my list of the top 10 (nope, 54) piano quintets:

    1. Schnittke
    2. Schmitt
    3. Pierné
    4. Ornstein
    5. Koechlin
    6. Beach
    7. Fibich
    8. Shostakovich
    9. Fauré (2nd)
    10. Medtner
    11. Vierne
    12. Röntgen (2nd)
    13. Vierne
    14. Enescu (2nd)
    15. Bridge
    16. Boccherini (Op. 57)
    17. Schubert
    18. Raff
    19. Franck
    20. Kiel (2nd)
    21. Gernsheim (2nd)
    22. Martinů (2nd)
    23. Bax
    24. Jadassohn (3rd)
    25. Foote
    26. Fauré (1st)
    27. Rimsky-Korsakov
    28. Toch
    29. Juon (2nd)
    30. Kiel (1st)
    31. Elgar
    32. Mozart
    33. Brahms
    34. Rubinstein (Op. 99)
    35. Hummel
    36. Dvořák (2nd)
    37. Klughardt
    38. Dubois
    39. Webern
    40. Borodin
    41. Dohnányi (2nd)
    42. Beethoven
    43. Vaughan Williams
    44. Reger (2nd)
    45. Farrenc
    46. Kirchner
    47. Arensky
    48. Rheinberger
    49. Herzogenberg
    50. Schumann
    51. Magnard
    52. Bruch
    53. Berger
    54. Zarębski
    ...
    ...

    The ranking here is pretty loose. For me the French dominate the genre (you can also see that my tastes lean towards the 20th century).

    What are your favorite piano quintets?
    Last edited by Portamento; Apr-22-2017 at 23:03.

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    Yeah, Schnittke at top for me. Dvorak is the only other one I particularly like.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Phil loves classical View Post
    Yeah, Schnittke at top for me. Dvorak is the only other one I particularly like.
    Have you tried the Ornstein? That one is amazing as well.

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    Maybe I'll post a list later, but my all time favorite would be Shostakovich's Piano Quintet in G Minor.
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    Quote Originally Posted by AfterHours View Post
    Maybe I'll post a list later, but my all time favorite would be Shostakovich's Piano Quintet in G Minor.
    Interesting. I could only afford to rank it 8th because I have a sentimental connection with the top seven (they were the first piano quintets I ever heard). A weird first seven, I admit!
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    Favorite PQ with strings = Dvorak

    Favorite PQ with winds = Mozart

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    My favorite piano quintet is the Brahms Piano Quintet in F minor-high drama and poetry. Tough to beat.
    Last edited by hpowders; Apr-22-2017 at 23:44.

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    Quote Originally Posted by hpowders View Post
    My favorite piano quintet is of course the greatest piano quintet, the Brahms Piano Quintet in F minor.
    Nearly my #1 too, but probably just behind the Shostakovich I listed above and Schubert's Trout.
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    Quote Originally Posted by AfterHours View Post
    Nearly my #1 too, but probably just behind the Shostakovich I listed above and Schubert's Trout.
    Neither of those does it for me. I'm really a piano trio person anyway!

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    Schumann, Brahms, Schubert are my top three. (Listening to Brahms right now- it's so rich and layered harmonically, like all or most of Brahms's music. I find it difficult to listen to Brahms's music at first, because there is so much going on, but upon later listens I enjoy it much more... this is the same for the piano quintet).

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    Here's a list of my ten favorites. Some of these are with winds and others are with strings.

    1. Beethoven: Quintet in E-flat for Piano and Winds, Op. 16
    2. Franck: Piano Quintet in F Minor
    3. Dvorak: Piano Quintet No. 2 in A Major
    4. Brahms: Quintet for Piano and Strings in F Minor, Op. 34
    5. Schumann: Piano Quintet in E-flat Major, Op. 44
    6. Schubert: Piano Quintet in A Major, D. 667 "Trout"
    7. Mozart: Quintet in E-flat Major for Piano and Winds, K. 452
    8. Elgar: Piano Quintet in A Minor, Op. 84
    9. Faure: Piano Quintet No. 2 in C Minor, Op. 115
    10. Saint-Saëns: Piano Quintet in A Minor, Op. 14 (an early work, but well worth hearing)

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    Quote Originally Posted by Portamento View Post
    Have you tried the Ornstein? That one is amazing as well.
    I just listened, didn't find it that interesting.
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    Anyone heard this one? Also a French composer.
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    I made a list almost 5 years. The first part (order of preference) was roughly correct at that time. Since then I've added many to the list, but they are in alphabetic order. There are some on Portamento's list that I'll have to hear.

    Order of Preference (roughly):

    Schubert: Piano Quintet "Trout"
    Schumann: Piano Quintet
    Dvorak: Piano Quintet
    Brahms: Piano Quintet
    Shostakovich: Piano Quintet in G minor
    Franck: Piano Quintet
    Bartok: Piano Quintet
    Mozart: Quintet for Piano and Winds
    Elgar: Piano Quintet in A minor
    Bruch: Piano Quintet in G minor
    Vaughan Williams: Piano Quintet in C minor
    Faure: Piano Quintet No. 2
    Medtner: Piano Quintet
    Taneyev: Piano Quintet in G minor
    Hahn: Piano Quintet in F minor
    Bridge: Piano Quintet in D minor
    Farrenc: Piano Quintet No. 1 in A minor

    Alphabetic order of others I love:

    Ades
    Alyabiev
    Andree: Piano Quintet in E minor
    Arensky: Piano Quintet in D
    Atterberg
    Beach: Piano Quintet in F sharp
    Beethoven
    Berwald
    Dohnanyi: Piano Quintet No. 1 in C minor
    Dohnanyi: Piano Quintet No. 2 in E flat minor
    Farrenc: Piano Quintet in E
    Field: Piano Quintet in A flat
    Goldmark
    Gubaidulina
    Heise: Piano Quintet in F
    Hummel: Piano Quintet in E flat
    Kokkonen
    Liebermann: Piano Quintet
    Limmer
    Martucci
    Novak: Piano Quintet in A minor
    Onslow: Piano Quintet in G
    Ornstein
    Raff
    Reis
    Respighi
    Rheinberger: Piano Quintet in C
    Schmidt
    Schnittke
    Sinding
    Webern
    Wuorinen
    Zarębski
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    It strikes me that I do not know nearly enough piano quintets to say much. Of the ones I do know, I'd agree with some of the ones already mentioned: Brahms, Dvorak, Schumann, Schubert. And I would add Vaughan Williams, with honourable mention for Borodin.

    Judged by previous comments, I should go check out Schnittke. Of late, I have become interested in 20th century and contemporary music.

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