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    Last week, I attended a private performance of Dvorak's Piano Quintet (no 2) which i really enjoyed.

    The programme notes (very brief) mentioned that this is one of the three most significant Piano quintets ever composed - I haven’t a copy of the programme so the wording isn’t verbatim.

    So I am left wondering what are the other two!

    Thank You.

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    My guess would be the Brahms Op. 34 and Schumann's Op. 44.
    Those along with the Dvorak are the first 3 works that come to mind when I think of piano quintets.
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    I'd guess four might be considered -- Schubert (the Trout), Schumann, Brahms, and Shostakovich. The choice of two from among these would be pretty arbitrary, I think.


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    I'd want Schnittke's on that list as well (which is incidentally paired with Shosty's on a fine Naxos recording with the Vermeer Quartet).

    Edit: I'm also addicted to Faure's--but what can you do when the op only asked for 2?
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    Another heavy hitter is Mozart's k.452, although it uses winds rather than strings so it may not count here.


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    The top three are probably Schumann, Brahms, and Dvorak.

    But other popular ones include Faure, Dohnanyi, Shostakovich, Harbison . . .

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    I'd guess that Schubert's effort is the most popular of the bunch, Dvorak's included.


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    The top three would be the Schubert, the Schubert, and the Schubert.

    Brahms, Schumann, Dvorak are all tied for fourth.

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    Schubert's Trout Quintet does deviate a bit from the standard instrumentation of piano plus string quartet.

    So, an asterisk there.

    Otherwise, the Schumann, Brahms, Dvorak and Shostakovich tower over all the rest, IMO.

    I have no idea how any of these four could be left off any big three list.

    So, it's a big four for me.

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    Not sure there is really a "standard" instrumentation for a piano quintet with strings. In Schubert's case, Wiki says he wrote it for a concert by a group coming together to play Hummel's piano quintet, which also uses a double bass. No complaints from here! Well, at least on that account...


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    Wouldn't be surprised if Franck's utterly magnificent one was in mind. It's really, really good.
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    Thank you for your comments.

    I will now listen to the suggestions and buy the relevant CD’s.

    My favourite piano composition is Brahms Piano Concerto 2 - so looking foward to the Brahms Quintet in particular.

    Coincidently, I attended a charity function this evening and a lady’s parting comment to me was “you should really try Schumann”
    so I will start with his quintet.Can anybody recommend any further Schumann music?

    Thank You.

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    Personally I would think Brahms, Schumann, and Schubert Trout would be those top three, but choosing just two, I would go with Brahms and Schumann.

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    Quote Originally Posted by jimsumner View Post
    Schubert's Trout Quintet does deviate a bit from the standard instrumentation of piano plus string quartet.

    So, an asterisk there.

    Otherwise, the Schumann, Brahms, Dvorak and Shostakovich tower over all the rest, IMO.

    I have no idea how any of these four could be left off any big three list.

    So, it's a big four for me.
    Don't forget Elgar!

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    Quote Originally Posted by fireflyinjuly View Post
    Thank you for your comments.

    I will now listen to the suggestions and buy the relevant CD’s.

    My favourite piano composition is Brahms Piano Concerto 2 - so looking foward to the Brahms Quintet in particular.

    Coincidently, I attended a charity function this evening and a lady’s parting comment to me was “you should really try Schumann”
    so I will start with his quintet.Can anybody recommend any further Schumann music?

    Thank You.
    His symphonies (1, 2, and 4 especially) and Op. 11 grand sonata are all worth checking out.

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