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Do you know of any chamber music works for piano that are "interesting"? I recently performed Elgar's Piano Quintet, Op. 84, which I found to be my most favorite chamber music work so far. When I first heard the Elgar being performed (1 year ago), my jaw just dropped from the very first measure. Are there any other works that could do such a similar effect? I greatly appreciate any recommendations.

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Brahms' F Minor Quintet is pretty rockin'. laugh

All of Brahm's chamber music is pretty rockin', too.

Same with Beethoven, though I really favor Op. 1 No. 3, and "Archduke" trios.

Arensky trio in D Minor is another favorite.

For something contemporary, try Schoenfield's "Cafe Music."

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I like the Elgar piano quintet too. Also the Elgar string quartet.

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I highly recommend Robert Schumann's Piano Quintet, and Piano Quartet. The Ravel Trio is terrific. Poulenc's chamber works, typically for piano and winds, are excellent. Mendelssohn has provided two wonderful trios. Faure has an excellent quartet to his credit. Really, the list goes on and on.

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The Elgar piano quintet is very fine. And if you feel like turning up the humidity, there is always Franck's piano quintet.

One of my personal favourites has long been Dvorak's 4th piano trio, the 'Dumky'. Some years ago I developed a temporary addiction and had to listen to it everyday for several weeks.


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Dvorak's Dumky is great, but I like the F minor trio even more.

While we're talking about Dvorak, his piano quintet is magnificent; my second favorite piano quintet!

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Dvorak's piano quintet is one of the pinnacles of the genre, but often lurking in its long shadow is the Eb piano quartet. I actually prefer it to the quintet and am mystified why it is so seldom encountered on the radio or in the concert hall. Ax-Stern-Laredo-Ma made a sizzling recording for Sony.


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Speaking of jaw-dropping openings, listen to Brahms' C-minor piano quartet. One of the most incredible openings in all of chamber music.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=U-I87VoMowk

The Dvorak E-flat quartet mentioned above is also phenomenal.

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The Mozart quintet and quartets are great. If you want to go a bit far afield, listen to Falla's Harpsichord Concerto.


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Speaking of jaw-dropping openings, listen to Brahms' C-minor piano quartet. One of the most incredible openings in all of chamber music.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=U-I87VoMowk

The Dvorak E-flat quartet mentioned above is also phenomenal.


Not to mention the heart-breaking slow movement.


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The Mozart quintet and quartets are great. If you want to go a bit far afield, listen to Falla's Harpsichord Concerto.


Do you mean the Mozart piano and winds quintet? The viola quintets are spectacular, as are the two piano quartets.

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Originally Posted by 1091Piano
Do you know of any chamber music works for piano that are "interesting"? I recently performed Elgar's Piano Quintet, Op. 84, which I found to be my most favorite chamber music work so far. When I first heard the Elgar being performed (1 year ago), my jaw just dropped from the very first measure. Are there any other works that could do such a similar effect? I greatly appreciate any recommendations.


Virtually all of the major composers wrote "interesting" piano and strings chamber music. If you've explored all of that, then you might have interest in some piano and winds music, such as the Poulenc sextet.

I think my favorite of the piano and strings repertoire, if it's even possible to say that in such a rich field, would be the Brahms C minor piano quartet. I've played it many times with different artists, but my impression of it from first hearing goes back to 1962, when my teacher, Muriel Kerr, played it in a special concert for the USC students with Heifetz, Piatigorsky and Primrose. Those were the days of the "Heifitz Institute" and we got to hear those greats in informal settings, with quips from the stage.

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Though mentioned far less often, I rather like the Dvorak piano trios as well, particularly the f minor.


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When I first heard the Brahms C-minor piano quartet, I became rather obsessed with it for a few months, listening to it daily (and on some days, multiple times). A true treasure of the chamber music literature! I think I will listen to it right now.

What a concert that must have been, with Heifetz, Piatigorsky and Primrose in an informal setting. It really would have been much better for me to have been born 40-50 years earlier than I was, I would have been able to hear some incredible artists in their prime.

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Everything by Schubert (1 2 3) and Brahms (1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8) is worth checking out. Also check out Vaughan Williams' piano quintet in c minor.

Piano chamber music recommendations from Talk Classical: smile

1. Schubert: Piano Quintet in A "Trout"
2. Beethoven: Piano Trio in B-flat "Archduke"
3. Schumann: Piano Quintet in E flat
4. Brahms: Piano Quintet in F minor
5. Messiaen: Quatuor pour la fin du temps
6. Dvořák: Piano Quintet No. 2 in A
7. Mendelssohn: Piano Trio No. 1 in D minor
8. Mozart: Quintet for Piano and Winds K. 452
9. Mozart: Piano Quartet No. 1 in G minor K. 478
10. Dvořák: Piano Trio No. 4 in E minor "Dumky"
11. Schubert: Piano Trio No. 2 in E flat
12. Schubert: Piano Trio No. 1 in B flat
13. Schumann: Piano Quartet in E flat
14. Mozart: Piano Quartet No. 2 in E flat K. 493
15. Ravel: Piano Trio
16. Brahms: Piano Quartet No. 3 in C minor
17. Brahms: Horn Trio in E Flat
18. Tchaikovsky: Piano Trio in A minor
19. Brahms: Piano Quartet No. 1 in G minor
20. Shostakovich: Piano Trio No. 2 in E Minor
21. Rachmaninoff: Trio élégiaque in D minor
22. Brahms: Clarinet Trio in A minor
23. Fauré: Piano Quartet No. 1 in C minor
24. Shostakovich: Piano Quintet in G Minor
25. Brahms: Piano Trio No. 1 in B
26. Beethoven: Piano Trio No. 5 in D "Ghost"
27. Brahms: Piano Quartet No. 2 in A
28. Haydn: Piano Trio in G Hob. XV/25
29. Dvořák: Piano Quartet No. 2 in E
30. Mendelssohn: Piano Sextet in D
31. Dvořák: Piano Trio No. 3 in F minor
32. Mozart: Trio for Clarinet, Viola, and Piano in E flat "Kegelstatt"
33. Fauré: Piano Quintet No. 1 in D minor
34. Arensky: Piano Trio No. 1 in D minor
35. Elgar: Piano Quintet in A minor
36. Mendelssohn: Piano Trio No. 2 in C minor
37. Schumann: Piano Trio No. 1 in D minor
38. Saint-Saëns: Septet in E flat
39. Franck: Piano Quintet in F minor
40. Schumann: Piano Trio No. 3 in G minor
41. Schubert: Notturno in E flat
42. Brahms: Piano Trio No. 3 in C minor
43. Taneyev: Piano Quintet in G minor
44. Schnittke: Piano Quintet
45. Beethoven: Piano Trio in B flat No. 4 "Gassenhauer"
46. Mozart: Piano Trio in C K. 548
47. Bartók: Piano Quintet
48. C. Schumann: Piano Trio in G minor
49. Mozart: Divertimento in B-flat K. 254
50. Medtner: Piano Quintet in C


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The Copland Piano Quartet and the Sextet (which is Copland's arrangement of his Short Symphony).


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