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Piano Quintet No 1 in C minor

'Berwald: Chamber Music' (CDD22053)
Berwald: Chamber Music
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Movement 1: Allegro molto
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Movement 2: Adagio quasi andante
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Movement 3: Allegro assai e con spirito
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Piano Quintet No 1 in C minor
As his orchestral works went unplayed, Berwald turned naturally to chamber music. The Piano Quintet No 1 in C minor was completed in December 1853 and was among a number of chamber works with piano that were inspired by his talented young protégé, Hilda Thegerström (the dedicatee of both this quintet and the piano concerto written two years later). Although she played it in private, the first public performance, as we have already noted, did not take place for a further forty years, though the work was published in 1856. Berwald’s first attempt at a piano quintet had, in all probability, come in the late 1840s or early 1850s. A fragment from a quintet in A major, comprising a larghetto and scherzo, survives, and from this autograph all of the first movement has been torn except for the last few bars which are the same as those of the corresponding movement of the second quintet (1857). Berwald was an inveterate self-borrower and the finale of the C minor quintet includes material from the symphonic poem Wettlauf (‘Racing’) of 1842. As was the case in earlier works such as the Septet and the Sinfonie singulière Berwald makes use of an innovative formal device and incorporates a scherzo into the body of the opening allegro movement, furthermore quoting its theme again in the finale.

from notes by Robert Layton © 1997

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Details for CDD22053 disc 2 track 1
Movement 1: Allegro molto
Recording date
5 March 1996
Recording venue
All Saints' Church, East Finchley, London, United Kingdom
Recording producer
Arthur Johnson
Recording engineer
Tony Faulkner
Hyperion usage
  1. Berwald: Piano Quintet, Piano Trio & Duo (CDA66835)
    Disc 1 Track 1
    Release date: March 1997
    Deletion date: June 2004
    Superseded by CDD22053
  2. Berwald: Chamber Music (CDD22053)
    Disc 2 Track 1
    Release date: March 2006
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