S0031. FLONZALEY QUARTET: Schubert, Mendelssohn & Schumann; w.OSSIP GABRILOWITSCH: Piano Quintet, Op.44 (Schumann); w.HAROLD BAUER: Piano Quintet, Op.34 (Brahms). (England) 2-Biddulph LAB 072/73, recorded 1925-29. Transfers by Ward Marston. Very long out-of-print, Final ever-so-slightly used copy! - 744718007325
"Their style was perfect for Schumann; the piano quartet recorded with Gabrilowitsch is probably unsurpassed. Biddulph also includes two previously unissued movements of the Brahms Op.67 Quartet (not listed on the box!). The recorded sound is quite good, making this a strong recommendation for those who don't ordinarily purchase historical recordings."
- David Radcliffe, AMERICAN RECORD GUIDE, July/August, 1993
"To me the most outstanding item in this valuable set (in excellent sound) is the Schumann piano quintet with Ossip Gabrilowitsch. It has a forward momentum that no other subsequent version that I know even approaches. These people had understood a lesson that seems to have been forgotten since: the lyricism of a musical phrase should be expressed and will be all the more poignant within a given (and rather swift) tempo, and not by slowing down, coaxing the phrase. The ‘funeral march’ has all the wanted weight and the scherzo and finale again display the same kind of forward drive. Be prepared for an interpretive style that sounds its age: plangent tone, some degree of portamento, ‘gemütlichkeit’ rather than drama. Biddulph deserves be thanked for bringing back these historical interpretations to our attention.”
“Apart from the few sides [Gabrilowitsch] made as conductor of the Detroit Symphony Orchestra in 1928, he made both an acoustic (1923-1924, abridged) and electric (1927) recording of Schumann’s Piano Quintet in E-flat, Op.44, with the Flonzaley Quartet. The 1927 version shows a palpable rapport between the musicians, and demonstrates what an exceptional chamber music player Gabrilowitsch was….”
– Jonathan Summers, A-Z of PIANISTS