Roger Woodwards and Friends: Brahms Piano Quartets

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A Brahmsian balancing act.Ilya Grubert is naturally a strong violinist, but he reined in his tone to a state of slim purity. James Creitz, warm-hued in timbre but never sloppy in tone, showed how extreme discretion could be combined with a suggestion of power held in reserve… They applied, under Woodward’s artistic leadership and perhaps with the encouragement of Scalfi’s rather recessive but often elegantly lovely cello playing, an unusual sensibility to their task…..

“Woodward played with astonishing calm… in Woodward I sensed the composer’s real intentions…  here is a player with real integrity.”  Christchurch Symphony, Rachmaninov Third Piano Concerto, 1995