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Brahms is often considered by his contemporaries and by later writers as both a traditionalist and an innovator. Certainly Elgar felt this way, as he referenced Brahms as a major influence on his music. This lush and romantic program showcases two masterworks by each composer, including Brahms’ magisterial second string sextet, which illustrates his mastery of the art of counterpoint, and Elgar’s expansive piano quintet, a work that is full of highly expressive, authentically Elgarian tunes.