Savannah Music Festival LIVE 812 – Brahms & Mahler Piano Quartets

Gustav Mahler was a student in Vienna when he wrote his first piano quartet at age 16, showing remarkable technical ingenuity and emotional passion. Mahler assimilated the influences of Schumann, Mendelssohn and Brahms to create a work of distinctive profile, only 15 years after Brahms created two of the greatest piano quartets in the literature. The bulk of this episode features Brahms A Major Quartet, Opus 26, but we begin with Mahler’s quartet in A minor, a work that wasn’t discovered until 50 years after his death.