Getting Brahms in the gutNews
The Dudok Quartet of Amsterdam are claiming to be the first to record the Brahms quartets on gut-strings, aiming to achieve the sound the composer would have known.
‘We took a dive into 19th-century performance practice and embraced the liberties granted by a flexible tempo rubato and the use of portamenti,’ says cellist David Faber, ‘and we experienced new dimensions in Brahms’s music every time we submerged ourselves in it. So we want to encourage our audience to listen again and share the experience of finding new paths in his musical labyrinth.’
The set is released next month on Rubicon Classics.