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Classical » Chamber Music

Broadly speaking, chamber music is any ensemble music suited to a small room rather than to a large concert hall. Chamber ensembles range from two to eight or nine musicians, within families of string, wind, brass, and even percussion instruments, or combining diverse instruments. The most characteristic form is the string quartet (two violins, viola, and cello), perfected by Haydn. Chamber music of the Romantic era came mostly from composers who extended the forms they inherited from Mozart and Beethoven. Perhaps the greatest 19th century composer of chamber music was Brahms, whose depth of musical thought influenced even his most experimental successors. Chamber music in the 20th century showed composers making each piece of music into a miniature sound world of its own in a medium that would display what they were doing with maximum clarity. More new works are written today for chamber ensembles than for orchestra or the stage.

Chamber Music Artists Highlights

Johannes Brahms
Johannes Brahms
Kronos Quartet
Kronos Quartet
Jacqueline du Pré
Jacqueline du Pré
Yo-Yo Ma
Yo-Yo Ma
Andrés Segovia
Andrés Segovia
Johann Sebastian Bach
Johann Sebastian Bach

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Chamber Music Album Highlights

25 Years: Retrospective
Kronos Quartet
25 Years: Retrospective
Claude Bolling: Suite for Flute and Jazz Piano Trio
Claude Bolling / ...
Claude Bolling: Suite for ...
Arvo Pärt: Tabula Rasa
Congress Orchestra / Arvo ...
Arvo Pärt: Tabula Rasa
Philip Glass: Music in Twelve Parts
Philip Glass
Philip Glass: Music in ...
New World Quartets
The Brodsky Quartet
New World Quartets
String Quartets
John Zorn
String Quartets

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Chamber Music Song Highlights

Title/Composer Performer Stream
Piano Trio No. 1 in B major, Op. 8 Eroica Trio
Piano Trio No. 2 in E minor, Op. 67 Martha Argerich / Gidon Kremer / Mischa Maisky
Sonata for solo violin No. 1 in G minor, BWV 1001 Henryk Szeryng
Piano Quintet in A major, B. 155 (Op. 81) (once listed as Op. 77) Takács String Quartet / Andreas Haefliger
Quintet for 2 violins, viola & 2 cellos in C major, D. 956 (Op. posth. 163) Emerson String Quartet / Mstislav Rostropovich
Clarinet Quintet in A major ("Stadler"), K. 581 Academy of St. Martin-in-the-Fields / Academy of St. Martin-in-the-Fields Chamber Ensemble
Verklärte Nacht, for string sextet, Op. 4 Hollywood String Quartet
Octet for strings in E flat major, Op. 20 Hausmusik London
Altri canti d'amor, dramatic madrigal for 6 voices, 2 violins & 4 violas (from Book 8), SV 146 Consort of Musicke / Anthony Rooley
Sonata for violin & piano in A major, FWV 8 Kyung-Wha Chung / Osian Ellis / Radu Lupu / Melos Ensemble of London

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