The Brodsky Quartet presents this second volume in its exploration of Brahms’s complete string quartets. The first, which also featured the Clarinet Quintet with Michael Collins, received numerous enthusiastic reviews, The Guardian praising the players for their ‘immaculate’ performance. The String Quartet, Op. 51 No. 1, featured here, was written alongside its contrasting companion, Op. 51 No. 2. Both were finally published in 1873 after having been held back for years by a typically self-doubting Brahms, until he had brought them to his own high standards of perfection.
It was more than a pleasure when Rodrigo Ottaviano an old-new friend and manager of Daniel Melero confirmed to me that Daniel wanted to work with me the art of this record! Piano (1999) was a classic record that I listened to thousands of times, I keep listening … I hope volume 2 also becomes such. It was during a trip to Olot, in Catalonia that I thought to use the volcano on the album cover, and in Mexico came the idea of the nonexistent piano, the piano that in fact Daniel does not play on the disc. Talking with Daniel is always a pleasure, it seems that you can tackle any topic with him, and that's what we talked about during the making of the album art, any subject … of volcanoes, arrangements, things that do not need to be fixed, books , Of my books, told me that during the recording of his last albums my books had been there very present, as anticipating this collaboration. The day that Piano 2 appeared in Buenos Aires, the ashes cloud of the Chilean volcano Calbuco that had erupted a few days before, arrived at Buenos Aires. The coincidences do exist, of course.