Piano Quintet No.1 in D Major, Op.2
Sandro Blumenthal (1874-1919) was born in Venice and attended the Benedetto Marcello Conservatory in that city where he studied violin, viola, piano and composition. During this time, he limited himself to writing either for the piano or lieder (art songs) for voice and piano. In 1896, he moved to Munich where he studied at the Royal Conservatory where he took further composition lessons from Joseph Rheinberger for nearly three years. This advanced study from one of the leading composers and teachers of the era gave him the confidence to try his hand at chamber and orchestral compositions.
His Piano Quintet No.1 in D Major, Op.2 dates from 1900, shortly after he had completed his studies with Rheinberger. The opening movement, Allegro moderato, is spacious and full of broad themes, warm and very romantic. A tender and lyrical Adagio espressivo comes next. The third movement, boisterous and jaunty Scherzo, characterized by its strong rhythms. The fugal trio section, by contrast, is serious and heavier. The finale, begins with a Molto lento introduction which leads to the main section, an energetic and thrusting Allegro con fuoco., many dramatic episodes bubble forth.
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