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Primrose Piano Quartet

Primrose Piano Quartet

It is a life-enhancing pleasure to renew acquaintance with these imperishable masterpieces in this way, and one must give this issue the highest recommendation.

Robert Matthew-Walker, Musical Opinion July 2019, Five Stars

Performances unlike any others of Brahms's Piano Quartets that have come my way…They feature piano-playing of the highest class.

Tully Potter, Classical Source, 5 stars

Quartet - Instrumental


  • Susanne Stanzeleit - Violin
  • Dorothea Vogel - Viola
  • Andrew Fuller - Cello
  • John Thwaites - Piano


In addition to the list below the Quartet have devised several Covid-19 guideline-proof programmes including souvenir DVD - please get in touch to discuss options.

1) Brahms and Vienna:

Mozart Piano Quartet in E flat

Schönberg String Trio OR Dohnányi String Trio OR Schubert String Trio

Brahms Piano Quartet G minor, Op.25

2) The French Salon:

Fauré Piano Quartet G minor

Francaix String Trio

Chausson Piano Quartet

3) Brahms and the Schumanns:

Brahms Piano Quartet C minor, Op 60

Brahms Intermezzo Op117 no 1 for Solo Piano

Brahms FAE Scherzo for Violin and Piano

Clara Schumann Three Romances arranged for Viola, Violin and Cello and Piano

Robert Schumann Piano Quartet Op 47


The Primrose Piano Quartet was formed in 2004 by four renowned chamber musicians and is named after the violist, William Primrose. The group's acclaimed discography includes favourites such as works by Fauré, Brahms, Elgar, Strauss and Schubert as well British repertoire featuring neglected masterpieces of the 19th and 20th century and major commissions from Sir Peter Maxwell Davies and Anthony Payne (premièred at the Cheltenham Festival and at King's Place London).

The Quartet enjoy a busy performing schedule throughout the UK and abroad with recent tours taking them to Denmark, Germany, Romania, Portugal and Bulgaria in addition to regular appearances at London's Kings Place, Wigmore and Conway Halls. Their own festival in West Meon, Hampshire is now in its ninth year, and they were appointed ensemble-in-residence at the Battle Festival in 2016.

Their latest recording of the complete Brahms piano quartets, hailed by critics as "revelatory" was made in a historic hall Vienna using pianos of the period. Inspired by their research the Primrose are offering three exciting new programmes placing the Brahms works in context with progenitors and contemporaries from the Viennese tradition. As part of the project the quartet offer a pre-concert talk by Professor John Thwaites on each programme and the Historically Informed Performance practices that inspired the recordings.