Colleagues pestered Brahms for years to let them have a string quartet from his pen. When he finally unveiled his new creation, the composer was 40 years old, exactly twenty years after Schumann hailed him as the successor of Beethoven. It was worth the wait. The Opus 51 C minor quartet is perfectly conceived, musically rich, and emotionally profound.
Bax — Quintet for Oboe & Strings (Oboe + non-Freimann string quartet) Brahms — Quartet No 1 in C minor Op 51