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The Amadeus Quartet Recordings, Vol. 5: Romanticism

Brahms / Aronowitz / Geuser
Release Date: 01/06/2017 
Label:  Audite   Catalog #: 21425  
Composer:  Johannes BrahmsAnton BrucknerRobert SchumannFelix Mendelssohn,   ... 
Performer:  Conrad HansenHeinrich GeuserCecil Aronowitz
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Amadeus Quartet
Number of Discs: 6 
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Notes and Editorial Reviews

This is the fifth release in the series The RIAS Amadeus Quartet Recordings. This installment is dedicated to nineteenth-century Romantic composers. The Amadeus Quartet included a wider repertoire in the broadcasting studio than in the recording studio. Works by Edvard Grieg and Robert Schumann interpreted by the Amadeus Quartet can be heard here for the first time. Five works in this edition represent novel repertoire that the Amadeus Quartet never recorded on LP: Dvorak’s Piano Quintet, Grieg’s String Quartet, Mendelssohn’s String Quartet, and Schumann’s String Quartet and Piano Quintet. Only half the works recorded here belong to the string quartet genre. The Amadeus Quartet enjoyed collaborating with other musicians and did so often. In Read more the three piano quintets by Brahms, Dvorak, and Schumann, they performed together with pianist Conrad Hansen, who had appeared with the Berlin Philharmonic under Wilhelm Furtwangler in the 1940s. In the string quintets by Brahms and Bruckner, the Amadeus Quartet is joined by South African-born Cecil Aronowitz- the musician they always turned to when in need of a second violist. And in Brahms’ Clarinet Quintet we hear Heinrich Geuser, regarded as Germany’s leading clarinetist in the 1950s. Read less

Works on This Recording

1.
Quartet for Strings no 1 in C minor, Op. 51 no 1 by Johannes Brahms
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Amadeus Quartet
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1865-1873; Austria 
2.
Quartet for Strings no 3 in B flat major, Op. 67 by Johannes Brahms
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Amadeus Quartet
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1875; Austria 
3.
Quintet for Piano and Strings in F minor, Op. 34 by Johannes Brahms
Performer:  Conrad Hansen (Piano)
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Amadeus Quartet
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1861-1864; Austria 
4.
Quintet for Clarinet and Strings in B minor, Op. 115 by Johannes Brahms
Performer:  Heinrich Geuser (Clarinet)
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Amadeus Quartet
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1891; Austria 
5.
Quintet for Strings no 2 in G major, Op. 111 by Johannes Brahms
Performer:  Cecil Aronowitz (Viola)
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Amadeus Quartet
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1890; Austria 
6.
Quintet for Strings in F major, WAB 112 by Anton Bruckner
Performer:  Cecil Aronowitz (Viola)
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Amadeus Quartet
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1879; Vienna, Austria 
7.
Quintet for Piano and Strings in E flat major, Op. 44 by Robert Schumann
Performer:  Conrad Hansen (Piano)
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Amadeus Quartet
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1842; Germany 
8.
Quartet for Strings in A major, Op. 41 no 3 by Robert Schumann
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Amadeus Quartet
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1842; Germany 
9.
Quartet for Strings no 1 in E flat major, Op. 12 by Felix Mendelssohn
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Amadeus Quartet
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1829; Germany 
10.
Pieces (4) for String Quartet, Op. 81: no 3, Capriccio in E minor by Felix Mendelssohn
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Amadeus Quartet
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1843; Germany 
11.
Quartet for Strings in E minor by Giuseppe Verdi
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Amadeus Quartet
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1873; Italy 
12.
Quintet for Piano and Strings no 2 in A major, Op. 81/B 155 by Antonín Dvorák
Performer:  Conrad Hansen (Piano)
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Amadeus Quartet
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1887; Bohemia 
13.
Quartet for Strings in G minor, Op. 27 by Edvard Grieg
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Amadeus Quartet
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1877-1878; Norway 

Customer Reviews

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 Warm music from the Cold War January 20, 2017 By Dean Frey See All My Reviews "The latest edition in Audite's excellent series of The RIAS Amadeus Quartet Recordings is volume V, entitled Romanticism. It's a six-CD set containing music by Brahms, Mendelssohn, Schumann, Verdi, Bruckner, Dvorak and Grieg. About a third of the works have never appeared on CD by this distinguished group, so it's a welcome release indeed. RIAS stands for Rundfunk im amerikanischen Sektor (Broadcasting in the American Sector), a radio (and later TV) station set up in 1946, which broadcast from West Berlin throughout the Cold War. I listened to RIAS on shortwave (on the 49 Meter Band) back in the late 1960s and early 70s, though probably not to The Amadeus Quartet. The Quartet itself is from this period; the group was created in 1947 and played with its original founding members until 1987, when the Berlin Wall was still up. And child of that period that I am, "Amadeus" sounds like "String Quartet" to my brain. I wore out the Deutsche Grammophon LPs of the Beethoven Quartets, and later their Schubert, Schumann and Mendelssohn. So this music seems natural and authentic to me; I love their close ensemble and polished sound. To me this sophisticated approach is intuitively the proper style for chamber music of the 19th century, though I've also come to appreciate other more individual, less genteel ways of playing. These recordings come from the 1950s and 60s. They represent the useful compromise of the broadcast studio rather than the recording studio, with a controlled acoustic environment, a comfortable and increasingly familiar space for musicians and technicians, but with less focus on technical perfection and more of the excitement of a live performance. And speaking of familiarity, the guest artists who appear here, violist Cecil Aronowitz, pianist Conrad Hansen, and clarinettist Heinrich Geuser, are all well used to playing with the Amadeus Quartet. They all shine here as brightly as these four great string players: violinists Norbert Brainin and Siegfmund Nissel, violist Peter Schidlof and cellist Martin Lovett." Report Abuse
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