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Schubert: String Quintet; Britten String Quartet No 3 / Amadeus Quartet

Schubert / Amadeus Quartet
Release Date: 11/08/2005 
Label:  Testament   Catalog #: 1002  
Composer:  Franz SchubertBenjamin Britten
Performer:  William PleethPeter SchidlofNorbert BraininSiegmund Nissel,   ... 
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Amadeus Quartet
Number of Discs: 1 
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Notes and Editorial Reviews

To be able to see the Amadeus Quartet in full colour, playing congenial repertoire in one of their favourite venues and at the height of their powers, is a wonderful privilege. To those of us who were fortunate enough to attend some of their concerts, it will bring back imperishable memories. Their debut took place on 13 July 1947 in the Great Hall at Dartington Hall in Devon. At that stage they were known to a small but select group of admirers as the Brainin Quartet; but word-of-mouth reports created so much excitement that when they made their London entré as the Amadeus Quartet, at the Wigmore Hall on the afternoon of Saturday 10 January 1948, 200 people had to be turned away. With hindsight, the processes that brought them Read more together look inexorable and inevitable. Three talented young Austrian violinists - Norbert Brainin and Siegmund Nissel, born in Vienna in 1923 and 1922 respectively, and Hans Peter Schidlof (1922-87) from provincial Mödling - came to England as refugees, were interned by the government in the early years of the war and moved into the orbit of an older refugee, the Silesian-born violinist and pedagogue Max Rostal. They got to know each other and found that chamber music was what they most enjoyed playing - but three violinists do not a string quartet make: someone had to play viola and they needed a cellist. Schidlof first encountered Martin Lovett, born in London in 1927, when they were both in a little orchestra at Glyndebourne for Benjamin Britten's 'The Rape of Lucretia'. The two films being released from 1977 autumn festival at The Maltings, Snape, take the process one step further. Jacob de Vries, who organized the event, recalls that he had some trepidation about approaching Benjamin Britten and Peter Pears, who ran the summer festival at Aldeburgh, to gain their support for the new venture. The potential problem was that the concerts would be sponsored by a tobacco company. However, when he laid out his plan to Pears, explaining that the festival would be devoted to music by Schubert and Britten and that Sviatoslav Richter, Clifford Curzon and the Amadeus would be involved, the tenor was won over. And Britten, who was already ill, gave his blessings too. The composer planned to be present but alas, he died on 4 December 1976. The two Amadeus concerts were filmed under the direction of John Culshaw, the famous Decca record producer and television arts executive. Recorded at the Snape Maltings, Aldeburgh, 28.IX.1977. Executive producer: Jacob de Vries. Director: John Culshaw, OBE. Read less

Works on This Recording

Quintet for Strings in C major, Op. 163/D 956 by Franz Schubert
Performer:  William Pleeth (Cello), Peter Schidlof (Viola), Norbert Brainin (Violin),
Siegmund Nissel (Violin), Martin Lovett (Cello)
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Amadeus Quartet
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1828; Vienna, Austria 
Date of Recording: 9/1977 
Venue:  Snape Maltings, Aldeburgh 
Quartet for Strings no 3, Op. 94 by Benjamin Britten
Performer:  Martin Lovett (Cello), Siegmund Nissel (Violin), Norbert Brainin (Violin),
Peter Schidlof (Viola)
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Amadeus Quartet
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1975; England 
Date of Recording: 9/1977 
Venue:  Snape Maltings, Aldeburgh 

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