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Encores - Bach, Haydn, Et Al / Leipzig String Quartet


Release Date: 07/25/2006 
Label:  Md&g (Dabringhaus & Grimm) Gold Catalog #: 3071362   Spars Code: DDD 
Composer:  Johann Sebastian BachLudwig van BeethovenAstor PiazzollaPaul Hindemith,   ... 
Performer:  Tilman BüningAndreas SeidelMatthias MoosdorfIvo Bauer,   ... 
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Leipzig String Quartet
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 1 Hours 13 Mins. 

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Notes and Editorial Reviews

By its title you can tell that this is not a cohesive program but rather a collection of audience-pleasing, concert-ending pieces; but what you can't tell is just how varied and unusual many of the selections are, or how expertly the performances are delivered to maximize the character of each work. >From bowing style to sonic atmosphere, the excellent Leipzig String Quartet takes care to clearly distinguish between the lush Romanticism of Wolf and Bruckner, the harder-edged sensuality of Piazzolla's Four, for Tango, and the clean-edged, vibrato-less, viol-like quality in Heinrich Isaac's Sequentia. These "encores" range from less than two minutes (Wagner's Albumblatt, Charles Ives' Scherzo) to as long as nine or 10 (Wolf's Read more Intermezzo, Schubert's Movement D. 703, Bruckner's D minor Intermezzo for string quintet), but they're invariably entertaining, from Piazzolla's delightfully squeaky, shrieky, scratchy tango to the famous Cavatina from Beethoven's string quartet Op. 130, which here eschews the usual weepy dramatic style for a steady flow that doesn't stop or even slow much for expressive liberties.


The Bach selections are very well done, as are the finely phrased and aptly articulated variations from Haydn's "Emperor" quartet. And what listener could fail to appreciate the humor in Hindemith's Overture to the Flying Dutchman, as played at sight by a second-rate concert orchestra at the village well at 7 o'clock in the morning?

My only complaint is that there are virtually no notes on the encores themselves--yet there are several pages of philosophical musings titled "In Quest of the Nature of Music". Oh well, the music is nevertheless terrific, and the playing benefits from the intimate interactivity characteristic of a seasoned ensemble. And, unusually for programs of this kind, the quartet recorded these pieces specifically for this CD rather than just making a compilation from pre-existing discs or concert tapes--a classy and very welcome decision that gives the sound consistency and coherence. A fine effort all around!
--David Vernier, ClassicsToday.com

"...Hindemith’s Holländer overture is frankly the most hilarious Wagner pastiche imaginable, the only snag being that, according to the title, it should be played by “a second-rate concert orchestra”; the Leipzig Quartet are not bad enough to sound second-rate. What Hindemith has done with Wagner’s music is rewrite it and add wrong notes that bad players are supposed to produce every now and then. Here the effect is of a world-class string quartet playing thrilling modernistic music. There is no mistaking their playing for half-hearted amateurism. And of course who would want to have it badly played for repeated listening? And don’t be surprised when you suddenly realise that a sheet from a Vienna Waltz by mistake has been stuck in between two pages near the end. Great entertainment."
--Göran Forsling, Musicweb-International.com Read less

Works on This Recording

1.
Der Tag ist hin, die Sonne gehet nieder, BWV 447 by Johann Sebastian Bach
Performer:  Tilman Büning (Violin), Andreas Seidel (Violin), Matthias Moosdorf (Cello),
Ivo Bauer (Viola)
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Leipzig String Quartet
Period: Baroque 
Written: by 1736; Leipzig, Germany 
Venue:  Paul-Gerhardt-Kirche, Leipzig, Germany 
Length: 1 Minutes 37 Secs. 
Notes: Paul-Gerhardt-Kirche, Leipzig, Germany (05/24/2005 - 05/26/2005) 
2.
Wenn wir in höchsten Nöten sein, BWV 668a by Johann Sebastian Bach
Performer:  Matthias Moosdorf (Cello), Ivo Bauer (Viola), Tilman Büning (Violin),
Andreas Seidel (Violin)
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Leipzig String Quartet
Period: Baroque 
Venue:  Paul-Gerhardt-Kirche, Leipzig, Germany 
Length: 3 Minutes 41 Secs. 
Notes: Paul-Gerhardt-Kirche, Leipzig, Germany (05/24/2005 - 05/26/2005) 
3.
Quartet for Strings no 13 in B flat major, Op. 130: 5th movement, Cavatina by Ludwig van Beethoven
Performer:  Matthias Moosdorf (Cello), Ivo Bauer (Viola), Tilman Büning (Violin),
Andreas Seidel (Violin)
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Leipzig String Quartet
Period: Classical 
Written: 1825-1826; Vienna, Austria 
Venue:  Paul-Gerhardt-Kirche, Leipzig, Germany 
Length: 5 Minutes 34 Secs. 
Notes: Paul-Gerhardt-Kirche, Leipzig, Germany (05/24/2005 - 05/26/2005) 
4.
Four, for Tango by Astor Piazzolla
Performer:  Matthias Moosdorf (Cello), Ivo Bauer (Viola), Tilman Büning (Violin),
Andreas Seidel (Violin)
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Leipzig String Quartet
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1987; Argentina 
Venue:  Paul-Gerhardt-Kirche, Leipzig, Germany 
Length: 6 Minutes 19 Secs. 
Notes: Paul-Gerhardt-Kirche, Leipzig, Germany (05/24/2005 - 05/26/2005) 
5.
Overture to the "Flying Dutchman" played by a second-rate... by Paul Hindemith
Performer:  Matthias Moosdorf (Cello), Ivo Bauer (Viola), Tilman Büning (Violin),
Andreas Seidel (Violin)
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Leipzig String Quartet
Period: 20th Century 
Venue:  Paul-Gerhardt-Kirche, Leipzig, Germany 
Length: 7 Minutes 37 Secs. 
Notes: Paul-Gerhardt-Kirche, Leipzig, Germany (05/24/2005 - 05/26/2005) 
6.
Quartet for Strings no 12 in C minor, D 703/Op. posth "Quartettsatz" by Franz Schubert
Performer:  Andreas Seidel (Violin), Tilman Büning (Violin), Ivo Bauer (Viola),
Matthias Moosdorf (Cello)
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Leipzig String Quartet
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1820; Vienna, Austria 
Venue:  Paul-Gerhardt-Kirche, Leipzig, Germany 
Length: 9 Minutes 9 Secs. 
Notes: Paul-Gerhardt-Kirche, Leipzig, Germany (05/24/2005 - 05/26/2005) 
7.
Intermezzo for String Quartet in E flat major by Hugo Wolf
Performer:  Matthias Moosdorf (Cello), Ivo Bauer (Viola), Tilman Büning (Violin),
Andreas Seidel (Violin)
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Leipzig String Quartet
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1886; Vienna, Austria 
Venue:  Paul-Gerhardt-Kirche, Leipzig, Germany 
Length: 10 Minutes 14 Secs. 
Notes: Paul-Gerhardt-Kirche, Leipzig, Germany (05/24/2005 - 05/26/2005) 
8.
Choralis Constantinus: Sequentia by Heinrich Isaac
Performer:  Matthias Moosdorf (Cello), Ivo Bauer (Viola), Tilman Büning (Violin),
Andreas Seidel (Violin)
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Leipzig String Quartet
Period: Renaissance 
Written: Italy 
Venue:  Paul-Gerhardt-Kirche, Leipzig, Germany 
Length: 4 Minutes 55 Secs. 
Notes: Paul-Gerhardt-Kirche, Leipzig, Germany (05/24/2005 - 05/26/2005) 
9.
Elegy for Piano in A flat major by Richard Wagner
Performer:  Matthias Moosdorf (Cello), Ivo Bauer (Viola), Tilman Büning (Violin),
Andreas Seidel (Violin)
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Leipzig String Quartet
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1859-1862; Germany 
Venue:  Paul-Gerhardt-Kirche, Leipzig, Germany 
Length: 1 Minutes 28 Secs. 
Notes: Paul-Gerhardt-Kirche, Leipzig, Germany (05/24/2005 - 05/26/2005) 
10.
Intermezzo for String Quintet in D minor, WAB 113 by Anton Bruckner
Performer:  Hartmut Rohde (Viola), Matthias Moosdorf (Cello), Ivo Bauer (Viola),
Tilman Büning (Violin), Andreas Seidel (Violin)
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Leipzig String Quartet
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1879; Vienna, Austria 
Venue:  Paul-Gerhardt-Kirche, Leipzig, Germany 
Length: 9 Minutes 0 Secs. 
Notes: Paul-Gerhardt-Kirche, Leipzig, Germany (05/24/2005 - 05/26/2005) 
11.
Quartet for Strings in C major, Op. 76 no 3/H 3 no 77 "Emperor": Andante by Franz Joseph Haydn
Performer:  Matthias Moosdorf (Cello), Ivo Bauer (Viola), Tilman Büning (Violin),
Andreas Seidel (Violin)
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Leipzig String Quartet
Period: Classical 
Written: 1797; Vienna, Austria 
Venue:  Paul-Gerhardt-Kirche, Leipzig, Germany 
Length: 5 Minutes 52 Secs. 
Notes: Paul-Gerhardt-Kirche, Leipzig, Germany (05/24/2005 - 05/26/2005) 
12.
Crisantemi "Elegy" by Giacomo Puccini
Performer:  Matthias Moosdorf (Cello), Ivo Bauer (Viola), Tilman Büning (Violin),
Andreas Seidel (Violin)
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Leipzig String Quartet
Period: Romantic 
Written: by 1890; Italy 
Venue:  Paul-Gerhardt-Kirche, Leipzig, Germany 
Length: 5 Minutes 13 Secs. 
Notes: Paul-Gerhardt-Kirche, Leipzig, Germany (05/24/2005 - 05/26/2005) 
13.
A Set of Short Pieces (3): no 2, Scherzo "Holding Your Own" by Charles Ives
Performer:  Matthias Moosdorf (Cello), Ivo Bauer (Viola), Tilman Büning (Violin),
Andreas Seidel (Violin)
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Leipzig String Quartet
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1903-1914; USA 
Venue:  Paul-Gerhardt-Kirche, Leipzig, Germany 
Length: 1 Minutes 33 Secs. 
Notes: Paul-Gerhardt-Kirche, Leipzig, Germany (05/24/2005 - 05/26/2005) 

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