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Webern, Shostakovich, Burian / Rosamunde Quartett

Release Date: 04/18/2000 
Label:  Ecm   Catalog #: 457067   Spars Code: DDD 
Composer:  Anton WebernDmitri ShostakovichEmil Frantisek Burian
Performer:  Andreas ReinerHelmut NicolaiSimon FordhamAnja Lechner
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Rosamunde Quartet
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 0 Hours 47 Mins. 

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Notes and Editorial Reviews

At first glance, one might ask what accounts for bringing these disparate works together. Andreas Reiner, the first violinist of the Rosamunde Quartet, explains that "all three pieces are monothematically structured and end in dissolution, like the extinguishing of a candle."
At the top is a work by Anton von Webern, a member of the so-called Second Viennese School of serial, twelve-tone music. 'Langsamer Satz' from 1905 is his final tonal composition. Extravagantly melodious, the work receives a ravishing performance here. Dmitri Shostakovich's Eighth Quartet is considered by many to be his 'War Requiem.' The composer virtually said as much by dedicating the work to "the victims of fascism and war." Certainly the violence embodied
Read more in the scherzo captures the brutal essence of wartime.
The highlight of this recording is the CD debut of the Fourth Quartet from the Czech composer Emil Frantisek Burian. While not as mournful, this 1947 quartet is similar in feel to the Shostakovich (but with a freer tonality) and has just a dash of the Bohemian rhythms of Burian's homeland.
BBC Music (3/98, p.61) - Performance: 4 (out of 5), Sound: 3 (out of 5) - "...[The Webern and the Shostakovich] both receive passionate, full-frontal performances from the Munich-based Rosamunde Quartet....If you enjoy Debussy, Bartók and early Schoenberg, you'll appreciate [Emil Frantisek] Burian's quartet..." Read less

Works on This Recording

Langsamer Satz for String Quartet, M 78 by Anton Webern
Performer:  Andreas Reiner (Violin), Helmut Nicolai (Viola), Simon Fordham (Violin),
Anja Lechner (Cello)
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Rosamunde Quartet
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1905; Vienna, Austria 
Date of Recording: 12/1996 
Quartet for Strings no 8 in C minor, Op. 110 by Dmitri Shostakovich
Performer:  Helmut Nicolai (Viola), Andreas Reiner (Violin), Simon Fordham (Violin),
Anja Lechner (Cello)
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Rosamunde Quartet
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1960; USSR 
Date of Recording: 12/1996 
Quartet for Strings no 4, Op. 95 by Emil Frantisek Burian
Performer:  Simon Fordham (Violin), Helmut Nicolai (Viola), Anja Lechner (Cello),
Andreas Reiner (Violin)
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Rosamunde Quartet
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1947; Czech Republic 
Date of Recording: 12/1996 

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