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Christian Ernst Graf: Five String Quartets

Graf / Via Nova Quartet
Release Date: 05/12/2015 
Label:  Cpo   Catalog #: 777865   Spars Code: DDD 
Composer:  Christian Ernst Graf
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Germany) Via Nova Quartett (String Quartet
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 1 Hours 1 Mins. 

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Works on This Recording

1.
String Quartet in D major, Op. 17/4 by Christian Ernst Graf
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Germany) Via Nova Quartett (String Quartet
Period: Classical 
Date of Recording: 10/2012 
Venue:  Saarländischer Rundfunk, Großer Sendesaa 
Length: 11 Minutes 15 Secs. 
2.
String Quartet no. 6 in F major by Christian Ernst Graf
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Germany) Via Nova Quartett (String Quartet
Period: Classical 
Date of Recording: 10/2012 
Venue:  Saarländischer Rundfunk, Großer Sendesaa 
Length: 11 Minutes 30 Secs. 
3.
String Quartet in G minor, Op. 17/1 by Christian Ernst Graf
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Germany) Via Nova Quartett (String Quartet
Period: Classical 
Date of Recording: 10/2012 
Venue:  Saarländischer Rundfunk, Großer Sendesaa 
Length: 11 Minutes 20 Secs. 
4.
String Quartet No. 4 in D major by Christian Ernst Graf
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Germany) Via Nova Quartett (String Quartet
Period: Classical 
Date of Recording: 10/2012 
Venue:  Saarländischer Rundfunk, Großer Sendesaa 
Length: 15 Minutes 16 Secs. 
5.
String Quartet in G major, Op. 17/3 by Christian Ernst Graf
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Germany) Via Nova Quartett (String Quartet
Period: Classical 
Date of Recording: 10/2012 
Venue:  Saarländischer Rundfunk, Großer Sendesaa 
Length: 11 Minutes 2 Secs. 

Customer Reviews

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 Very Interesting Program June 30, 2015 By Henry S. (Springfield, VA) See All My Reviews "Eighteenth century German composer Christian Graf is surely an unknown quantity to just about anyone who is not a musical historian. The CD notes contribute an extensive narrative of Graf's employment with European nobility in several locations, which of course was generally the norm in those days. On this new CPO disk, 5 string quartets are performed by the ensemble Via Nova Quartett, which to my ears sounds like a 'period instrument' group. The works are relatively simple in construction and of short duration, generally running between 10 and 15 minutes each. Although the CD notes do not specifically identify composition dates, it can be inferred that they probably date from the 3rd quarter of the 18th century, based on their rather uncomplicated content. Compared to the rigorous approach taken by Haydn, whose career was not that far removed in time from that of Graf, Graf's quartets are more relaxed, relying on a constant chain of melodies and minimal key shifts. I think these works can be enjoyed as examples of what chamber music was like in the heart of the Enlightenment Age, and slightly before Haydn and Mozart cast the rules for string quartets into concrete. The Via Nova Quartett plays Graf's music with style and grace, establishing an atmosphere of artistic authenticity for the program. If you like music written in the transition period from the very late Baroque to the early Classical Era, you will enjoy this fine new CPO recording." Report Abuse
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