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Berg: Complete String Quartets; Webern: 3 Pieces

Release Date: 11/28/2000 
Label:  Md&g (Dabringhaus & Grimm) Gold Catalog #: 3070996   Spars Code: DDD 
Composer:  Alban BergAnton Webern
Performer:  Matthias MoosdorfAndreas SeidelIvo BauerTilman Büning,   ... 
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Leipzig String Quartet
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 0 Hours 52 Mins. 

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Notes and Editorial Reviews

Ninety-one years and a turn of century later, Alban Berg's String Quartet Op. 3 no longer shocks as it once did, but rather sounds more and more like an accessible piece of finely wrought chamber music. That's not to say it contains stretches of "Hum-um-umable melody" (to quote Sondheim's Merrily We Roll Along), but with careful and repeated listening the ear discerns motifs and harmonic patterns where formerly there seemed naught but noise. Such revelations are greatly aided by the Leipzig String Quartet's generously romantic approach both to this and to the Lyric Suite. Its warm legato and passionate phrasing humanize and romanticize Berg's highly personal masterpieces, both created in
Read more connection with love affairs. This is in marked contrast to the Galimir Quartet's strident and angular performances on Vanguard, which place Berg more firmly in the epoch of the Second Viennese School. But the Leipzigers are capable of much fierce energy too, especially in the more explosive moments of the Lyric Suite, which they play with fearless alacrity.

The disc also includes Webern's brief (even for him) Three Pieces for String Quartet, featuring the ethereal singing of Christiane Oelze in the second piece, a setting of one of the composer's poems. At two minutes and ten seconds, it's over before you realize it, but even the much longer Berg works have this effect, thanks to the stunning Leipzig Quartet performances, recorded in top-drawer sound by MDG.
--Victor Carr Jr., ClassicsToday.com Read less

Works on This Recording

Quartet for Strings, Op. 3 by Alban Berg
Performer:  Matthias Moosdorf (Cello), Andreas Seidel (Violin), Ivo Bauer (Viola),
Tilman Büning (Violin)
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Leipzig String Quartet
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1910; Austria 
Venue:  City Hall, Markkleeberg, Germany 
Length: 20 Minutes 46 Secs. 
Notes: City Hall, Markkleeberg, Germany (08/29/1999 - 09/22/1999) 
Lyric Suite for String Quartet by Alban Berg
Performer:  Tilman Büning (Violin), Ivo Bauer (Viola), Matthias Moosdorf (Cello),
Andreas Seidel (Violin)
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Leipzig String Quartet
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1926; Austria 
Venue:  City Hall, Markkleeberg, Germany 
Length: 28 Minutes 8 Secs. 
Notes: City Hall, Markkleeberg, Germany (08/29/1999 - 09/22/1999) 
Pieces (3) for String Quartet by Anton Webern
Performer:  Andreas Seidel (Violin), Tilman Büning (Violin), Ivo Bauer (Viola),
Matthias Moosdorf (Cello), Christiane Oelze (Soprano)
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Leipzig String Quartet
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1913; Vienna, Austria 
Venue:  City Hall, Markkleeberg, Germany 
Length: 2 Minutes 10 Secs. 
Notes: City Hall, Markkleeberg, Germany (08/29/1999 - 09/22/1999) 

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