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Bruckner: String Quintet, String Quartet / Fine Arts Quartet


Release Date: 12/16/2008 
Label:  Naxos   Catalog #: 8570788   Spars Code: n/a 
Composer:  Anton Bruckner
Performer:  Efim BoicoRalph EvansYuri GandelsmanWolfgang Laufer,   ... 
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Fine Arts String Quartet
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 1 Hours 20 Mins. 

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Notes and Editorial Reviews

Bruckner's Quintet is an odd piece, even for this composer. The Adagio of course is beautiful, and it sounds especially lovely in this tender, flowing performance. The rest, well, if you like Bruckner, you'll like it--but there are occasions, such as the coda of the finale, where the music's attempt to impersonate its equivalent moment in the Seventh Symphony is comical. Here the Fine Arts Quartet is a touch less impressive, with first violinist Ralph Evans unwilling to give up his espressivo phrasing in music that should be played with robotic precision (it's just tremolos and arpeggios, after all). Nevertheless, this is a minor point in what otherwise is a wholly recommendable performance. The early (1862) String Quartet in C minor is Read more basically a composition exercise devoid of personality, though of course it's pleasant enough, and very well played here; but the Intermezzo (a substitute movement for the Quintet) is lovely, and the Rondo in C minor (for quartet) fills out the disc to bring the playing time up to 79-plus minutes. Self-recommending for Bruckner fans or chamber music lovers looking to fill a gap in their collections.

--David Hurwitz, ClassicsToday.com
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Works on This Recording

1.
Intermezzo for String Quintet in D minor, WAB 113 by Anton Bruckner
Performer:  Efim Boico (Violin), Ralph Evans (Violin), Yuri Gandelsman (Viola),
Wolfgang Laufer (Cello), Gil Sharon (Viola)
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Fine Arts String Quartet
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1879; Vienna, Austria 
2.
Rondo for String Quartet in C minor by Anton Bruckner
Performer:  Efim Boico (Violin), Ralph Evans (Violin), Yuri Gandelsman (Viola),
Wolfgang Laufer (Cello)
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Fine Arts String Quartet
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1862; Austria 
3.
Quartet for Strings in C minor, WAB 111 by Anton Bruckner
Performer:  Wolfgang Laufer (Cello), Yuri Gandelsman (Viola), Ralph Evans (Violin),
Efim Boico (Violin)
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Fine Arts String Quartet
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1862; Linz, Austria 
4.
Quintet for Strings in F major, WAB 112 by Anton Bruckner
Performer:  Gil Sharon (Viola), Wolfgang Laufer (Cello), Yuri Gandelsman (Viola),
Ralph Evans (Violin), Efim Boico (Violin)
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Fine Arts String Quartet
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1879; Vienna, Austria 

Sound Samples

String Quintet in F major, WAB 112: I. Gemassigt
String Quintet in F major, WAB 112: II. Scherzo: Schnell - Trio: Langsamer
String Quintet in F major, WAB 112: III. Adagio
String Quintet in F major, WAB 112: IV. Finale: Lebhaft bewegt
Intermezzo in D minor, WAB 113
String Quartet in C minor, WAB 111: I. Allegro moderato
String Quartet in C minor, WAB 111: II. Andante
String Quartet in C minor, WAB 111: III. Scherzo: Presto
String Quartet in C minor, WAB 111: IV. Rondo: Schnell
Rondo in C minor (alternative Finale for String Quartet in C minor, WAB 111)

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