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Encore - Brahms: String Quartets 1 & 2 / Thomas Kakuska, Belcea String Quartet


Release Date: 02/24/2009 
Label:  Emi Classics   Catalog #: 35711   Spars Code: n/a 
Composer:  Johannes Brahms
Performer:  Thomas Kakuska
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Belcea String Quartet
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
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Notes and Editorial Reviews

"The Belcea Quartet is a young ensemble that, on the evidence of this disc, has an affinity for Brahms' often knotty chamber works. Its performance of the C minor quartet may lack the tonal and dynamic variety brought to it by groups like the Alban Berg Quartet and the Cleveland Quartet, both of which make a lot more of the Allegretto's poco animato section and are more expressively lyrical in the Romanza, but the Belcea plays with the energy and tonal luster the work requires. Their Allegro first movement is full of thrustful drama, while their handling of transitions is skillful and their slight relaxations never break the piece's intensity. In the subdued middle movements they capture much of the lyricism but seem more reined-in Read more than necessary, disappointingly understated at times. They appear more comfortable in the energetic outer movements, though even there a bit more dramatic rhetoric wouldn't have been out of place."

[4/29/2004] --Dan Davis, ClassicsToday.com
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Works on This Recording

1. Quartet for Strings no 1 in C minor, Op. 51 no 1 by Johannes Brahms
Performer:  Thomas Kakuska (Viola)
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Belcea String Quartet
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1865-1873; Austria 
2. Quartet for Strings no 2 in A minor, Op. 51 no 2 by Johannes Brahms
Performer:  Thomas Kakuska (Viola)
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Belcea String Quartet
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1865-1873; Austria 

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