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Brahms: String Quartets, Quintets & Sextets / Verdi Quartett


Release Date: 04/20/2018 
Label:  Hänssler Classic   Catalog #: 16084  
Composer:  Johannes Brahms
Performer:  Peter BuckHermann VossFrançois Benda
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Verdi Quartet
Number of Discs: 4 
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Notes and Editorial Reviews

Time and again the four members of the Verdi Quartet have successfully communicated their own enthusiasm to their audiences, for instance at the great festivals at Schwetzingen, Ludwigsburg and Zermatt, the Mozart Festival at Lille (France), the Orlando Festival in Kerkrade (Netherlands) and the Bach Festival in Oregon, where they were appointed Quartet in Residence. Their national and international commitments have taken the quartet to virtually all the leading concert venues, not only in Europe but also in the USA, Canada, Africa and South Korea. They have appeared with eminent performers such as Norbert Brainin, Siegmund Nissel and Martin Lovett, Bruno Giuranna, Alfredo Perl, Günter Ludwig, Rudolf Meister and Matthias Kirschnereit. Read more Since 2003, the quartet has had a festival of its own, “vielsaitig” in Füssen, a mixture of concerts, chamber music and solo master classes, as well as a symposium for string instruments making. The members of the quartet are also sought-after teachers. They teach singly and as a group at the academies in Mannheim and Rostock, and at workshops in many of the world’s countries. On this impressive release, the ensemble tackles the entirety of J.S. Bach’s oeuvre for string quartet. Read less

Works on This Recording

1.
Quartet for Strings no 1 in C minor, Op. 51 no 1 by Johannes Brahms
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Verdi Quartet
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1865-1873; Austria 
2.
Quartet for Strings no 2 in A minor, Op. 51 no 2 by Johannes Brahms
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Verdi Quartet
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1865-1873; Austria 
3.
Sextet for Strings no 1 in B flat major, Op. 18 by Johannes Brahms
Performer:  Peter Buck (Cello), Hermann Voss (Viola)
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Verdi Quartet
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1859-1860; Germany 
4.
Quintet for Strings no 2 in G major, Op. 111 by Johannes Brahms
Performer:  Hermann Voss (Viola)
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Verdi Quartet
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1890; Austria 
5.
Quintet for Strings no 1 in F major, Op. 88 by Johannes Brahms
Performer:  Hermann Voss (Viola)
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Verdi Quartet
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1882; Austria 
6.
Sextet for Strings no 2 in G major, Op. 36 by Johannes Brahms
Performer:  Peter Buck (Cello), Hermann Voss (Viola)
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Verdi Quartet
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1864-1865; Austria 
7.
Quintet for Clarinet and Strings in B minor, Op. 115 by Johannes Brahms
Performer:  François Benda (Clarinet)
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Verdi Quartet
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1891; Austria 
8.
Quartet for Strings no 3 in B flat major, Op. 67 by Johannes Brahms
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Verdi Quartet
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1875; Austria 

Customer Reviews

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 Measured and precise Brahms April 26, 2018 By Dean Frey See All My Reviews "Hanssler has re-packaged the Verdi Quartett's Brahms chamber music, released on four individual CDs in the first decade of the 2000s, into a set that represents excellent value. The performances are for the most part at a very high level, with admirable intonation and coherence. If I had a quibble, it would be that the more controlled, classical approach of the group occasionally results in a loss of emotional content. The lower temperature actually worked out well in the current case, though, since I don't think I could have listened to five hours of Brahms played by musicians wearing their hearts on their sleeves. And turning things up to 11 in this music presents the very real danger of moving into sentimentality and kitsch. That's not the case here; everything is measured and sometimes the tiniest bit careful. The guests are as excellent as the group itself: in the String Quintets we have violist Hermann Voss, with cellist Peter Buck added for the Sextets. Finally, there's Francois Benda playing beautifully in the Clarinet Quintet. The recording is bright and clear, which only emphasizes the precision of the playing." Report Abuse
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