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Berwald: Complete String Quartets / Yggdrasil Quartet


Release Date: 11/19/1996 
Label:  Bis   Catalog #: 759   Spars Code: DDD 
Composer:  Franz Berwald
Performer:  Fredrik PaulssonPer ÖmanPer NystromRobert Westlund
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Yggdrasil Quartet
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 1 Hours 17 Mins. 

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Notes and Editorial Reviews

}Gramophone (2/97, p.p 68-9) - "...[The Yggdrasil Quartet's] readings are thoughtful, with well-judged tempos; they are musically phrased, full of rhythmic life, and distinguished by a refined tonal blend....a strong and enthusiastic recommendation."{ }Gramophone (2/97, p.p 68-9) - "...[The Yggdrasil Quartet's] readings are thoughtful, with well-judged tempos; they are musically phrased, full of rhythmic life, and distinguished by a refined tonal blend....a strong and enthusiastic recommendation."{ Read less

Works on This Recording

1.
Quartet for Strings no 1 in G minor by Franz Berwald
Performer:  Fredrik Paulsson (Violin), Per Öman (Violin), Per Nystrom (Cello),
Robert Westlund (Viola)
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Yggdrasil Quartet
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1818; Sweden 
Date of Recording: 04/1996 
2.
Quartet for Strings no 2 in A minor by Franz Berwald
Performer:  Per Nystrom (Cello), Fredrik Paulsson (Violin), Per Öman (Violin),
Robert Westlund (Viola)
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Yggdrasil Quartet
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1849; Sweden 
Date of Recording: 04/1996 
3.
Quartet for Strings no 3 in E flat major by Franz Berwald
Performer:  Per Nystrom (Cello), Robert Westlund (Viola), Per Öman (Violin),
Fredrik Paulsson (Violin)
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Yggdrasil Quartet
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1849; Sweden 
Date of Recording: 04/1996 

Sound Samples

String Quartet No. 1 in G minor: I. Allegro moderato
String Quartet No. 1 in G minor: II. Poco adagio
String Quartet No. 1 in G minor: III. Scherzo
String Quartet No. 1 in G minor: IV. Allegretto
String Quartet No. 2 in A minor: I. Introduzione
String Quartet No. 2 in A minor: II. Adagio
String Quartet No. 2 in A minor: III. Scherzo
String Quartet No. 2 in A minor: IV. Finale
String Quartet No. 3 in E flat major: I. Introduzione
String Quartet No. 3 in E flat major: II. Adagio quasi andante
String Quartet No. 3 in E flat major: III. Scherzo
String Quartet No. 3 in E flat major: IV. Adagio
String Quartet No. 3 in E flat major: V. Allegro di molto

Customer Reviews

Average Customer Review:  1 Customer Review )
 Excellent Swedish Chamber Music July 21, 2012 By Henry S. (Springfield, VA) See All My Reviews "This is an excellent survey of Swedish composer Franz Berwald's three string quartets. The Yggdrasil Quartet, a technically accomplished Swedish ensemble,has this music in its blood, resulting in a performance that is accessible, authentic, and a pleasure to hear. The 33 minute Quartet # 1 in G Minor was written by a very young Berwald (22 years old), but it reflects mature compositional techniques. The later Quartets # 2 and # 3 are more compact, date from the 1840's, and show Berwald's growth as a composer. All three quartets fall sqarely in the Romantic tradition. Excellent sound quality, as usual from BIS. Recommended." Report Abuse
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