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Brahms: Complete String Quartets, Etc / Quartetto Italiano


Release Date: 11/11/1997 
Label:  Philips Duo Catalog #: 456320   Spars Code: ADD 
Composer:  Johannes Brahms
Performer:  Hephzibah MenuhinGeorge Pieterson
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Quartetto Italiano
Number of Discs: 2 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 2 Hours 27 Mins. 

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Notes and Editorial Reviews

Bows dig deep and emotions range free in these sonorous accounts of the three Brahms quartets. The Italians never play down the Beethovenian resonances in Op. 51/1, even if their sternly concentrated manner in Op. 51/2 leaves little room for expressive manoeuvre. But their majestically assured performance of Op. 67 is the equal of any in the catalogues, while George Pieterson and Hephzibah Menuhin complete this double-disc package with sympathetic readings of the autumnal Clarinet Sonatas, Op. 120.

-- Michael Jameson, BBC Music Magazine
Bows dig deep and emotions range free in these sonorous accounts of the three Brahms quartets. The Italians never play down the Beethovenian resonances in Op. 51/1, even if their sternly concentrated manner in Op. 51/2 leaves little room for expressive manoeuvre. But their majestically assured performance of Op. 67 is the equal of any in the catalogues, while George Pieterson and Hephzibah Menuhin complete this double-disc package with sympathetic readings of the autumnal Clarinet Sonatas, Op. 120.

-- Michael Jameson, BBC Music Magazine
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Works on This Recording

1.
Quartet for Strings no 1 in C minor, Op. 51 no 1 by Johannes Brahms
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Quartetto Italiano
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1865-1873; Austria 
2.
Quartet for Strings no 3 in B flat major, Op. 67 by Johannes Brahms
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Quartetto Italiano
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1875; Austria 
3.
Quartet for Strings no 2 in A minor, Op. 51 no 2 by Johannes Brahms
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Quartetto Italiano
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1865-1873; Austria 
4.
Sonata for Clarinet/Viola and Piano no 1 in F minor, Op. 120 no 1 by Johannes Brahms
Performer:  Hephzibah Menuhin (Piano), George Pieterson (Clarinet)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1894; Germany 
5.
Sonata for Clarinet/Viola and Piano no 2 in E flat major, Op. 120 no 2 by Johannes Brahms
Performer:  Hephzibah Menuhin (Piano), George Pieterson (Clarinet)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1894; Germany 

Sound Samples

String Quartet No.1 in C minor, Op.51 No.1: 1. Allegro
String Quartet No.1 in C minor, Op.51 No.1: 2. Romanze (Poco adagio)
String Quartet No.1 in C minor, Op.51 No.1: 3. Allegretto molto moderato e comodo - Un poco più animato
String Quartet No.1 in C minor, Op.51 No.1: 4. Allegro
String Quartet No.3 in B flat, Op.67: 1. Vivace
String Quartet No.3 in B flat, Op.67: 2. Andante
String Quartet No.3 in B flat, Op.67: 3. Agitato (Allegretto non troppo)
String Quartet No.3 in B flat, Op.67: 4. Poco allegretto con variazioni - Doppio movimento
String Quartet No.2 in A minor, Op.51 No.2: 1. Allegro non troppo
String Quartet No.2 in A minor, Op.51 No.2: 2. Andante moderato
String Quartet No.2 in A minor, Op.51 No.2: 3. Quasi minuetto, moderato - Allegretto vivace
String Quartet No.2 in A minor, Op.51 No.2: 4. Finale (Allegro non assai - Più vivace)
Sonata for Clarinet and Piano No.1 in F minor, Op.120 No.1: 1. Allegro appassionato
Sonata for Clarinet and Piano No.1 in F minor, Op.120 No.1: 2. Andante un poco adagio
Sonata for Clarinet and Piano No.1 in F minor, Op.120 No.1: 3. Allegretto grazioso
Sonata for Clarinet and Piano No.1 in F minor, Op.120 No.1: 4. Vivace
Sonata for Clarinet and Piano No.2 in E flat, Op.120 No.2: 1. Allegro amabile
Sonata for Clarinet and Piano No.2 in E flat, Op.120 No.2: 2. Appassionato, ma non troppo allegro
Sonata for Clarinet and Piano No.2 in E flat, Op.120 No.2: 3. Andante con moto
Sonata for Clarinet and Piano No.2 in E flat, Op.120 No.2: 4. Allegro non troppo

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