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Brahms: String Quartets No 1 & 2 / Cleveland Quartet


Release Date: 07/26/1994 
Label:  Telarc   Catalog #: 80346   Spars Code: DDD 
Composer:  Johannes Brahms
Performer:  Peter SalaffDonald WeilersteinJames DunhamPaul Katz
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Cleveland String Quartet
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 1 Hours 8 Mins. 

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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:  Peter Salaff (Violin), Donald Weilerstein (Violin), James Dunham (Viola),
Paul Katz (Cello)
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Cleveland 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:  Paul Katz (Cello), Peter Salaff (Violin), James Dunham (Viola),
Donald Weilerstein (Violin)
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Cleveland String Quartet
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1865-1873; Austria 

Customer Reviews

Average Customer Review:  1 Customer Review )
 As with the symphonies... May 16, 2014 By James Carleton (Camarillo, CA) See All My Reviews "Brahms was very slow to write his first quartet, but once he tackled the form, he just had to write another one, with a third coming just a couple of years later. Then he entirely abandoned the quartet. Why, we will likely never be certain, but we do know that Brahms attached as much importance to the string quartet as he did the symphony. We also know that, in his youth, he wrote a lot of music for string quartet, most of which never saw performance, some of which was re-worked in other forms. In similar vein, I came fairly late to the chamber music of Brahms, and I still have trouble enjoying much of it. This is not the case with these two quartets, nor with the F-minor Piano Quintet. I own several recordings of the latter work, and two of the first quartet, the other being by the Budapest. In reviewing this, I must refer to the Budapest's reading. The Budapest takes the outer movements at rather a brisker pace, which helps keep the music from becoming turgid; this is especially important in the first movement. On the other hand, the Cleveland takes the time to bring out some of the inner lines that get a bit lost at the faster tempo. I give a slight nod to the Cleveland, as harmonic architecture is of critical importance to Brahms' music. I tend to feel that the third movement is the linchpin of this work, and here the Budapest is the front-runner, if only by a nose. The timings are nearly identical; both groups are plangent, limpid, but not flabby. Phrasing is a bit tighter with the Budapest; clarity of inner lines is still the strength of the Cleveland. I give the Budapest the nod mainly because they really sound like one performer in this movement, so well-honed is their partnership. Still, this recording is wonderful, and you get both op. 51 quartets. If you are a true devotee of Brahms' chamber music, you will enjoy it." Report Abuse
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