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The London String Quartet: 1917-1951 Recordings

Beethoven / London String Quartet
Release Date: 09/13/2011 
Label:  Music & Arts   Catalog #: 1253   Spars Code: DDD 
Composer:  Ludwig van BeethovenJohannes BrahmsClaude DebussyFranz Joseph Haydn,   ... 
Orchestra/Ensemble:  London String Quartet
Number of Discs: 8 
Recorded in: Mono 
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Notes and Editorial Reviews

The year 2010 marked a century since the London String Quartet, known affectionately as the LSQ, gave its first concerts. Britain’s leading chamber ensemble for two decades, it was equally well known in America, where it competed on equal terms with the Flonzaley Quartet: in 1925 leading American critic Olin Downes hailed ‘the finest quartet playing that has been heard this Winter in New York’. The LSQ gave many premières, made myriad records and at different times included Albert Sammons and William Primrose. That almost no trace of the group remained in the catalogues in its centenary year was sad but easily explicable. Much of its recorded output was produced by the acoustic process; and often the music was abridged because the Columbia Read more Graphophone Company was not fully committed to chamber music until around 1923. One can still enjoy those old discs, which represent the best of the neat, unfussy British string style; and some of them are reproduced here. But the five programmes performed at the Library of Congress from 1943 to 1951, issued here for the first time, inevitably give a better idea of the LSQ’s capabilities: for one thing, they are played straight through, before a sympathetic audience, rather than being done in a sterile studio by the old stop-start 78rpm method. Read less

Works on This Recording

1.
Quartet for Strings no 9 in C major, Op. 59 no 3 "Razumovsky" by Ludwig van Beethoven
Orchestra/Ensemble:  London String Quartet
Written: 1805/6 
2.
Quartet for Strings no 3 in B flat major, Op. 67 by Johannes Brahms
Orchestra/Ensemble:  London String Quartet
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1875; Austria 
3.
Quartet for Strings in G minor, Op. 10 by Claude Debussy
Orchestra/Ensemble:  London String Quartet
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1893; France 
4.
Quartet for Strings in D minor, Op. 76 no 2/H 3 no 76 "Quinten" by Franz Joseph Haydn
Orchestra/Ensemble:  London String Quartet
Period: Classical 
Written: 1797; Vienna, Austria 
5.
Quartet for Strings in C major, Op. 76 no 3/H 3 no 77 "Emperor" by Franz Joseph Haydn
Orchestra/Ensemble:  London String Quartet
Period: Classical 
Written: 1797; Vienna, Austria 
6.
Quartet for Strings in A major, Op. 41 no 3 by Robert Schumann
Orchestra/Ensemble:  London String Quartet
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1842; Germany 
7.
Quartet for Strings no 12, Op. 70 by Ernst Toch
Orchestra/Ensemble:  London String Quartet
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1946; USA 
8.
Quartet for Strings no 11 in F minor, Op. 95 "Serioso" by Ludwig van Beethoven
Orchestra/Ensemble:  London String Quartet
Written: 1810 
9.
Quartet for Strings no 2 in D flat major, Op. 15 by Ernö von Dohnányi
Orchestra/Ensemble:  London String Quartet
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1906; Berlin, Germany 
10.
Quartet for Strings no 15 in A minor, Op. 132 by Ludwig van Beethoven
Orchestra/Ensemble:  London String Quartet
Period: Classical 
Written: 1825; Vienna, Austria 
11.
Quartet for Strings no 13 in A minor, D 804/Op. 29 no 1 "Rosamunde" by Franz Schubert
Orchestra/Ensemble:  London String Quartet
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1824; Vienna, Austria 
12.
PIeces (5) for String Quartet by Ernest Bloch
Orchestra/Ensemble:  London String Quartet
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1923-1925 
13.
Quartet for Strings in F major by Maurice Ravel
Orchestra/Ensemble:  London String Quartet
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1902-1903; France 
14.
Quartet for Strings no 19 in C major, K 465 "Dissonance" by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Orchestra/Ensemble:  London String Quartet
Period: Classical 
Written: 1785; Vienna, Austria 
15.
Quartet for Strings no 6 in A major "Biscay" by John McEwen
Orchestra/Ensemble:  London String Quartet
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1913; Scotland 
16.
Quartet for Strings no 2 in A minor, Op. 51 no 2 by Johannes Brahms
Orchestra/Ensemble:  London String Quartet
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1865-1873; Austria 
17.
Quartet for Strings in D major, M 9 by César Franck
Orchestra/Ensemble:  London String Quartet
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1889; France 
18.
On Wenlock Edge by Ralph Vaughan Williams
Orchestra/Ensemble:  London String Quartet
Period: 20th Century 
Written: England 
19.
Quartet for Strings no 12 in C minor, D 703/Op. posth "Quartettsatz" by Franz Schubert
Orchestra/Ensemble:  London String Quartet
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1820; Vienna, Austria 
20.
Quartet for Strings in E minor, Op. 83 by Sir Edward Elgar
Orchestra/Ensemble:  London String Quartet
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1918; England 
21.
Idylls (3) for String Quartet, H 67 by Frank Bridge
Orchestra/Ensemble:  London String Quartet
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1906; England 
22.
An Irish Melody "Londonderry Air", H 86 by Frank Bridge
Orchestra/Ensemble:  London String Quartet
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1908; England 
23.
Quartet for Strings in A minor: Finale by Fritz Kreisler
Orchestra/Ensemble:  London String Quartet
24.
Work(s) by Stephen Foster
Orchestra/Ensemble:  London String Quartet

Sound Samples

String Quartet No. 9 in C major, Op. 59, No. 3, "Rasumovsky": I. Andante con moto - Allegro vivace
String Quartet No. 9 in C major, Op. 59, No. 3, "Rasumovsky": II. Andante con moto quasi allegretto
String Quartet No. 9 in C major, Op. 59, No. 3, "Rasumovsky": III. Menuetto: Grazioso
String Quartet No. 9 in C major, Op. 59, No. 3, "Rasumovsky": IV. Allegro molto
String Quartet No. 3 in B flat major, Op. 67: I. Vivace
String Quartet No. 3 in B flat major, Op. 67: II. Andante
String Quartet No. 3 in B flat major, Op. 67: III. Agitato: Allegretto non troppo
String Quartet No. 3 in B flat major, Op. 67: IV. Poco allegretto con variazioni
String Quartet in G minor, Op. 10: I. Anime et tres decide
String Quartet in G minor, Op. 10: II. Assez vif et bien rythme
String Quartet in G minor, Op. 10: III. Andantino doucement expressif
String Quartet in G minor, Op. 10: IV. Tres modere - En animant peu a peu - Tres mouvemente et avec passion
String Quartet No. 61 in D minor, Op. 76, No. 2, Hob.III:76, "Fifths": I. Allegro
String Quartet No. 61 in D minor, Op. 76, No. 2, Hob.III:76, "Fifths": II. Andante o piu tosto allegretto
String Quartet No. 61 in D minor, Op. 76, No. 2, Hob.III:76, "Fifths": III. Menuetto: Allegro ma no troppo
String Quartet No. 61 in D minor, Op. 76, No. 2, Hob.III:76, "Fifths": IV. Vivace assai
String Quartet No. 62 in C major, Op. 76, No. 3, Hob.III:77, "Emperor": I. Allegro
String Quartet No. 62 in C major, Op. 76, No. 3, Hob.III:77, "Emperor": II. Poco adagio, cantabile
String Quartet No. 62 in C major, Op. 76, No. 3, Hob.III:77, "Emperor": III. Menuetto: Allegro
String Quartet No. 62 in C major, Op. 76, No. 3, Hob.III:77, "Emperor": IV. Finale: Presto

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