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Britten: String Quartets 2 & 3, Etc / Amadeus Quartet


Release Date: 05/25/1999 
Label:  London/Decca Chamber Mus Series Catalog #: 425715   Spars Code: ADD 
Composer:  Benjamin Britten
Performer:  Norbert BraininSiegmund NisselPeter SchidlofMartin Lovett,   ... 
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Amadeus String QuartetVienna Octet
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 1 Hours 7 Mins. 

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Notes and Editorial Reviews

"[The Amadeus Quartet's] greatest quality is the way it communicates enjoyment of this music's sound-world: Norbert Brainin blissfully carolling away in the first movement of the Second Quartet, Peter Schidlof eloquently responding to the big emotional gestures of the finale and all four of them relishing the huge tonal contrasts that the work insists on. . . . [T]o hear the Amadeus responding to the Second Quartet's virtuosity of invention with such zest is an inspiriting experience. . . . [In the Third Quartet] even more than in the earlier work one can hear how moved the players are: there have been purer and steadier accounts of the violin solos that flank the third movement cadenza; but not many that convey such breathlessly intense Read more concentration; and I don't know that any other performers . . . have caught the elusive mood of the finale quite so precisely as the Amadeus . . . . The Sinfonietta . . . is an alert and pungent reading of a work that can still spring surprises. . . . [I]t makes a particularly thought-provoking annex to the Third Quartet." -- Michael Oliver, Gramophone Read less

Works on This Recording

1.
Quartet for Strings no 2 in C major, Op. 36 by Benjamin Britten
Performer:  Norbert Brainin (Violin), Siegmund Nissel (Violin), Peter Schidlof (Viola),
Martin Lovett (Cello)
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Amadeus String Quartet
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1945; England 
Date of Recording: 01/1963 
Venue:  Decca Studio no 3, W Hampstead, London 
Length: 27 Minutes 32 Secs. 
2.
Quartet for Strings no 3, Op. 94 by Benjamin Britten
Performer:  Siegmund Nissel (Violin), Norbert Brainin (Violin), Peter Schidlof (Viola),
Martin Lovett (Cello)
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Amadeus String Quartet
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1975; England 
Date of Recording: 03/1978 
Venue:  The Maltings, Snape, Aldeburgh 
Length: 25 Minutes 21 Secs. 
3.
Sinfonietta, Op. 1 by Benjamin Britten
Performer:  Günther Breitenbach (Viola), Josef Veleba (French Horn), Anton Fietz (Violin),
Werner Tripp (Flute), Karl Mayrhofer (Oboe), Alfred Boskovsky (Clarinet),
Ernst Pamperl (Bassoon), Philipp Matheis (Violin), Emanuel Brabec (Cello),
Otto Rühm (Double Bass)
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Vienna Octet
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1932; England 
Date of Recording: 05/1965 
Venue:  Sofiensaal, Vienna 
Length: 14 Minutes 27 Secs. 

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