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Verdi, R. Strauss: String Quartets / Delme Quartet


Release Date: 07/13/1999 
Label:  Helios   Catalog #: 55012   Spars Code: DDD 
Composer:  Giuseppe VerdiRichard Strauss
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Delmé String Quartet
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 0 Hours 53 Mins. 

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Notes and Editorial Reviews

It was an ingenious idea to couple these two quartets written within a few years of each other by composers not normally associated with chamber music: Verdi composed this quartet when he was nearly 60 and at the height of his fame; Strauss completed his when he had just turned 16 and still at school. The Delmé Quartet responds neatly and sweetly to the warmth of Verdi’s melodies and the intricacy of his fugal writing, and makes a strong case for Strauss’s ambitious essay in the Classical style of Haydn, Mozart and Beethoven. At the modest price of Hyperion’s revamped Helios label, this is well worth investigating.

-- Anthony Burton, BBC Music Magazine
It was an ingenious idea to couple these two quartets written within a few years of each other by composers not normally associated with chamber music: Verdi composed this quartet when he was nearly 60 and at the height of his fame; Strauss completed his when he had just turned 16 and still at school. The Delmé Quartet responds neatly and sweetly to the warmth of Verdi’s melodies and the intricacy of his fugal writing, and makes a strong case for Strauss’s ambitious essay in the Classical style of Haydn, Mozart and Beethoven. At the modest price of Hyperion’s revamped Helios label, this is well worth investigating.

-- Anthony Burton, BBC Music Magazine
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Works on This Recording

1. Quartet for Strings in E minor by Giuseppe Verdi
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Delmé String Quartet
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1873; Italy 
2. Quartet for Strings in A major, Op. 2 by Richard Strauss
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Delmé String Quartet
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1880; Germany 

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