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Norbert Brainin

Biography

Born: March 12, 1923   Died: April 10, 2005   Country: England  
Violinist Norbert Brainin was the founder and leader of the Amadeus String Quartet, one of the premier string quartets in the twentieth century. A native of Vienna, Brainin was inspired at age 6 to pick up the violin after seeing a concert featuring the young Yehudi Menuhin, and he studied at the Vienna Konservatorium with Carl Flesch and Ricardo Odnoposoff. Brainin's course of study was interrupted by the Anschluss, and he and his Jewish family Read more were forced to flee to England. At war's end, Brainin was awarded the Carl Flesch Prize by London's Guildhall School of Music. In forming the Amadeus Quartet, Brainin drew upon fellow students with whom he had played at Guildhall -- violinist Siegmund Nissel, Peter Schidlof, who agreed to switch from violin to viola, and cellist Martin Lovett.

The Amadeus Quartet debuted in January 1948 to immediate acclaim, and this provided the touchstone for a 40-year career as one of the world's most popular string quartets in travels spanning the globe and multitudes of recordings and concert appearances. When Peter Schidlof died suddenly in 1987, the quartet agreed to disband, but Brainin continued to perform as a solo artist, and did a small amount of recording late in life. He also appeared in concerts supporting controversial American presidential candidate Lyndon LaRouche, whose initiative to lower the nationally prescribed pitch of middle C to the 256 Hz of Bach's time Brainin supported. Read less
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    The Originals - Legendary Recordings from DG
    Label: Deutsche Grammophon   Catalog: 002171502 Release Date: 10/27/2014   Number of Discs: 50
    Composer:  Johann Sebastian Bach,  Ludwig van Beethoven,  Johannes Brahms,  Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky  ... 
    Performer:  David Oistrakh,  Igor Oistrakh,  Pierre Fournier,  Walter Berry  ... 
    Conductor:  David Oistrakh,  Sir Eugene Goossens,  Franz Konwitschny,  Carlos Kleiber  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Vienna Symphony Orchestra,  Royal Philharmonic Orchestra,  Dresden Staatskapelle  ... 
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    Britten The Performer - Complete Decca Recordings
    Label: Decca   Catalog: 001922102 Release Date: 10/22/2013   Number of Discs: 27
    Composer:  Johann Sebastian Bach,  Henry Purcell,  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart,  Franz Joseph Haydn  ... 
    Performer:  Adrian Thompson,  John Tobin,  Jenny Hill,  Robert Tear  ... 
    Conductor:  Benjamin Britten
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  English Chamber Orchestra,  Wandsworth School Boys' Choir,  Wandsworth School Choir  ... 
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    Mozart 111 [55-CD Set]
    Label: Deutsche Grammophon   Catalog: 001766872 Release Date: 11/13/2012   Number of Discs: 55
    Composer:  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
    Performer:  Géza Anda,  Emil Gilels,  Elena Gilels,  Maurizio Pollini  ... 
    Conductor:  Trevor Pinnock,  James Levine,  Herbert von Karajan,  Marc Minkowski  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  English Concert,  Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra,  Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra  ... 
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    Clifford Curzon Edition - Complete Recordings [23 CDs + DVD]
    Label: Decca   Catalog: 001728400 Release Date: 09/11/2012   Number of Discs: 24
    Composer:  Ludwig van Beethoven,  Johannes Brahms,  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart,  Robert Schumann  ... 
    Performer:  Clifford Curzon,  Irmgard Seefried,  Horst Günther,  Julius Patzak  ... 
    Conductor:  Hans Knappertsbusch,  George Szell,  Benjamin Britten,  Eduard Van Beinum  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra,  London Symphony Orchestra,  English Chamber Orchestra  ... 
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    Britten At Aldeburgh - Shostakovich, Janacek, Bridge
    Label: Decca   Catalog: 466823 Release Date: 10/21/2009   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Leos Janácek,  Dmitri Shostakovich,  Frank Bridge
    Performer:  Benjamin Britten,  Mstislav Rostropovich,  Emanuel Hurwitz,  Galina Vishnevskaya  ... 
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    Beethoven: String Quartets Op. 59 No 1 & Op. 74 / Amadeus Quartet
    Label: Deutsche Grammophon   Catalog: 469028 Release Date: 10/12/2009   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Ludwig van Beethoven
    Performer:  Peter Schidlof,  Norbert Brainin,  Siegmund Nissel,  Martin Lovett
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Amadeus String Quartet
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    Mozart: Piano Quartets, Horn Quintet / Curzon, Brain
    Label: London/Decca Historic Series   Catalog: 425960 Release Date: 12/26/2007   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
    Performer:  Max Gilbert,  Philip Burton,  Sydney Griller,  Dennis Brain  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Griller String Quartet,  Amadeus String Quartet
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    Mozart: Wind Quartets, Wind Quintets / Amadeus Quartet
    Label: Deutsche Grammophon   Catalog: 437137 Release Date: 12/10/2007   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
    Performer:  Peter Schidlof,  Martin Lovett,  Andreas Blau,  Norbert Brainin  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Amadeus String Quartet
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    Mozart: Quartet In A Major, K 464;  Beethoven
    Label: Medici Masters   Catalog: 7 Release Date: 08/28/2007   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart,  Ludwig van Beethoven
    Performer:  Siegmund Nissel,  Martin Lovett,  Peter Schidlof,  Norbert Brainin
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Amadeus String Quartet
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    Beethoven: Complete Violin Sonatas / Brainin, Ludwig
    Label: Preiser Records   Catalog: 90703 Release Date: 08/22/2006   Number of Discs: 3
    Composer:  Ludwig van Beethoven
    Performer:  Norbert Brainin,  Günter Ludwig
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    Schubert: String Quintet; Britten String Quartet No 3 / Amadeus Quartet
    Label: Testament   Catalog: 1002 Release Date: 11/08/2005   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Franz Schubert,  Benjamin Britten
    Performer:  Siegmund Nissel,  Martin Lovett,  Norbert Brainin,  Peter Schidlof  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Amadeus String Quartet
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    Schubert: Trout Quintet, Etc; Britten: String Quartet No 2 / Amadeus String Quartet
    Label: Testament   Catalog: 1001 Release Date: 11/08/2005   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Benjamin Britten,  Franz Schubert
    Performer:  Peter Schidlof,  Norbert Brainin,  Siegmund Nissel,  Martin Lovett  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Amadeus String Quartet
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    Original Masters - Clifford Curzon Vol 3
    Label: Decca   Catalog: 000490902 Release Date: 08/09/2005   Number of Discs: 6
    Composer:  Franz Liszt,  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart,  Johannes Brahms,  Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky  ... 
    Performer:  Clifford Curzon,  Martin Lovett,  Peter Schidlof,  Norbert Brainin
    Conductor:  Sir Henry Wood,  Boyd Neel,  Enrique Jorda,  Sir Georg Solti  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Queen's Hall Orchestra,  Amadeus String Quartet members,  National Symphony, Washington, D. C.  ... 
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    Bruckner, Smetana, Verdi / Amadeus Quartet
    Label: Deutsche Grammophon   Catalog: 4775739 Release Date: 07/12/2005   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Anton Bruckner,  Bedrich Smetana,  Giuseppe Verdi,  Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky  ... 
    Performer:  Siegmund Nissel,  Cecil Aronowitz,  Norbert Brainin,  Peter Schidlof  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Amadeus String Quartet
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    Mozart: The String Quintets / Aronowitz, Amadeus Quartet
    Label: Dg The Originals   Catalog: 000402702 Release Date: 03/08/2005   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
    Performer:  Norbert Brainin,  Siegmund Nissel,  Peter Schidlof,  Martin Lovett  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Amadeus String Quartet
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    For Your Life - For A Stormy Night
    Label: Decca   Catalog: 000123412 Release Date: 10/14/2003   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  George Gershwin,  Maurice Ravel,  Johann Strauss Jr.,  Antonio Vivaldi  ... 
    Performer:  James Levine,  Monica Huggett,  John Holloway,  Martin Lovett  ... 
    Conductor:  James Levine,  Vladimir Ashkenazy,  Arthur Fiedler,  Christopher Hogwood  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Chicago Symphony Orchestra,  Cleveland Orchestra,  Boston Pops  ... 
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    Mozart: Sinfonia Concertante, Concertone / Brainin
    Label: Chandos   Catalog: 10076 Release Date: 05/20/2003   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
    Performer:  Norbert Brainin,  Peter Schidlof
    Conductor:  Sir Alexander Gibson
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  English Concert
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    Trio - Haydn: String Quartets Op 76, 77, 103 / Amadeus Quartet
    Label: Deutsche Grammophon   Catalog: 1089403 Release Date: 09/10/2002   Number of Discs: 3
    Composer:  Franz Joseph Haydn
    Performer:  Martin Lovett,  Norbert Brainin,  Siegmund Nissel,  Peter Schidlof
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Amadeus String Quartet
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    Music For You - Brahms: Intermezzo, Etc / Perahia, Amadeus
    Label: Legacy Recordings   Catalog: 89856 Release Date: 05/07/2002   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Johannes Brahms
    Performer:  Murray Perahia,  Peter Schidlof,  Martin Lovett,  Norbert Brainin
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Amadeus String Quartet members
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    Golden - Great Conductors At The Piano / Kempe, Kubelik, Etc
    Label: Melodram   Catalog: 40048 Release Date: 07/31/2001   Number of Discs: 4
    Composer:  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart,  Alfredo Casella,  Antonín Dvorák,  Johann Sebastian Bach
    Performer:  Alfred Brendel,  Norbert Brainin,  Peter Schidlof,  Robert Casadesus  ... 
    Conductor:  Eugen Jochum,  Rudolf Kempe,  Rafael Kubelik,  Fritz Rieger
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra,  Munich Philharmonic Orchestra
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  • 21.
    Britten: String Quartets 2 & 3, Etc / Amadeus Quartet
    Label: London/Decca Chamber Mus Series   Catalog: 425715 Release Date: 05/25/1999   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Benjamin Britten
    Performer:  Günther Breitenbach,  Josef Veleba,  Anton Fietz,  Werner Tripp  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Vienna Octet,  Amadeus String Quartet
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  • 22.
    Brahms: The String Quartets;  Dvorak / Amadeus Quartet
    Label: Dg The Originals   Catalog: 457707 Release Date: 03/17/1998   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Antonín Dvorák,  Johannes Brahms
    Performer:  Norbert Brainin,  Siegmund Nissel,  Peter Schidlof,  Martin Lovett
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Amadeus String Quartet
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  • 23.
    The Yellow Guide - Classical Music
    Label: Deutsche Grammophon   Catalog: 457440 Release Date: 03/17/1998   Number of Discs: 3
    Composer:  George Frideric Handel,  Richard Wagner,  Camille Saint-Saëns,  Modest Mussorgsky  ... 
    Performer:  Marita Napier,  Marilyn Mims,  Linda Kelm,  Diane Kesling  ... 
    Conductor:  Trevor Pinnock,  James Levine,  Semyon Bychkov,  Carlo Maria Giulini  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  English Concert,  English Concert Choir,  Metropolitan Opera Orchestra  ... 
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  • 24.
    Murray Perahia - 25th Anniversary Edition
    Label: Sony   Catalog: 63380 Release Date: 11/18/1997   Number of Discs: 4
    Composer:  Frédéric Chopin,  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart,  Johannes Brahms,  Robert Schumann  ... 
    Performer:  Murray Perahia,  Martin Lovett,  Peter Schidlof,  Norbert Brainin  ... 
    Conductor:  Zubin Mehta,  Murray Perahia
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Israel Philharmonic Orchestra,  Chamber Orchestra of Europe,  Amadeus String Quartet members  ... 
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    Schubert: Trout Quintet, Death And The Maiden / Amadeus Qt
    Label: Dg The Originals   Catalog: 449746 Release Date: 06/10/1997   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Franz Schubert
    Performer:  Peter Schidlof,  Martin Lovett,  Norbert Brainin,  Siegmund Nissel  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Amadeus String Quartet,  Amadeus String Quartet members
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