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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    Decca Sound - Mono Years 1944-1956
    Label: Decca   Catalog: 002280602 Release Date: 04/07/2015   Number of Discs: 53
    Composer:  Igor Stravinsky,  Maurice Ravel,  Sergei Rachmaninov,  Claude Debussy  ... 
    Performer:  Wilhelm Backhaus,  Clifford Curzon,  Alfredo Campoli,  Henry Datyner  ... 
    Conductor:  Ernest Ansermet,  Ataulfo Argenta,  Roger Desormière,  Karl Münchinger  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Suisse Romande Orchestra,  Paris Conservatoire Orchestra,  Orchestre de la Société du Conservatoire Paris  ... 
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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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    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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    Tchaikovsky, 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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    Mozart, Schubert / William Pleeth, Amadeus String Quartet
    Label: Testament   Catalog: 1157 Release Date: 01/01/1997   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Franz Schubert,  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
    Performer:  William Pleeth,  Peter Schidlof,  Norbert Brainin
    Conductor:  Harry Blech
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Amadeus String Quartet,  London Mozart Players
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    Brahms: Piano Quartet, Ballades / Gilels, Amadeus Quartet
    Label: Dg The Originals   Catalog: 447407 Release Date: 01/23/1996   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Johannes Brahms
    Performer:  Emil Gilels,  Norbert Brainin,  Peter Schidlof,  Martin Lovett
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Amadeus String Quartet members
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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
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Mozart: Piano Quartet No.1 in G minor, K.478 - 1. Allegro
Mozart: Piano Quartet No.1 in G minor, K.478 - 2. Andante
Mozart: Piano Quartet No.1 in G minor, K.478 - 3. Rondo (Allegro moderato)
Mozart: Piano Quartet No.2 in E flat, K.493 - 1. Allegro
Mozart: Piano Quartet No.2 in E flat, K.493 - 2. Larghetto
Mozart: Piano Quartet No.2 in E flat, K.493 - 3. Allegretto
I. Allegro
II. Andante
III. Presto
I. Allegro spiritoso
II. Andantino grazioso
III. Tempo di menuetto: Vivace
Haydn: String Quartet in G, HIII, Op.76, No.1 - 1. Allegro con spirito
Haydn: String Quartet in G, HIII, Op.76, No.1 - 2. Adagio sostenuto
Haydn: String Quartet in G, HIII, Op.76, No.1 - 3. Menuetto: Presto
Haydn: String Quartet in G, HIII, Op.76, No.1 - 4. Allegro ma non troppo
Haydn: String Quartet in D minor, H.III, Op.76 No.2 - "Fifths" - 1. Allegro
Haydn: String Quartet in D minor, H.III, Op.76 No.2 - "Fifths" - 2. Andante o più tosto allegretto
Haydn: String Quartet in D minor, H.III, Op.76 No.2 - "Fifths" - 3. Minuetto
Haydn: String Quartet in D minor, H.III, Op.76 No.2 - "Fifths" - 4. Finale (Vivace assai)
Haydn: String Quartet In C, H.lll, Op.76, No.3 - "Emperor" - 1. Allegro
Haydn: String Quartet In C, Op.76, No.3 "Emperor", Hob.lll:77 - 2. Poco adagio, cantabile
Haydn: String Quartet In C, H.lll, Op.76, No.3 - "Emperor" - 3. Menuetto (Allegro)
Haydn: String Quartet In C, H.lll, Op.76, No.3 - "Emperor" - 4. Finale (Presto)
Haydn: String Quartet in B flat, H.III, Op.76, No.4 - "Sunrise" - 1. Allegro con spirito
Haydn: String Quartet in B flat, H.III, Op.76, No.4 - "Sunrise" - 2. Adagio
Haydn: String Quartet in B flat, H.III, Op.76, No.4 - "Sunrise" - 3. Menuetto (Alllegro)
Haydn: String Quartet in B flat, H.III, Op.76, No.4 - "Sunrise" - 4. Finale (Allegro ma non troppo)
Haydn: String Quartet in D, H.III, Op.76, No.5 - 1. Allegretto
Haydn: String Quartet in D, H.III, Op.76, No.5 - 2. Largo
Haydn: String Quartet in D, H.III, Op.76, No.5 - 3. Menuet
Haydn: String Quartet in D, H.III, Op.76, No.5 - 4. Finale
Haydn: String Quartet in E flat,H.III No.80 Op.76 No.6 - 1. Allegretto - Allegro
Haydn: String Quartet in E flat,H.III No.80 Op.76 No.6 - 2. Fantasia (Adagio)
Haydn: String Quartet in E flat,H.III No.80 Op.76 No.6 - 3. Menuetto (Presto)
Haydn: String Quartet in E flat,H.III No.80 Op.76 No.6 - 4. Finale (Allegro spirituoso)
Haydn: String Quartet in G, HIII No.81, Op.77 No.1 - 1. Allegro moderato
Haydn: String Quartet in G, HIII No.81, Op.77 No.1 - 2. Adagio
Haydn: String Quartet in G, HIII No.81, Op.77 No.1 - 3. Menuetto - Trio
Haydn: String Quartet in G, HIII No.81, Op.77 No.1 - 4. Finale: Presto
Haydn: String Quartet in F, HIII No.82, Op.77 No.2 - 1. Allegro moderato
Haydn: String Quartet in F, HIII No.82, Op.77 No.2 - 2. Menuetto: Presto ma non troppo
Haydn: String Quartet in F, HIII No.82, Op.77 No.2 - 3. Andante
Haydn: String Quartet in F, HIII No.82, Op.77 No.2 - 4. Finale: Vivace assai
Haydn: String Quartet in D minor HIII No.83, Op.103 - 1. Andante grazioso
Haydn: String Quartet in D minor HIII No.83, Op.103 - 2. Menuet ma non troppo presto - Trio
I. Allegro
II. Intermezzo - Allegro, ma non troppo
III. Andante con moto
IV. Rondo alla Zingarese - Presto
1. Allegro
2. Romanze (Poco adagio)
3. Allegretto molto moderato e comodo - Un poco più animato
4. Allegro
1. Allegro non troppo
2. Andante moderato
3. Quasi minuetto, moderato - Allegretto vivace
4. Finale (Allegro non assai - Più vivace)
1. Vivace
2. Andante
3. Agitato (Allegretto non troppo)
4. Poco allegretto con variazioni - Doppio movimento
1. Allegro ma non troppo
2. Lento
3. Molto vivace
4. Finale (Vivace ma non troppo)
1. Allegro vivace
2. Andante
3. Scherzo (Presto)
4. Thema - Andantino - Variazioni I-V - Allegretto
5. Finale (Allegro giusto)
1. Allegro
2. Andante con moto
3. Scherzo (Allegro molto)
4. Presto
Brahms: Piano Quartet No.1 In G Minor, Op.25 - 1. Allegro
Brahms: Piano Quartet No.1 In G Minor, Op.25 - 2. Intermezzo (Allegro ma non troppo)
Brahms: Piano Quartet No.1 In G Minor, Op.25 - 3. Andante con moto
Brahms: Piano Quartet No.1 In G Minor, Op.25 - 4. Rondo alla Zingarese