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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  • 1.
    Emil Gilels - The Complete Recordings on Deutsche Grammophon
    Label: Dg Deutsche Grammophon   Catalog: 002436502 Release Date: 01/08/2016   Number of Discs: 24
    Composer:  Ludwig van Beethoven,  Johannes Brahms,  Edvard Grieg,  Frédéric Chopin  ... 
    Performer:  Emil Gilels,  Norbert Brainin,  Peter Schidlof,  Martin Lovett  ... 
    Conductor:  Eugen Jochum,  Karl Böhm,  Dmitri Kabalevsky
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Amadeus String Quartet members,  Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra,  Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra  ... 
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  • 2.
    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 Desormičre,  Karl Münchinger  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Suisse Romande Orchestra,  Paris Conservatoire Orchestra,  Orchestre de la Société du Conservatoire Paris  ... 
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  • 3.
    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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  • 5.
    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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  • 6.
    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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  • 7.
    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 Quartet
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  • 9.
    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 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 Quartet
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  • 11.
    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 Quartet
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  • 12.
    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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  • 13.
    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 Quartet
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  • 14.
    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 Quartet
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    Brahms: String Sextets Nos 1 & 2 / Amadeus Ensemble, Et Al
    Label: Emi Classics   Catalog: 942368 Release Date: 03/01/2005   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Johannes Brahms
    Performer:  Norbert Brainin,  Siegmund Nissel,  Thomas Kakuska,  Gerhard Schulz  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Germany Amadeus Ensemble,  Alban Berg String Quartet
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    Brahms: String Sextets / Alban Berg Quartet
    Label: Emi Classics   Catalog: 54216 Release Date: 09/10/2002   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Johannes Brahms
    Performer:  Norbert Brainin,  Siegmund Nissel,  Thomas Kakuska,  Gerhard Schulz  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Alban Berg String Quartet,  Germany Amadeus Ensemble
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  • 17.
    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 Quartet
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  • 18.
    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:  Rainer Zepperitz,  Norbert Brainin,  Emil Gilels,  Peter Schidlof  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Amadeus String Quartet members,  Amadeus Quartet
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  • 19.
    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 Quartet,  London Mozart Players
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  • 20.
    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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  • 21.
    Mozart: The String Quintets / Amadeus Quartet, Aronowitz
    Label: Deutsche Grammophon   Catalog: 431149 Release Date: 05/10/1991   Number of Discs: 3
    Composer:  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
    Performer:  Cecil Aronowitz,  Norbert Brainin,  Siegmund Nissel,  Peter Schidlof  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Amadeus Quartet
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  • 22.
    Schubert: Quintette, Trios, Etc / Menuhin, Gendron, Et Al
    Label: Emi Classics Special Import   Catalog: 62742 Release Date: 05/01/1990   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Franz Schubert
    Performer:  Yehudi Menuhin,  Maurice Gendron,  Hephzibah Menuhin,  J. Edward Merret  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Amadeus Quartet
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    Haydn: String Quartets Op 54 & Op 55 / Amadeus Quartet
    Label: Deutsche Grammophon   Catalog: 437134 Release Date: 12/15/1992   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Franz Joseph Haydn
    Performer:  Martin Lovett,  Peter Schidlof,  Siegmund Nissel,  Norbert Brainin
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Amadeus Quartet
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