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Busch String Quartet

Biography

Active: 1918 - 1945 
The Busch Quartet was one of the most outstanding string quartets in the first half of the twentieth century. The early version of this group was founded in 1912 as the Vienna Konzertvereinsquartett, with Adolf Busch as leader and first violinist, but the outbreak of war in 1914 ended this group. Even before demobilization was declared in November 1918, Busch founded a second quartet under his own name, holding over cellist Paul Grümmer from the Read more earlier group. In 1921 violist Paul Doktor, also an original member, likewise rejoined, and Swede Gösta Andreasson, one of Busch's students, accepted the second chair. This became the Busch Quartet of the 1920s, and there would be only one more overall change in the group when Grümmer retired in 1930 -- he was replaced by Adolf Busch's younger brother Hermann Busch. The "fifth Beatle" of the Busch Quartet was pianist Rudolf Serkin, who joined them in quintet literature such as Schubert's Trout.

The quartet's recording career began in 1931, but Hitler's rise to power in 1933 led the members to scatter. At first, Busch resettled in Basel in neutral Switzerland, and the group resumed its activities, including making some more recordings in London. Ultimately, Busch relocated to the United States when the Second World War appeared imminent, and the Busch Quartet made its final recordings for Columbia Records in New York. The Busch Quartet finally called it quits in 1945 when Doktor's health began to fail.

The Busch Quartet recorded all of the Beethoven quartets and all of best-known chamber music of Schubert, Schumann, and Brahms -- this was before the development of the LP record. When Serkin joined them and additional parts were filled out by friends and other musicians, the group became the Busch Chamber Players, and in this configuration recorded the first complete set of J.S. Bach's Brandenburg Concertos in London in 1935. Read less
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  • 1.
    Schubert: Chamber Works / Serkin, Busch Chamber Ensembles
    Label: Regis   Catalog: 3012 Release Date: 03/13/2012   Number of Discs: 3
    Composer:  Franz Schubert
    Performer:  Adolf Busch,  Rudolf Serkin
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Busch String Quartet
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  • 2.
    Beethoven: Quartets No 7, No 13 / The Busch Quartet
    Label: Cbs Masterworks Portrait   Catalog: 47687 Release Date: 03/25/2010   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Ludwig van Beethoven
    Performer:  Hermann Busch,  Karl Doktor,  Gösta Andreasson,  Adolf Busch
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Busch String Quartet
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  • 3.
    The Busch Quartet Play Beethoven Vol 3
    Label: Dutton Laboratories/Vocalion   Catalog: 9786 Release Date: 11/11/2008   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Ludwig van Beethoven
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Busch String Quartet
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  • 4.
    Schubert: String Quartet
    Label: Urania   Catalog: 357 Release Date: 07/29/2008   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Franz Schubert
    Performer:  Adolf Busch,  Karl Doktor,  Hermann Busch,  Gösta Andreasson
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Busch String Quartet
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  • 5.
    Beethoven: Late String Quartets / Busch Quartet
    Label: Emi Great Recordings Of The Century   Catalog: 9656 Release Date: 03/11/2008   Number of Discs: 3
    Composer:  Ludwig van Beethoven
    Performer:  Karl Doktor,  Hermann Busch,  Adolf Busch,  Gösta Andreasson
    Conductor:  Adolf Busch
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Busch Chamber Players,  Busch String Quartet
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  • 6.
    The Busch Quartet Play Beethoven Vol 2
    Label: Dutton Laboratories/Vocalion   Catalog: 9773 Release Date: 10/09/2007   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Ludwig van Beethoven
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Busch String Quartet
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  • 7.
    Schubert: String Quartets No 14 & 15 / Busch
    Label: Emi Great Recordings Of The Century   Catalog: 61589 Release Date: 10/03/2006   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Franz Schubert
    Performer:  Gösta Andreasson,  Adolf Busch,  Karl Doktor,  Hermann Busch
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Busch String Quartet
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  • 8.
    The Busch Quartet Play Beethoven Vol 1
    Label: Dutton Laboratories/Vocalion   Catalog: 9765 Release Date: 06/13/2006   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Ludwig van Beethoven
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Busch String Quartet
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  • 9.
    Schubert: Trout Quintet, Etc /Busch Quartet, Pro Arte, Et Al
    Label: Dutton Laboratories/Vocalion   Catalog: 9743 Release Date: 03/09/2004   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Franz Schubert
    Performer:  Hermann Busch,  Adolf Busch,  Gösta Andreasson,  Karl Doktor  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Busch String Quartet,  Pro Arte String Quartet members
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  • 10.
    Brahms: Violin Concerto, Clarinet Quintet / Busch, Kell
    Label: Music & Arts Programs Of America   Catalog: 1107 Release Date: 09/24/2002   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Johannes Brahms
    Performer:  Reginald Kell,  Adolf Busch
    Conductor:  William Steinberg
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Busch String Quartet,  New York Philharmonic
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  • 11.
    Brahms: Piano Quintet, Piano Quartet / Serkin, Busch Quartet
    Label: Emi Classics Références   Catalog: 64702 Release Date: 09/10/2002   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Johannes Brahms
    Performer:  Gösta Andreasson,  Hermann Busch,  Karl Doktor,  Adolf Busch  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Busch String Quartet,  Busch String Quartet members
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  • 12.
    Brahms: Double Concerto, Etc / Adolph & Herman Busch, Et Al
    Label: Music & Arts Programs Of America   Catalog: 1083 Release Date: 05/22/2001   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Johannes Brahms,  Felix Mendelssohn
    Performer:  Hermann Busch,  Adolf Busch,  Bruno Straumann,  Hugo Gottesmann  ... 
    Conductor:  Paul Kletzki
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  French National Radio Orchestra,  Busch String Quartet
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  • 13.
    The Busch Quartet - Brahms, Schumann / Rudolf Serkin
    Label: Pearl   Catalog: 9275 Release Date: 07/15/1997   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Robert Schumann,  Johannes Brahms
    Performer:  Rudolf Serkin
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Busch String Quartet
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    Brahms: Horn Trio And Clarinet Quintet / Busch Quartet
    Label: Testament   Catalog: 1001 Release Date: 01/01/1996   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Johannes Brahms
    Performer:  Karl Doktor,  Hermann Busch,  Reginald Kell,  Adolf Busch  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Busch String Quartet
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  • 15.
    The Busch Quartet Plays Beethoven - Opus 95, 131, 132, Etc
    Label: Preiser Records   Catalog: 90172 Release Date: 02/07/1995   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Ludwig van Beethoven
    Performer:  Adolf Busch,  Gösta Andreasson,  Hermann Busch,  Karl Doktor
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Busch String Quartet
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  • 16.
    Adolf Busch - 10 Solo Recordings;  Busch Quartet
    Label: Symposium   Catalog: 1109 Release Date: 10/24/1994   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Roman Hoffstetter,  Johannes Brahms,  Johann Sebastian Bach,  Fritz Kreisler  ... 
    Performer:  Karl Doktor,  Gösta Andreasson,  Adolf Busch,  Paul Grümmer  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Busch String Quartet
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