String Quartets

Chilingirian Quartet - Edvard Grieg: String Quartets (1999) Reissue 2007

Chilingirian Quartet - Edvard Grieg: String Quartets (1999) Reissue 2007
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue&Log) ~ 315 Mb (incl 5%) | Mp3 (CBR320) ~ 159 Mb (incl 5%) | Scans included
Genre: Classical | Label: Helios/Hyperion | # CDH55299 | Time: 01:04:26

Franz Liszt, writing about Grieg's String Quartet No 1, declared: 'It is long time since I have encountered a new composition, especially a string quartet, which has intrigued me as greatly as this distinctive and admirable work by Grieg'. Grieg himself said that his quartet '… aims at breadth; to soar, and above all at a vigorous sound for the instruments for which it is written.' In 1891, Edvard Grieg started his second quartet, but sadly lacked inspiration and time to finish the last two movements. Levon Chilingirian of the Chilingirian Quartet has studied the original manuscripts of the first two movements (which have many clarifying instructions added by Julius Röntgen in preparation for their printing by C F Peters in 1908) and prepared the third and fourth movements especially for this recording. This is therefore a first recording of the completed String Quartet No 2.

Doric String Quartet - Haydn: String Quartets, Op. 76 (2016)  Music

Posted by SERTiL at Feb. 22, 2017
Doric String Quartet - Haydn: String Quartets, Op. 76 (2016)

Doric String Quartet - Haydn: String Quartets, Op. 76
Classical | MP3 CBR 320 kbps | 146:50 min | 336 MB
Label: Chandos | Tracks: 24 | Rls.date: 2016

This is the second volume in the Doric String Quartet's series de voted to Haydn's String Quartets. Op. 76 turned out to be the last full set of six string quartets that Haydn was to compose. While they were written over the period 1796-97, they were not published until 1799. They had been commissioned by Count Joseph Erdödy, and such arrangements often entailed, as in this case, a period of time during which the works were reserved for that person's exclusive use and enjoyment.
Psophos Quartet - Nicolas Bacri: String Quartets no. 3, 4, 5, 6 (2007)

Psophos Quartet - Nicolas Bacri: String Quartets no. 3, 4, 5, 6 (2007)
EAC | FLAC (log,tracks+cue) -> 307 Mb (5% Rec.) | Mp3 CBR320 Kbps -> 165 Mb (5% Rec.) | Scans -> 77 Mb
Classical | Label: AR RE-SE, 2007-1 | 2007 | 01:10:13

The 2007 release of Nicolas Bacri: String Quartets Nos. 3,4,5,6 finds Nicolas Bacri as one of the outstanding figures in contemporary French music, a composer who began his career in the 1980s as a serialist. While he hasn't exactly turned his coat inside out, Bacri is hardly a card-carrying member of the fraternity at this juncture – his music is clearly designed to elicit specific emotional responses and has a natural sense of flow and development, not to mention ample excitement and drama. There is never a sense anywhere in this music where the composer is saying, "Here are the elements the music is made out of, and there – is the result." Bacri's music is the sum total of contact with a wide range of influences and impulses, yet like Henri Dutilleux, his own voice is placed at the fore.–Uncle Dave Lewis

Tippett Quartet - Alwyn: String Quartets Nos. 10-13 (2017)  Music

Posted by SERTiL at Feb. 19, 2017
Tippett Quartet - Alwyn: String Quartets Nos. 10-13 (2017)

Tippett Quartet - Alwyn: String Quartets Nos. 10-13
Classical | MP3 CBR 320 kbps | 69:43 min | 160 MB
Label: SOMM Recordings | Tracks: 10 | Rls.date: 2017

As ever, SOMM and its artists are busy discovering new treasures in a wide range of repertoire and this CD release featuring first recordings of four of William Alwyn's early String Quartets with the celebrated Tippett Quartet, will come as a delightful surprise.
Rued Langgaard - String Quartets Vol. 1 (Nightingale String Quartet) (2012) {Dacapo}

Rued Langgaard - String Quartets Vol. 1 (Nightingale String Quartet) (2012)
EAC Rip | FLAC (tracks+.cue, log) | Artwork (600dpi) | 426 mb | MP3 CBR 320kbps | RAR | 260 mb
Classical, Chamber Music, String Quartet | Label: Dacapo

The string quartets of Danish music's eccentric outsider Rued Langgaard (1893-1952) are passionate works of the composer's youth, representing both his nostalgically romantic side and his profoundly visionary modernity. For the first time on CD, this recording series presents all 9 quartets in the award-winning young Nightingale String Quartet's distinctly dramatic interpretation based on the revised Rued Langgaard Edition.
Shostakovich - The Shostakovich Quartet - Complete String Quartets (2010) (Box Set 5CD)

Shostakovich - The Shostakovich Quartet - Complete String Quartets (2010) (Box Set 5CD)
XLD Rip | FLAC (tracks+.cue, log) | Covers | 1793 mb | MP3 CBR 320kbps | RAR | 899 mb
Classical, Chamber Music | Label: Alto - ALC 5002

The staying power of the Russian composer Dmitri Shostakovich’s string quartets rivals that of his symphonies. His quartets are deeply personal works – intensely autobiographical, confessional, intimate, intensely emotional – and among the most insightful works in the quartet repertoire.
Simón Bolívar String Quartet - Ginastera, Dvořák & Shostakovich: String Quartets (2013)

Simón Bolívar String Quartet - Ginastera, Dvořák & Shostakovich: String Quartets
Classical | MP3 CBR 320 kbps | 68:48 min | 158 MB
Label: Deutsche Grammophon | Tracks: 13 | Rls.date: 2013

Violinists Alejandro Carreño and Boris Suaréz, violist Ismel Campos and cellist Aimon Mata breathe new life into three gems of the string quartet repertoire, performed with the perfect balance of classical refinement and South American panache.
Doric String Quartet - Franz Joseph Haydn: String Quartets, Op.20 (2014) 2CDs

Doric String Quartet - Franz Joseph Haydn: String Quartets, Op.20 (2014) 2CDs
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue&Log) ~ 655 Mb (incl 5%) | Mp3 (CBR320) ~ 367 Mb (incl 5%) | Scans included
Genre: Classical | Label: Chandos | # CHAN 10831 | Time: 02:30:03

Haydn’s six Op. 20 string quartets are milestones in the history of the genre. He wrote them in 1772 for performance by his colleagues at the Esterházy court and, unusually, not specifically for publication. Each one is a unique masterpiece and the set introduces compositional techniques that radically transformed the genre and shaped it for centuries to come. Haydn overturns conventional instrumental roles, crafts remarkably original colours and textures, and unlocks new expressive possibilities in these works which were crucial in establishing the reputation of purely instrumental music. The range within the quartets is kaleidoscopic. From the introspective, chorale-like slow movement of No. 1 via the terse and radical quartet No. 3 in G minor to the comic spirit of the fourth in D major, each of the quartets inhabits a distinct musical world. For many, this is some of the greatest music Haydn ever wrote. Playing these seminal works is one of the world’s finest young ensembles, the Doric String Quartet.
Beethoven - Emerson String Quartet - The String Quartets (1997) (7CD Box set) {Deutsche Grammophon}

Beethoven - Emerson String Quartet - The String Quartets (1997) (7CD Box set)
XLD Rip | (tracks+.cue, log) | Front cover only | 2122 mb | MP3 CBR 320kbps | RAR | 1157 mb
Classical | Label: Deutsche Grammophon - 447 075-2

The Beethoven quartets have always been at the cote of the Emerson Quartet's repertoire, and over the years it has honed its playing of these works to a fine degree. Here in this new set we encounter exaltation, immaculate playing and ensemble precision of awesome proportions (typically, first and second violinists often swap their roles). The Emerson is perhaps the best rehearsed quartet of our century. The playing is not only flawless technically, but reflects a careful study of the music, both formally and in the players' intense preoccupation with textual matters. The recording of this set is also spectacular.
Utrecht String Quartet - Alexander Grechaninov: String Quartets Op. 75 & 124 (2006)

Utrecht String Quartet - Alexander Grechaninov: String Quartets Op. 75 & 124 (2006)
XLD | FLAC | Image (Cue&Log) ~ 339 Mb (incl 5%) | Mp3 (CBR320) ~ 182 Mb (incl 5%) | Scans included
Genre: Classical | Label: MDG Scene | # MDG 603 1388-2 | Time: 01:08:38

Grechaninov was born in Moscow a year before Sibelius and also died in New York a year before Sibelius. He was taught by Rimsky-Korsakov. His music did not migrate far from his roots and continued to write in that style well after the 1917 revolution had led to exile first in France and then in the USA. A prolific composer in all the usual genres, his reputation seems to rest mainly on choral music and to be rather tainted by suggestions of lack of originality. Certainly, by comparison with his near contemporary Sibelius, his style did not develop much, meaning it is rather hard to believe the fourth quartet was written as late as 1929. But, listening to this disc, I sometimes found the music hard to place and was not continually reminded of other composers, surely one sign of an original voice. There are four Grechaninov string quartets and this offering completes the Utrecht Quartet’s cycle. The previous disc was well-received by Michael Cookson three years ago (see review). Both works are in four movements with the slow movement placed second. They are fairly conventional but well-crafted and pleasant listening.