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The Kontra Quartet - Pyotr llyich Tchaikovsky: String Quartets No.1 & No.3 (1998)

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The Kontra Quartet - Pyotr llyich Tchaikovsky: String Quartets No.1 & No.3 (1998)

The Kontra Quartet - Pyotr llyich Tchaikovsky: String Quartets No.1 & No.3 (1998)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 273 Mb | Total time: 66:57 | Scans included
Classical | Label: BIS Records | # BIS-CD-642 | Recorded: 1992

The Kontra Quartet was absolutely one of the leading string quartets in Europe. The quartet was constantly busy and giving concerts in the USA, in Japan and all over Europe as well as making recordings, playing in TV productions and giving master classes. In 1973 the quartet was formed around the Hungarian violin virtuoso Anton Kontra, whose dynamic artistic personality has been setting new standards for the violin and music in general in Scandinavia since 1956. Along with three of Denmark’s leading string players, Anton Kontra played quartet music for over quarter of a century, and the Kontra Quartet was one of Denmark’s most sought-after ensembles.

Yo-Yo Ma, Isaac Stern - Brahms: Double Concerto, Piano Quartet, Op. 60 (2013)

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Yo-Yo Ma, Isaac Stern - Brahms: Double Concerto, Piano Quartet, Op. 60 (2013)

Yo-Yo Ma, Isaac Stern - Brahms: Double Concerto, Piano Quartet, Op. 60 (2013)
WEB | FLAC (tracks) - 327 MB | 01:07:30
Genre: Classical | Label: CBS Masterworks

With a "bonus" eighth track of the Rondo alla Zingarese-Presto from Brahms' First Piano Quartet filling out this CD to a near maximal 75 minutes and 55 seconds, this disc is a steal. The Double Concerto by Brahms is an energetic and riveting yet enigmatic addition to the concerto repertoire. With a combination of solo instruments not widely used since the Baroque era due to their contrasting sounds, this work presents some unique challenges in finding the proper balance between orchestra, solo violin, and solo cello.

Reinhard Goebel, Trevor Pinnock, Karl Richter - C.P.E. Bach: Symphonies & Concertos [6CDs] (2014)

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Reinhard Goebel, Trevor Pinnock, Karl Richter - C.P.E. Bach: Symphonies & Concertos [6CDs] (2014)

Reinhard Goebel, Trevor Pinnock, Karl Richter - C.P.E. Bach: Symphonies & Concertos [6CDs] (2014)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 1,49 Gb | Total time: 05:20:37 | Scans included
Classical | Label: Archiv Produktion | # 0289 479 2499 9 | Recorded: 1969-1986

C.P.E. Bach eclipsed his legendary father s fame to become the mid-18th century s leading German composer. This wide-ranging collection of symphonies, concertos and vocal works by the great forerunner of Haydn and Mozart is performed by authoritative interpreters including Trevor Pinnock and The English Concert. The evident delight of the musicians in this music makes for rewarding listening … Impressive and fascinating.

Philharmonia Quartett Berlin - Ludwig van Beethoven: String Quartets [8CDs] (2014)

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Philharmonia Quartett Berlin - Ludwig van Beethoven: String Quartets [8CDs] (2014)

Philharmonia Quartett Berlin - Ludwig van Beethoven: String Quartets [8CDs] (2014)
XLD | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 2,42 Mb | Total time: 8 Hours 49 Mins | Scans included
Classical | Label: Thorofon | # CTH 2614

Beethovens String Quartets are the undisputed sine qua non of the string quartet genre, with all other works in this form, as well as the ensembles themselves who must inevitably perform and record them, measured against this body of work and its associated recordings. The Philharmonia Quartet of Berlin, four members of the BPO, has been termed a ""top-flight-ensemble"" by the Chicago Tribune, possessing a heart melting sound (Boston Globe). An ensemble of thirty years standing, the PQB has established itself as a highly regarded, standard-setting body, and one in great demand worldwide.

Paul Angerer, Concilium Musicum, Wien - Eine Familie namens Mozart: Leopold, Wolfgang Amadeus, Franz Xaver (1991)

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Paul Angerer, Concilium Musicum, Wien - Eine Familie namens Mozart: Leopold, Wolfgang Amadeus, Franz Xaver (1991)

Paul Angerer, Concilium Musicum, Wien - Eine Familie namens Mozart: Leopold, Wolfgang Amadeus, Franz Xaver (1991)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 296 Mb | Total time: 66:07 | Scans included
Classical | Label: Koch International | 310085 | Recorded: 1990

Wann haben Sie schon einmal in einem Konzert Musik von Leopold, Wolfgang Amadeus und Franz Xaver Mozart gehört? Besonders Werke von Franz Xaver – Wolfgang Amadeus’ jüngstem Sohn – sind nahezu in Vergessenheit geraten. Den diffusen Anforderungen, die sich mit dem idealisierten Bild seines Vaters verbanden, konnte er nicht gerecht werden, und mit zunehmendem Alter dürfte er immer mehr darunter gelitten haben, den gleichen Beruf wie sein Vater ergriffen zu haben. Spannend ist sein Klavierquartett in g-Moll op. 1, besonders in der Gegenüberstellung mit dem seines Vaters.

Edding Quartet, Nothernlight - Beethoven: String Quartet No. 13, Op. 130; Quintet for Piano & Winds, Op. 16 (2016)

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Edding Quartet, Nothernlight - Beethoven: String Quartet No. 13, Op. 130; Quintet for Piano & Winds, Op. 16 (2016)

Edding Quartet, Nothernlight - Ludwig van Beethoven: String Quartet No. 13, Op. 130; Quintet for Piano & Winds, Op. 16 (2016)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 331 Mb | Total time: 75:15 | Scans included
Classical | Label: Phi | # LPH023 | Recorded: 2016

The pairing of the two works on this album is unique in that one comes from the dawn, the other from the dusk of Ludwig van Beethoven’s career. Indeed, whereas the composer wrote the Quintet for winds and piano , Op. 16 when he was only 26 – the talented young man also excelled as a successful pianist –, he did not finish his String Quartet, Op. 130, until a year before his death. The Edding quartet proposes here the original version of the work, with the Grosse Fuge , op.133, as final. The direct comparison of these two works on the same disc intelligently sheds light on the fantastic distance the composer covered between these two points in time.

Mozart Piano Quartet - Mel Bonis: Piano Quartets (2008)

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Mozart Piano Quartet - Mel Bonis: Piano Quartets (2008)

Mozart Piano Quartet - Mel Bonis: Piano Quartets (2008)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 217 Mb | Total time: 56:38 | Scans included
Classical | Label: MDG | # MDG 643 1424-2 | Recorded: 2006

Mélanie Bonis was born in Paris in 1858. A student of Franck and Guiraud, Debussy and Pierné were her peers at the Conservatoire and Saint-Saëns an admirer. Her early works were well received and she won a number of prizes, but her strict Catholic parents forced her to give up her budding musical career and marry a wealthy, widowed industrialist. She died in the same year as Ravel and Roussel, 1937.

Rafael Ruibérriz de Torres, La Spagna - Joseph Haydn: The Seven Last Words of Christ on the Cross (2022)

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Rafael Ruibérriz de Torres, La Spagna - Joseph Haydn: The Seven Last Words of Christ on the Cross (2022)

Rafael Ruibérriz de Torres, La Spagna - Joseph Haydn: The Seven Last Words of Christ on the Cross (2022)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 320 Mb | Total time: 76:23 | Scans included
Classical | Label: Brilliant Classics | # 96659 | Recorded: 2019

After Haydn composed The Seven Last Words for chamber orchestra as a devotional accompaniment to the Good Friday liturgy at Cadiz Cathedral in 1786, several other arrangements were made during his lifetime, by himself and others, all of them familiar to us now: as an oratorio with soloists and chorus, and in string quartet and solo keyboard transcriptions.

Vermeer Quartet - Béla Bartók: The Complete String Quartets (2005)

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Vermeer Quartet - Béla Bartók: The Complete String Quartets (2005)

Vermeer Quartet - Béla Bartók: The Complete String Quartets (2005)
EAC | FLAC | Tracks (Cue & Log) ~ 667 Mb | Total time: 02:34:23 | Scans included
Classical | Label: Naxos | # 8.557543-44 | Recorded: 2001-2004

One of the great recent versions of - arguably - the towering string quartets of the 20th century is by frequent Buffalo visitors the Vermeer Quartet. Three decades separate the composition of the first Bartok Quartet from the sixth and last. Not only is the stylistic diversity within them often much exaggerated but so too are the difficulties presented by the third quartet, which, for all its dissonance, is so structurally cohesive (it's the shortest at 15 minutes - half the length of the first, fifth and sixth) that it remains one of the most powerful works in the quartet repertoire.

Piccolo Concerto Wien - Georg Christoph Wagenseil: Quartets for Low Strings (2013)

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Piccolo Concerto Wien - Georg Christoph Wagenseil: Quartets for Low Strings (2013)

Piccolo Concerto Wien - Georg Christoph Wagenseil: Quartets for Low Strings (2013)
EAC | FLAC (image+.cue, log) | Covers Included | 01:37:35 | 492 MB
Genre: Classical | Label: Accent | Catalog: ACC 24242

The importance of Georg Christoph Wagenseil (1715-1777) in the development of the classical symphony cannot be underestimated, and his concertos were also significant in the formation of the style of early Viennese classicism. As its chief representative, Wagenseil unites Italian, French and German stylistic elements in his works, as was typical of the 'mixed style' of the early 18th century. Moreover, he is considered one of the perfectors of the gallant-sentimental stylistic epoch which became so essential for the formation of classicism in 18th-century music history.

Academy of St. Martin-in-the-Fields - Spohr: Double Quartets (1998)

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Academy of St. Martin-in-the-Fields - Spohr: Double Quartets (1998)

Academy of St. Martin-in-the-Fields - Spohr: Double Quartets (1998)
EAC | APE (image+.cue, log) | Covers Included | 01:50:24 | 595 MB
Genre: Classical | Label: Hyperion | Catalog: CDD22014

Louis Spohr's inventive streak is evident in his creation of the double quartet, a novel form that opened the string octet to new textural, antiphonal, and contrapuntal possibilities. However, like many of Spohr's other chamber experiments, his strategies occasionally led him into unintended compositional difficulties, and his results were most successful when he put aesthetic considerations over cleverness. Spohr's showy writing for the first violin, flamboyant and widespread in the Double Quartet No. 1, caused unevenness in the ensemble's balance and exposed the bareness of the other parts.

The Schubert Ensemble - Fauré: The Two Piano Quartets (2005)

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The Schubert Ensemble - Fauré: The Two Piano Quartets (2005)

The Schubert Ensemble - Fauré: The Two Piano Quartets (2005)
WEB | FLAC (tracks) - 267 MB | 01:04:24
Genre: Classical | Label: Nimbus Alliance

Warmhearted but clear-eyed, the Schubert Ensemble of London's recordings of the Piano Quartets of Fauré are anything but French performances. Where French performers can parse their emotions down to the most infinitesimal gradation of feeling but are intellectually profoundly superficial, these English performers are intellectually clear and lucid, but their interpretations are still deeply felt.

Daniel Raiskin - Brahms arr. Schoenberg: Piano Quartet; Brahms arr. Berio: Clarinet Sonata (2008)

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Daniel Raiskin - Brahms arr. Schoenberg: Piano Quartet; Brahms arr. Berio: Clarinet Sonata (2008)

Daniel Raiskin - Brahms arr. Schoenberg: Piano Quartet; Brahms arr. Berio: Clarinet Sonata (2008)
EAC | FLAC (image+.cue, log) | Covers Included | 61:46 | 311 MB
Genre: Classical | Label: CPO | Catalog: 777356-2

"The main attraction on this disc is the Berio orchestral arrangement of the Clarinet Sonata op.120/1. Like Schoenberg, it’s a harmonically and melodically “straight” transcription, not a modern re-imagining of the work. Berio, no stranger to orchestrations and adaptations - Puccini’s Turandot, works by Schubert, Mahler, and Verdi - tackled this last major work of Brahms’ for reasons we don’t know. Iosif Raiskin speculates that the tinges of Mahler in late Brahms may have been a reason for the Mahler-loving Berio. Be that as it may, the result is a wonderfully graceful Brahms Clarinet Concerto.

Emerson String Quartet, Menahem Pressler - Schumann: Piano Quintet, Op.44, Piano Quartet, Op. 47 (1996)

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Emerson String Quartet, Menahem Pressler - Schumann: Piano Quintet, Op.44, Piano Quartet, Op. 47 (1996)

Emerson String Quartet, Menahem Pressler - Schumann: Piano Quintet, Op.44, Piano Quartet, Op. 47 (1996)
WEB | FLAC (tracks) - 275 MB | 57:26
Genre: Classical | Label: Deutsche Grammophon

Schumann's Piano Quintet is one of the world's (and my) favorite pieces of chamber music. But the less-outgoing Piano Quartet eventually reveals its secrets, too, and it's another wonderful piece. These are fascinating performances. Menaham Pressler, on leave from the Beaux Arts Trio, blends his Old World charm with the New World energy of the Emerson Quartet.

Gabrieli String Quartet - Mendelssohn: String Quartets Nos. 1 & 2 (1990)

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Gabrieli String Quartet - Mendelssohn: String Quartets Nos. 1 & 2 (1990)

Gabrieli String Quartet - Mendelssohn: String Quartets Nos. 1 & 2 (1990)
EAC | FLAC (image+.cue, log) | Covers Included | 59:08 | 296 MB
Genre: Classical | Label: Chandos | Catalog: CHAN 8827

The well-known British string quartet was founded in 1967 by Kenneth Sillito, who led the ensemble for some twenty years before passing the responsibility to John Georgiadis, at which point the Quartet entered into an exclusive contract with Chandos and made a number of fine recordings. It toured widely abroad and in the UK and was noted for its well-balanced performances. ‘I know this is a disc to be enjoyed again and again. The sound is simply flawless’, wrote the Newcastle Evening Chronicle.