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Schoenberg, Szymanowski: String Quartets

Album Summary

>Szymanowski, Karol : Quartet for Strings no 1 in C major, Op. 37, M41
>Janácek, Leos : Quartet for Strings no 1 "Kreutzer Sonata"
>Szymanowski, Karol : Quartet for Strings no 2, Op. 56, M64
>Janácek, Leos : Quartet for Strings no 2 ("Listy duverne," "Intimate Letters"), JW 7/13
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Notes & Reviews:

Both the Janacek and the Szymanowski are powerful, quite draining works but totally engaging to listen to, and wonderfully performed by the Schoenberg Quartet. The musicians comment that "we love and care about these four works very much and believe they have something in common, in spirit." The Schoenberg Quartet was founded in 1976, celebrating their 30th anniversary in 2006. The musicians share a common interest in the composers of the Second Viennese School and have specialized in music of the first 20 years of the 20th Century.

BBC Music Magazine
The Schoenberg Quartet's reading of the Szymanowski quartets is near ideal. While always expressive, they manage to make superb sense of the composer's contrapuntal writing and seem to relish the more challenging excursions into a surprisingly dissonant sound world in the second quartet.

Gramophone Magazine
The Schoenberg Quartet adds that element of emotional daring which makes all the difference in the world. Outstanding



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>Szymanowski, Karol : Quartet for Strings no 1 in C major, Op. 37, M41
  • Notes: Singelkerk, Amsterdam, The Netherlands (04/07/2005-04/09/2005)
  • Running Time: 17 min. 9 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Form: Chamber Music
  • Written: 1917

>Leos Janácek (Composer) (1854 - 1928) : Quartet for Strings no 1 "Kreutzer Sonata"
  • Notes: Waalse Kerk, Amsterdam, The Netherlands (05/11/2005-05/13/2005)
  • Running Time: 18 min. 11 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Written: 1923

>Szymanowski, Karol : Quartet for Strings no 2, Op. 56, M64
  • Notes: Singelkerk, Amsterdam, The Netherlands (04/07/2005-04/09/2005)
  • Running Time: 16 min. 46 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Form: Chamber Music
  • Written: 1927

>Leos Janácek (Composer) (1854 - 1928) : Quartet for Strings no 2 ("Listy duverné," "Intimate Letters"), JW 7/13
  • Notes: Waalse Kerk, Amsterdam, The Netherlands (05/11/2005-05/13/2005)
  • Running Time: 25 min. 31 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Written: 1928