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Wagner, Puccini, Respighi, Verdi, Humperdink: Quartets / Ziesak, Leipzig String Quartet

Album Summary

>Puccini, Giacomo : Chrysanthemums, elegy for string quartet
>Respighi, Ottorino : Il tramonto
>Wagner, Richard : Albumblatt [fur Cosima Wagner], for string quartet, WWV deest
>Humperdinck, Engelbert : Quartet for Strings in C major, EHWV 164
>Verdi, Giuseppe : Quartet for Strings in E minor
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Notes & Reviews:

BBC Music Magazine
Is an interesting collection of curiosities. The neglected piece of real interest here is Verdi's String Quartet in E minorà played with exemplary lucidity and feeling by the Leipzig Quartetà and immaculately recorded by MDG.

Sunday Times
What could be a more seductive five minutes that Puccini's Crisantemi (Chrysanthemums), a lovely crystellisation of his idiomàà.Verdi's four-movement E minor quartet is substantial, original and unforgettable.

The Strad
Respighi's heavenly Il tramonto, a 'lyric poem' (based on Shelley) for soprano and string quartet, shifts the stylistic points of reference forward to Richard Strauss and early Schoenberg. Once again the Leipzig Quartet sets the emotional temperature at precisely the right level, scoring interpretive points over most rivals by never overindulging the music's natural opulence. Atmospheric, well-balanced sound too.



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>Puccini, Giacomo : Chrysanthemums, elegy for string quartet
  • Notes: Paul-Gerhardt-Kirche Leipzig (05/17/2007-05/19/2007)
  • Running Time: 5 min. 22 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Written: 1890

>Respighi, Ottorino : Il tramonto
  • Performer: Ruth Ziesak (Soprano)
  • Notes: Paul-Gerhardt-Kirche Leipzig (05/17/2007-05/19/2007)
  • Running Time: 14 min. 12 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Written: 1914

>Wagner, Richard : Albumblatt [für Cosima Wagner], for string quartet, WWV deest
  • Notes: Paul-Gerhardt-Kirche Leipzig (05/17/2007-05/19/2007)
  • Running Time: 1 min. 36 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Written: 12/25/1881

>Humperdinck, Engelbert : Quartet for Strings in C major, EHWV 164
  • Notes: Paul-Gerhardt-Kirche Leipzig (05/17/2007-05/19/2007)
  • Running Time: 17 min. 8 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Form: Chamber Music
  • Written: 1920

>Verdi, Giuseppe : Quartet for Strings in E minor
  • Notes: Paul-Gerhardt-Kirche Leipzig (05/17/2007-05/19/2007)
  • Running Time: 21 min. 27 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Written: 1873