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Birth of the String Quartet, Vol. 1

Album Summary

>Scarlatti, Alessandro : Sonate a quattro for string quartet no 4 in D minor ("Quartet Sonata")
>Sammartini, Giovanni Battista : Symphony for 2 violins, viola & bass in G major, J-C 39
>Mozart, Wolfgang Amadeus : Quartet for Strings no 1 in G major ("Lodi"), K. 80 (K. 73f)
>Boccherini, Luigi : Quartet for Strings in C minor, G. 159 (Op. 2/1)
>Haydn, Franz Joseph : Quartet for Strings in D minor, Op. 9 no 4/H 3 no 22
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Notes & Reviews:

For these recordings, the casalQuartett was supplied with a complete set of unique instruments of the Austrian violinmaker Jacob Stainer, from the years around 1650. Until the early 19th century, their sound was considered the absolute ideal.

"Of all the works on the disc it is the Haydn that most clearly shows the way in which the medium would develop, as well as being of great beauty and effectiveness in itself... All of this is made strikingly apparent by the superb performances by the Casal Quartet, who thoroughly understand the idiom of these works. Much is made in the booklet of their use of four instruments all by the seventeenth century maker Jacob Stainer. Certainly the reedy sound they produce suits the music and their playing style, probably best described as historically informed. The sheer beauty of sound of the Quartet as recorded here is in itself a major reason to purchase this disc." -MusicWeb-International



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Works Details

>Scarlatti, Alessandro : Sonate a quattro for string quartet no 4 in D minor ("Quartet Sonata")
  • Running Time: 2 min. sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Form: Chamber Music

>Sammartini, Giovanni Battista : Symphony for 2 violins, viola & bass in G major, J-C 39
  • Running Time: 4 min. 4 sec.
  • Period Time: Classical
  • Form: Orchestral

>Mozart, Wolfgang Amadeus : Quartet for Strings no 1 in G major ("Lodi"), K. 80 (K. 73f)
  • Notes: Composition written: 1770.
  • Running Time: 15 min. 28 sec.
  • Period Time: Classical
  • Written: 1770

>Boccherini, Luigi : Quartet for Strings in C minor, G. 159 (Op. 2/1)
  • Running Time: 19 min. 17 sec.
  • Period Time: Classical
  • Form: Chamber Music
  • Written: 1761

>Haydn, Franz Joseph : Quartet for Strings in D minor, Op. 9 no 4/H 3 no 22
  • Running Time: 17 min. 29 sec.
  • Period Time: Classical
  • Form: Chamber Music
  • Written: ?1769-70