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Brahms, Schumann: String Quartets / Melos Qrt.

Album Summary

>Schumann, Robert : Quartet for Strings no 1 in A minor, Op. 41/1
>Schumann, Robert : Quartet for Strings no 2 in F major, Op. 41/2
>Schumann, Robert : Quartet for Strings no 3 in A major, Op. 41/3
>Brahms, Johannes : Quartet for Strings no 3 in B flat major, Op. 67
>Brahms, Johannes : Quartet for Strings no 1 in C minor, Op. 51/1
>Brahms, Johannes : Quartet for Strings no 2 in A minor, Op. 51/2
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Notes & Reviews:

"Their playing is immediately enjoyable for its warmth, its rhythmic impulse and its very positive directness... The Melos, with their pungent accentuation, are splendid in the tempo risoluto variation of the second movement (of Schumann's Third Quartet) and in the dancing finale, just as they are in the exuberant vitality of the First Quartet's concluding Presto." Gramophone Magazine, April 1989

Though these quartets are not often recorded together, they present in microcosm the correspondences and conflicts in the musical personalities of these two friends. The Melos Quartet remains almost unrivalled not just in this coupling, but in its technical address and classically German sonority that allows us to hear the past, present and future context of these quartets. "Their playing is immediately enjoyable for its warmth, its rhythmic impulse and its very positive directness... " - Gramophone, April 1989

BBC Music Magazine
Notwithstanding rough edges, the passion the Melos Quartet bring to the Brahms Quartets makes for compelling listening.

American Record Guide
the members of the Melos are good Brahmsians who seem to have the style in their bones. In the Schumann Quartets the Melos clearly is rejoicing in the composer's rich imagination and fondness for new compositional ideas. This is Schumann that ranks high in a strong field...

Notes & Reviews:

Recording information: Zentralsaal, Bamberg.



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Works Details

>Schumann, Robert : Quartet for Strings no 1 in A minor, Op. 41/1
  • Running Time: 24 min. 58 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Form: Chamber Music
  • Written: 1842

>Schumann, Robert : Quartet for Strings no 2 in F major, Op. 41/2
  • Running Time: 22 min. 3 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Form: Chamber Music
  • Written: 1842

>Schumann, Robert : Quartet for Strings no 3 in A major, Op. 41/3
  • Running Time: 7 min. 51 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Form: Chamber Music
  • Written: 1842

>Brahms, Johannes : Quartet for Strings no 3 in B flat major, Op. 67
  • Running Time: 34 min. 18 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Written: 1876

>Brahms, Johannes : Quartet for Strings no 1 in C minor, Op. 51/1
  • Running Time: 31 min. 14 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Written: 1866-1873

>Brahms, Johannes : Quartet for Strings no 2 in A minor, Op. 51/2
  • Running Time: 34 min. 13 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Written: 1865