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Engelbert Humperdinck: String Quartets / Diogenes Quartett

Album Summary

>Humperdinck, Engelbert : Quartet for Strings in C major, EHWV 164
>Humperdinck, Engelbert : Piano Quintet in G major, EHWV 37
>Humperdinck, Engelbert : Piano Quintet in E flat major, EHWV 18 ("Menuet")
>Humperdinck, Engelbert : Quartet for Strings Movement in E minor, EHWV 22
>Humperdinck, Engelbert : Quartet for Strings Movement in C minor, Op. 38 EHWV 38
>Humperdinck, Engelbert : Notturno for violin & string quartet in G major, EHWV 63
Performers Ensemble Composer

Notes & Reviews:

The music world associates Humperdinck first and foremost with his fairy-tale opera Haensel und Gretel. Chamber music accounts for only a small portion of his oeuvre but cannot be underestimated in its importance. Humperdinck's chamber music, especially the previously unknown piano quintet, represents a valuable contribution to the late-romantic literature off the beaten path of the familiar and much-performed repertoire. This recording emphatically points to the important oeuvre of a late-romantic composer meriting further exploration.

Fanfare Magazine
Despite all of the potshots I've taken at Humperdinck's music, the Diogenes Quartet plays it like it really matters. This is an excellent ensemble that I would very much like to hear in some mainstream chamber music repertoire.

American Record Guide, July / August 2012
Performances and sound are pleasurable, with the kind of mellow tone most flattering to Humperdinck's style. One curious point: the notes describe Humperdinck's Moorish Rhapsody as a chamber work. Is there also a chamber version of that lovely orchestral piece?

Gramophone Magazine, August 2012
There is some wit in the early Menuet for piano quintet, some ambition in the E minor quartet movement and some solid achievement in the C minor movement...It is also possible to imagine the Notturno going down well as an encore piece for a quartet with a distinguished guest, though it really needs a freer, more voluptuous tone than Lydia Dubrovskaya supplies here. Elsewhere the playing is enthusiastic and well prepared.

MusicWeb International, June 2012
I couldn't fault the beautiful playing of the Diogenes who adopts a straightforward unadorned style that feels wholly convincing. Glorious string tone and impeccable ensemble are trademarks of this first-rate quartet.

Notes & Reviews:

Recording information: August-Everding-Saal, Grünwald, Germany (12/19/2007-12/21/2007).



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>Humperdinck, Engelbert : Quartet for Strings in C major, EHWV 164
  • Ensemble: Diogenes Quartett
  • Notes: August-Everding-Saal, Grünwald, Germany (12/19/2007-12/21/2007)
  • Running Time: 17 min. 48 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Form: Chamber Music
  • Written: 1920

>Humperdinck, Engelbert : Piano Quintet in G major, EHWV 37
  • Performer: Andreas Kirpal (Piano)
  • Notes: August-Everding-Saal, Grünwald, Germany (12/19/2007-12/21/2007)
  • Running Time: 29 min. 22 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Form: Chamber Music
  • Written: 1875

>Humperdinck, Engelbert : Piano Quintet in E flat major, EHWV 18 ("Menuet")
  • Performer: Andreas Kirpal (Piano)
  • Notes: August-Everding-Saal, Grünwald, Germany (12/19/2007-12/21/2007)
  • Running Time: 7 min. 18 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Form: Chamber Music
  • Written: 1872

>Humperdinck, Engelbert : Quartet for Strings Movement in E minor, EHWV 22
  • Notes: August-Everding-Saal, Grünwald, Germany (12/19/2007-12/21/2007)
  • Running Time: 12 min. 15 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Written: 1873

>Humperdinck, Engelbert : Quartet for Strings Movement in C minor, Op. 38 EHWV 38
  • Notes: August-Everding-Saal, Grünwald, Germany (12/19/2007-12/21/2007)
  • Running Time: 7 min. sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Written: 1875

>Humperdinck, Engelbert : Notturno for violin & string quartet in G major, EHWV 63
  • Performer: Lydia Dubrowskaya (Violin)
  • Notes: August-Everding-Saal, Grünwald, Germany (12/19/2007-12/21/2007)
  • Running Time: 4 min. 54 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Written: 1879