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Wolf: Complete Music for String Quartet / Quartetto Prometeo

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>Wolf, Hugo : Quartet for Strings in D minor
>Wolf, Hugo : Intermezzo for string quartet in E flat major
>Wolf, Hugo : Serenade for String Quartet in G major "Italian Serenade"

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>Wolf, Hugo : Quartet for Strings in D minor
>Wolf, Hugo : Intermezzo for string quartet in E flat major
>Wolf, Hugo : Serenade for String Quartet in G major "Italian Serenade"
Ensemble Composer

Notes & Reviews:

Hugo Wolf is best known today for his extraordinary and highly popular Lieder; his small body of compositions for orchestra and chamber ensemble are, sadly, performed and recorded far less. In this new recording by the young Italian ensemble Quartetto Prometeo, the works for string quartet recorded on this disc reveal the seriousness with which Wolf approached this small-scale genre.

American Record Guide, September / October 2012
These three works are all that Wolf wrote for the string quartet. The D-minor Quartet is the major work; he began its composition, the notes tell us, when he lived for a while in a house in Vienna that was once Beethoven's. Whether that accounts for its obvious debt to Beethoven's late quartets, I cannot say; but it does have much of their intensity and vigor as well as their musical structure. Add to that its length of 43 minutes, many dramatic passages, and vigorous and concise treatment of its themes, and Wolf's debt is quite apparent. Still, Wolf was also an ardent Wagnerian (he met the composer), as is indicated by the beginning of the quartet's slow movement, which calls to mind the Prelude to Lohengrin with its silvery violins playing in their high register.

Notes & Reviews:

Recording information: Chiesa di San Rocco, Grignano Polesine, Rovigo, Italy (09/15/2011-09/17/2011).



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Works Details

>Wolf, Hugo : Quartet for Strings in D minor
  • Ensemble: Quartetto Prometeo
  • Notes: Chiesa di San Rocco, Grignano Polesine, Rovigo, Italy (09/15/2011-09/17/2011)
  • Running Time: 42 min. 25 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Form: Chamber Music
  • Written: 1878-1884

>Wolf, Hugo : Intermezzo for string quartet in E flat major
  • Notes: Chiesa di San Rocco, Grignano Polesine, Rovigo, Italy (09/15/2011-09/17/2011)
  • Running Time: 11 min. 48 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Written: 1886

>Wolf, Hugo : Serenade for String Quartet in G major "Italian Serenade"
  • Notes: Chiesa di San Rocco, Grignano Polesine, Rovigo, Italy (09/15/2011-09/17/2011)
  • Running Time: 6 min. 39 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Written: 1887