Notes & Reviews:
Paul Hindemith wrote seven String Quartets, all of which reflect the experience and practical assurance of a distinguished violinist and, later, violist. No. 2 was written in 1918 whilst he was a soldier on active duty. It's a bracing, dynamic and pithy work with a clever series of variations which parody romantic excess, and a virtuosic finale. No. 3 followed early in 1920 and was an instant success, a thrilling example of Hindemith's concise imagination at work. This passionate quartet, with its richly varied material, is one of his supreme chamber masterpieces. In 1922 Paul Hindemith founded a quartet named after its principal violinist Licco Amar. On the occasion of Hindemith's 100th birthday in 1995, the Hindemith Institute awarded the Zürich-based ensemble the historic name of the Amar Quartet, the members of which are Anna Brunner and Igor Keller (violins), Hannes Bärtschi (viola), and Péter Somodari (cello).
Beautiful performances by a (Swiss) quartet taking its name from the one Hindemith founded in 1921.
Full of good music and certainly worth the serious consideration of chamber music aficionados.
American Record Guide, November/December 2012
This recording was made by another Amar Quartet, founded in 1995 and given the name with the blessings of the Hindemith Institute. The taping was done at the studios of Swiss Radio in Zurich and is a model for the clarity, body, and rich sound that good string quartet recording demands. The new Amar has responded brilliantly.
Recording information: Groáer Saal, Radiostudio Zürich, Schweizer Radio DRS, Z.
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Works DetailsHindemith, Paul : Quartet for Strings no 2 in F minor, Op. 10
- Ensemble: Amar Quartet
- Running Time: 33 min. 21 sec.
- Period Time: Modern
- Written: 1918
Hindemith, Paul : Quartet for Strings no 3 in C major, Op. 16
- Running Time: 31 min. 13 sec.
- Period Time: Modern
- Written: 1920