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Beethoven, Bruckner, Hartmann, Holliger / Zehetmair Quartett

Audio Samples

>Beethoven, Ludwig van : Quartet for Strings no 16 in F major, Op. 135
>Bruckner, Anton : Quartet for Strings in C minor, WAB 111
>Hartmann, Karl Amadeus : Quartet for Strings no 2
>Holliger, Heinz : Quartet for Strings no 2

Album Summary

>Beethoven, Ludwig van : Quartet for Strings no 16 in F major, Op. 135
>Bruckner, Anton : Quartet for Strings in C minor, WAB 111
>Hartmann, Karl Amadeus : Quartet for Strings no 2
>Holliger, Heinz : Quartet for Strings no 2
Performers Ensemble Composers

Notes & Reviews:

The Zehetmair Quartett, one of the most exciting and accomplished string quartets of our time, plays a program of characteristically broad reach. This double album begins with Beethoven's highly-concentrated opus 135, and concludes with Heinz Holliger's explosions of fantasy in his 2nd String Quartet, a composition written for, and premiered by, the Zehetmair group. Bruckner's rarely-heard C-minor quartet is, as Thomas Zehetmair notes, both touching and warm-hearted. These three pieces - the Beethoven, Bruckner and Holliger quartets - were recorded in Zurich 2010. The Hartmann Nr. 2 - "a large-scale nostalgic drama, full of wisdom" - was recorded in 2002 by an earlier quartet line-up, and this interpretation is previously unreleased. It was the last of the Zehetmair Quartett recordings to feature cellist and founding member Françoise Groben (1965- 2011). "Her energy and creativity were crucial to our development and early successes. This new production is dedicated to her memory."

American Record Guide, March/April 2014
The only work familiar to me is Beethoven's Quartet 16. This reading is excellent. Beethoven's late quartets are profound. Bruckner's Quartet in F is relatively well known. It is a work of confidence and charm, and the notes fittingly praise its "secure mastery of the classical scherzo and a trio already foreshadowing the landler of his later symphonies". The expressive and intelligent performance given here is well-deserved. Karl Amadeus Hartmann (1905-63) was a German composer whom some regard as one of the 20th Century's greatest symphonists, though he is largely unknown in most English-speaking countries. His Quartet 2 is a work of impressive scope, showing (intentionally, I suspect) the influence of several pre-WW II composers and trends. Heinz Holliger (b. 1939) studied composition with Pierre Boulez, and his Quartet 2 is dedicated to Elliott Carter. It uses many extended techniques, such as glissandos, alternate tunings, harmonics, microtones, col legno, sul ponticello, and other scratching and popping sounds.

Notes & Reviews:

Recording information: Radio Studio DRS, Zürich (04/2010/05/2012).



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Works Details

>Beethoven, Ludwig van : Quartet for Strings no 16 in F major, Op. 135
  • Performer: Zehetmair Quartet
  • Ensemble: Zehetmair Quartett
  • Running Time: 21 min. 32 sec.
  • Period Time: Classical
  • Written: 1826

>Bruckner, Anton : Quartet for Strings in C minor, WAB 111
  • Performer: Zehetmair Quartet
  • Running Time: 21 min. 17 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Form: Chamber Music
  • Written: circa 1862

>Hartmann, Karl Amadeus : Quartet for Strings no 2
  • Performers: Françoise Groben (Cello); Zehetmair Quartet
  • Running Time: 26 min. 18 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Form: Chamber Music
  • Written: 1945

>Holliger, Heinz : Quartet for Strings no 2
  • Performer: Zehetmair Quartet
  • Running Time: 24 min. 5 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Written: 2007