Verdi, Tchaikovsky, Smetana: String Quartets / Amadeus Quartet

Album Summary

>Verdi, Giuseppe : Quartet for Strings in E minor
>Tchaikovsky, Peter Ilyich : Quartet for Strings no 1 in D major, Op. 11
>Smetana, Bedrich : Quartet for Strings no 1 in E minor ("Z meho, zivota," "From My Life"), JB 1
Ensemble Composers

Notes & Reviews:

Three great string quartets dating from the same decade are coupled together on this scintillating Amadeus Quartet CD. While better known for their recordings of Classical repertoire, the Amadeus played the Verdi at their very first recital in January 1948 at London's Wigmore Hall. Out of the catalogue for some years, this disc is now appropriately re-released for Verdi Year 2013.

Penguin Guide
The Amadeus play with total commitment and this is among their best recordings. They bring great warmth to this piece and are admirably served by the DG engineers.

Penguin Guide
The Amadeus version of No.1, coupled with Verdi's sole Quartet, is well worth considering. It is played with genuine fervor and expertise, and beautifully recorded.



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Works Details

>Verdi, Giuseppe : Quartet for Strings in E minor
  • Ensemble: Amadeus Quartet
  • Running Time: 22 min. 43 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Written: 1873

>Tchaikovsky, Peter Ilyich : Quartet for Strings no 1 in D major, Op. 11
  • Running Time: 26 min. 38 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Written: 1871

>Smetana, Bedrich : Quartet for Strings no 1 in E minor ("Z mého, zivota," "From My Life"), JB 1 :: 105
  • Running Time: 27 min. sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Written: 1876