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Stenhammar: String Quartets No. 5 in C major, No. 6 in D minor; Quartet in F minor / Stenhammar Qrt.

Album Summary

>Stenhammar, Wilhelm : Quartet for Strings no 5 in C major, Op. 29
>Stenhammar, Wilhelm : String Quartet
>Stenhammar, Wilhelm : Quartet for Strings no 6 in D minor, Op. 35
Ensemble Composer

Notes & Reviews:

On this second disc of the Stenhammar Quartet's survey, these two late works frame a world première recording, namely that of the Quartet in F minor which Stenhammar completed in 1897, but withdrew after a successful first performance in 1898. While describing the quartet's middle movements as 'fresh and joyful,' Stenhammar expressed severe doubts regarding the final movement and for a long time harbored the idea of replacing it, before finally giving up on the work. The first modern performance of the quartet took place in 2001, and now the Stenhammar Quartet is offering a wider audience the opportunity to judge for itself.

Gramophone Magazine, January 2014
A charming and repeatable release where No. 6, especially, deserves to be better known.

MusicWeb International, 16th December 2013
There is no doubting that the Stenhammars have set the bar high in this repertoire, their musicality informing every bar of the music. They have obviously lived with these works and have a sense of shared purpose. The music feels as if it is freshly composed...Anyone with an interest in Nordic chamber music, could do no better than explore these interesting works.

American Record Guide, March/April 2014
The Fifth and Sixth are somewhere between Mendelssohn and Dvorak. They are individual and enjoyable, sunny, with a subtle undercurrent of melancholy. These are all four-movement works and appear classical in structure. Stenhammar played around with forms and meter, always with the sense of one who knows the rules and decides what needs to be bent anyway. The Fifth (c. 1910) seems to hit its stride in III and IV, the charming Scherzo and Finale, which hold more interest than I and II, good as they are. The themes are a touch naive - after hearing the Fifth. The Sixth Quartet came in 1916 and, right off the bat, the impressionism are much stronger in the mix. The sound is good (BIS almost always is) and the namesake quartet is finely balanced and attuned to each other.

Notes & Reviews:

Recording information: Petrus Kyrkan, Stocksund, Sweden.



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Works Details

>Stenhammar, Wilhelm : Quartet for Strings no 5 in C major, Op. 29
  • Ensemble: Stenhammar String Quartet
  • Running Time: 5 min. 19 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Written: 1910

>Stenhammar, Wilhelm : String Quartet
  • Running Time: 6 min. 20 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Form: Chamber Music

>Stenhammar, Wilhelm : Quartet for Strings no 6 in D minor, Op. 35
  • Running Time: 24 min. 8 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Written: 1916