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R. Strauss, Puccini & Verdi: String Quartets / Enso String Quartet

Album Summary

>Strauss, Richard : Quartet for Strings in A major, Op. 2 (TrV 95)
>Puccini, Giacomo : Chrysanthemums, elegy for string quartet
>Puccini, Giacomo : Minuets (3) for string quartet
>Verdi, Giuseppe : Quartet for Strings in E minor
Conductors Ensembles Composers

Notes & Reviews:

Three of the greatest opera composers from the 19th and early 20th centuries are heard on this recording in their only works for string quartet. Richard Strauss's String Quartet in A major is a youthful work which shows the classical influence of Haydn, while Puccini's Crisantemi, Three Minuets in A Major, is a brief elegy charged with great emotional intensity. Verdi's String Quartet in E minor is his only significant chamber work, written at the age of sixty when he was at the height of his fame. The Enso Quartet's GRAMMY®-nominated recording of Ginastera's complete quartets (8.570780) was acclaimed by MusicWeb International for "string quartet playing of jawdropping prowess".

American Record Guide, January/February 2015
The Enso Quartet's latest disc is devoted to the music of composers seldom associated with chamber music. One is tempted to call Richard Strauss's Quartet in A juvenilia, since it was written when he was just 17. This expansive, half-hour long piece, however, is Brahmsian in its lyrical appeal and rhythmic vitality. The Enso Quartet plays it with a beautifully blended sound and, in the slow movement, heartrending sensitivity.

Notes & Reviews:

Recording information: St. Anne's Church, Toronto, Ontario, Canada (07/30/2012-08/02/2012).



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>Strauss, Richard : Quartet for Strings in A major, Op. 2 (TrV 95)
  • Ensemble: Enso String Quartet
  • Notes: St. Anne's Church, Toronto, Ontario, Canada (07/30/2012-08/02/2012)
  • Running Time: 28 min. 20 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Form: Chamber Music
  • Written: 1880

>Puccini, Giacomo : Chrysanthemums, elegy for string quartet
  • Conductor: Arturo Tamayo
  • Ensemble: Luxembourg Philharmonic Orchestra
  • Notes: St. Anne's Church, Toronto, Ontario, Canada (07/30/2012-08/02/2012)
  • Running Time: 5 min. 51 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Written: 1890

>Puccini, Giacomo : Minuets (3) for string quartet
  • Notes: St. Anne's Church, Toronto, Ontario, Canada (07/30/2012-08/02/2012)
  • Running Time: 8 min. 31 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Written: 1890

>Verdi, Giuseppe : Quartet for Strings in E minor
  • Notes: St. Anne's Church, Toronto, Ontario, Canada (07/30/2012-08/02/2012)
  • Running Time: 21 min. 37 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Written: 1873