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Haydn: Quartet Op. 71/2; Brahms: Quartet No. 3, Op. 67; Zemlinsky: Quartet No. 3, Op. 19 / Salle String Quartet (rec. 1965/68/77)

Album Summary

>Haydn, Franz Joseph : Quartet for Strings in D major, Op. 71 no 2/H 3 no 70
>Brahms, Johannes : Quartet for Strings no 3 in B flat major, Op. 67
>Zemlinsky, Alexander v. : Quartet for Strings no 3, Op. 19
Ensemble Composers

Notes & Reviews:

The LaSalle Quartet was active from 1946-88, however its influence goes far beyond that. Violinist Walter Levine is still a vital, much sought out authority for string players. From their founding, the Quartet was devoted to the late 19th and 20th c repertoire. The works of Schoenberg, Berg and Webern were a significant part, as were the quartets of Schoenberg's teacher, Alexander Zemlinsky. This CD of studio recordings from 1965, 1968 and 1977 draws Zemlinsky together with Haydn and Brahms - a bold program for an ensemble specializing in modern to include some "early music".

BBC Music Magazine, June 2015
Clear and bright in Haydn and Brahms, and on home ground in Zemlinsky's feverish late Romanticism.

American Record Guide, September/October 2015

American Record Guide, September/October 2015
The LaSalle Quartet was, from its inception, interested in the Second Viennese School and sounds entirely at home with Zemlinsky's Quartet 3. This work is rich and complex in every way: harmonically, melodically, texturally, emotionally. The LaSalle makes it sound entirely natural and organic. When I compared this to the less coherent reading by the Brodsky (July/Aug 2015), I realized just how fully the LaSalle Quartet has absorbed and internalized this music. While maintaining the work's subdued intensity, they make every strange melodic line, every dissonant chord, fit perfectly. This is perhaps the most impressive performance I've heard from this ensemble.

Notes & Reviews:

Recording information: Hans-Rosbaud Studio Baden-Baden (03/24/1965); Hans-Rosbaud Studio Baden-Baden (06/11/1977); Hans-Rosbaud Studio Baden-Baden (12/14/1968).



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Works Details

>Haydn, Franz Joseph : Quartet for Strings in D major, Op. 71 no 2/H 3 no 70
  • Ensemble: Salle String Quartet
  • Running Time: 14 min. 18 sec.
  • Period Time: Classical
  • Form: Chamber Music
  • Written: 1793

>Brahms, Johannes : Quartet for Strings no 3 in B flat major, Op. 67
  • Running Time: 32 min. 23 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Written: 1876

>Zemlinsky, Alexander v. : Quartet for Strings no 3, Op. 19
  • Running Time: 20 min. 1 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1924