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Carl Czerny (1791-1857): String Quartets / Sheridan Ensemble

Album Summary

>Czerny, Carl : Quartet for Strings in D major
>Czerny, Carl : Quartet for Strings in E minor
>Czerny, Carl : Quartet for Strings in A minor
>Czerny, Carl : Quartet for Strings in D minor
Ensemble Composer

Notes & Reviews:

Known as a piano teacher, with whose works almost every piano pupil should be familiar and possibly also as a pupil of Beethoven, Carl Czerny enjoys practically no fame as a composer today. The composing maniac (round about 800 published works) acquired a great reputation (and wealth) from piano teaching and writing educational works for the piano and compositions the market expected from him and from which he earned a lot of money. At the moment, seven quartets are recorded, four of which were probably intended for publication. Czerny composed in the tradition of Haydn and Beethoven. Echoes of Mendelssohn can be discerned as well as a romantic style full of drama and profundity of expression. The quartets have only been passed down as manuscripts from Czerny's estate, which can be found in the archives of the Society of Friends of Music in Vienna.

Expedition Audio Recommended
The quartets are written in a manner decidedly centered on Classical models, expertly crafted with forms and styles that bring to mind Haydn and early Beethoven. read more

Gramophone Magazine
The Sheridans are stylish advocates. They match the Viennoiserie with performances oozing that very Viennese quality of Gemütlichkeit. And their impeccable taste, sensitivity and refinement never overload the music with more import than it can bear.

American Record Guide, September/October 2015
What makes this album is the Sheridan Ensemble, a collection of players organized in 2007 who individually perform with groups from I Barocchisti and Giardino Armonico to the Deutsche Chamber Philharmonic Bremen, Berlin Philharmonic, and Ensemble Modern Frankfurt. The players here are violinists Yuki Kasai and Matan Dagan, violist Florian Dondere, and Sheridan founder and cellist Anna Carewe. Their pitch, intonation, and ensemble are impeccable. In Czerny's quick contrasting styles, from lyrical to forceful to light, crisp, and skipping, they can turn on a dime. And their pacing - flexible but always with a solid grasp of form - always grasps the mood of each movement, from Adagio to Presto.

Two things are certain: I look forward to more quartets by Czerny, and I hope they're played by the same members of the Sheridan Ensemble.



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Works Details

>Czerny, Carl : Quartet for Strings in D major
  • Ensemble: Sheridan Ensemble
  • Notes: Bremen, Sendesaal (10/03/2012-10/06/2012)
  • Running Time: 27 min. 3 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Written: 1851

>Czerny, Carl : Quartet for Strings in E minor
  • Notes: Berlin, Siemensvilla (02/11/2011-02/13/2011)
  • Running Time: 26 min. 22 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic

>Czerny, Carl : Quartet for Strings in A minor
  • Notes: Bremen, Sendesaal (10/03/2012-10/06/2012)
  • Running Time: 28 min. 56 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic

>Czerny, Carl : Quartet for Strings in D minor
  • Notes: Berlin, Siemensvilla (02/11/2011-02/13/2011)
  • Running Time: 30 min. 14 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic