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Christian Ernst Graf (1723-1804): Five String Quartets / Via Nova SQ

Album Summary

>Graf, Christian Ernst : Quartet for Strings in D major, Op. 17/4
>Graf, Christian Ernst : Quartet for Strings no 6 in F major
>Graf, Christian Ernst : Quartet for Strings in G minor, Op. 17/1
>Graf, Christian Ernst : Quartet for Strings no 4 in D major
>Graf, Christian Ernst : Quartet for Strings in G major, Op. 17/3
Ensemble Composer

Notes & Reviews:

About Christian Ernst Graf (1723-1804) little is known, but we do have sources enabling an understanding of his music. Just prior to Graf's death, H. C. Koch published the most important music lexicon of his times. Like this lexicon, Graf's music documents the eventful stylistic developments from baroque to classicism. Graf's clear, intelligent music links all sorts of heterogeneous melodic ideas, sequences, varies or imitates them in playful alternation and provides contrast with chromatic counterparts. The Via Nova Quartet interprets his five string quartets on historical instruments.

American Record Guide, November/December 2015
The playing is marvelous. This German string quartet uses period instruments, and their tuning is bright and perfect. They use almost no vibrato, but they know how to sweeten long-held notes with a barely noticeable use of it. Their ensemble is total, not just rhythmically but in their ability to shape and weave the lines together. And what's that harpsichord doing here? You have to listen carefully to hear her, but it's her instrument that adds an extra touch of pungency to the flowing lines. And bravo to the engineers who leave the players in charge and project their balanced sound beautifully.

Notes & Reviews:

Recording information: Saarländischer Rundfunk, Groáer Sendesaal (10/2012).



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Works Details

>Graf, Christian Ernst : Quartet for Strings in D major, Op. 17/4
  • Ensemble: Via Nova Quartett (String Quartet, Germany)
  • Running Time: 11 min. 15 sec.
  • Period Time: Classical

>Graf, Christian Ernst : Quartet for Strings no 6 in F major
  • Ensemble: Via Nova Quartett (String Quartet, Germany)
  • Running Time: 11 min. 30 sec.
  • Period Time: Classical

>Graf, Christian Ernst : Quartet for Strings in G minor, Op. 17/1
  • Ensemble: Via Nova Quartett (String Quartet, Germany)
  • Running Time: 11 min. 20 sec.
  • Period Time: Classical

>Graf, Christian Ernst : Quartet for Strings no 4 in D major
  • Ensemble: Via Nova Quartett (String Quartet, Germany)
  • Running Time: 15 min. 16 sec.
  • Period Time: Classical

>Graf, Christian Ernst : Quartet for Strings in G major, Op. 17/3
  • Ensemble: Via Nova Quartett (String Quartet, Germany)
  • Running Time: 11 min. 2 sec.
  • Period Time: Classical