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Hindemith: String Quartets Vol. 3 - String Quartets Nos. 1 and 4 / Amar Quartet

Album Summary

>Hindemith, Paul : Quartet for Strings no 1 in C major, Op. 2
>Hindemith, Paul : Quartet for Strings no 4, Op. 22
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Notes & Reviews:

Hindemith's seven string quartets were produced in different phases of his compositional development, all reflecting the experience of being a distinguished and experienced string player. Influenced both by Brahmsian late-Romanticism and by the catastrophic events of the First World War, the imaginative String Quartet No. 1 reflects his concern to extend but honour traditional forms. Cast in the form of a suite, the by turns tempestuous and beautiful String Quartet No. 4 remains Hindemith's most popular and performed quartet. This is the third and final volume of a highly acclaimed cycle. 'As with the previous release in this series, the performances are all outstanding.' (ClassicsToday.com / 8.572164, Volume 2)

BBC Music Magazine, September 2015
[The String Quartet No. 1] might cloy in a lesser performance, but not here thanks to the Amars' subtle warmth. The great Fourth Quartet... finds Hindemith already in possession of his full powers: these players ensure that the opening 'Fugato' is never dry, and they are superbly attuned to the unsentimental melancholy of the beautiful middle movement.

American Record Guide, November/December 2015

American Record Guide, November/December 2015
These two quartets differ greatly from one another. Quartet 1, from 1915, is fairly typical late romanticism; but Quartet 4, composed just six years later, is much more modern... The performances are excellent.

Notes & Reviews:

Recording information: Groáer Saal, Radiostudio Zürich, Schweizer Radio DRS, Z (12/06/2009-12/08/2009).



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>Hindemith, Paul : Quartet for Strings no 1 in C major, Op. 2
  • Ensemble: Amar Quartet
  • Notes: Groáer Saal, Radiostudio Zürich, Schweizer Radio DRS, Zürich, Switzerland (12/06/2009-12/08/2009)
  • Running Time: 40 min. 54 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1914-1915

>Hindemith, Paul : Quartet for Strings no 4, Op. 22
  • Notes: Groáer Saal, Radiostudio Zürich, Schweizer Radio DRS, Zürich, Switzerland (12/06/2009-12/08/2009)
  • Running Time: 25 min. 2 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1921