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Bruckner: Quintet for Strings; Zemlinsky: Quintet for Strings / Bartholdy Quintet

Album Summary

>Zemlinsky, Alexander v. : String Quintet (movements 2 & 3 lost)
>Bruckner, Anton : Quintet for strings in F major, WAB 112
>Bruckner, Anton : Intermezzo for String Quintet in D minor, WAB 113
Ensemble Composers

Notes & Reviews:

Very few permanent ensembles of five string performers can be found on today's chamber music scene, despite the fact that the string quintet genre features a number of beautiful works by the likes of Mozart, Mendelssohn, Brahms, Tchaikovsky and Dvorak. The Bartholdy Quintet has been devoting itself to this wonderful sector of classical chamber music ever since it was founded in 2009. With it's debut release featuring Alexander von Zemlinsky's Two Movements for String Quintet and Anton Bruckner's Quintet in F Major, the ensemble is fulfilling it's desire to make relatively rare works in the genre known to a wider audience. "Long before we went into the recording studio, we had already been working intensely on these two pieces - we performed them often in public, with much pleasure", recalls violinist Ulf Schneider. "Each one of these works is outstanding in it's own right; the symphonic dimension in Bruckner's music and Zemlinsky's quite unusual work with a virtuoso final movement. Moreover, apart from such unique compositional traits, each of the composers had something very personal to say. That is what fascinates us the most - and as we have gone on performing them in concert over the years, we have come to love these two quintets. Their inclusion as the two main works on our first release as a permanent string quintet was thus a matter of course."

Notes & Reviews:

Recording information: WDR Köln, Klaus-von-Bismarck-Saal, Germany (11/2013).



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Works Details

>Zemlinsky, Alexander v. : String Quintet (movements 2 & 3 lost)
  • Ensemble: Bartholdy Quintett
  • Running Time: 12 min. 46 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1894-1896

>Bruckner, Anton : Quintet for strings in F major, WAB 112
  • Ensemble: Bartholdy Quintett
  • Running Time: 41 min. 15 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Form: Chamber Music
  • Written: circa 1879

>Bruckner, Anton : Intermezzo for String Quintet in D minor, WAB 113
  • Ensemble: Bartholdy Quintett
  • Running Time: 9 min. 16 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Written: circa 1879