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Grieg, Schumann: String Quartets / Petersen Quartett

Album Summary

>Grieg, Edvard : Quartet for Strings no 1 in G minor, Op. 27
>Grieg, Edvard : Quartet for Strings no 2 in F major, EG 117 (incomplete)
>Schumann, Robert : Quartet for Strings no 1 in A minor, Op. 41/1
Composers

Notes & Reviews:

Gramophone Classical Music Guide
Since Grieg owed much to Schumann, coupling their quartets seems a good idea. These G minor and A minor Quartets were written when the composers were in their thirties, although Grieg was a few years older. Yet it's his work that sounds more youthfully passionate, while the Schumann is a rather self-conscious homage to his friend Mendelssohn and classical models. The Petersens invest the Grieg G minor Quartet with gravitas and are skilful in linking the disparate sections of its structure. Their recording has a natural balance and an impressively wide dynamic rang; it also copes well with Grieg's forceful, semi-orchestral string writing.

The whole performance has vigour and tenderness in good proportion, and a truly Scandinavian feeling. The unfinished F major Quartet is another sensitive performance and the work sounds no more incomplete than Schubert's Unfinished Symphony.

The Schumann is no less enjoyable; the artists are fully inside his idiom and make a consistently beautiful and meaningful sound. The Shanghai Quartet's brightly lit account of the Mendelssohn suggests a rich store of interpretative potential. Theirs is a sizzling, multi-coloured performance. The Grieg coupling is, if anything, even finer, with an Allegro molto first movement that truly is ed agitato, a warming Romanze and a superbly characterised Intermezzo. It's richly recorded.



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Works Details

>Grieg, Edvard : Quartet for Strings no 1 in G minor, Op. 27
  • Running Time: 32 min. 18 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Form: Chamber Music
  • Written: 1877-1878

>Grieg, Edvard : Quartet for Strings no 2 in F major, EG 117 (incomplete)
  • Running Time: 18 min. 9 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Form: Chamber Music
  • Written: 1891

>Schumann, Robert : Quartet for Strings no 1 in A minor, Op. 41/1
  • Running Time: 23 min. 20 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Form: Chamber Music
  • Written: 1842