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First Steps

Audio Samples

>Bruckner, Anton : Rondo for string quartet in C minor
>Britten, Benjamin : Quartet for Strings in F major
>Puccini, Giacomo : Quartet for Strings in D major
>Grieg, Edvard : Fugue for string quartet in F minor, EG 114
>Rachmaninov, Sergei : Quartet for Strings no 1, TN ii/30 (Romance & Scherzo, other 2 mvts. lost)
>Webern, Anton : Langsamer Satz for String Quartet, M 78
>Schoenberg, Arnold : Presto, for string quartet in C major

Album Summary

>Bruckner, Anton : Rondo for string quartet in C minor
>Britten, Benjamin : Quartet for Strings in F major
>Puccini, Giacomo : Quartet for Strings in D major
>Grieg, Edvard : Fugue for string quartet in F minor, EG 114
>Rachmaninov, Sergei : Quartet for Strings no 1, TN ii/30 (Romance & Scherzo, other 2 mvts. lost)
>Webern, Anton : Langsamer Satz for String Quartet, M 78
>Schoenberg, Arnold : Presto, for string quartet in C major
Composers

Notes & Reviews:

Can Webern and Schoenberg sound like Mahler and Wagner? Or Rachmaninov like Tchaikovsky and Puccini like Verdi? Discover these surprising early works of famous composers. All are engaged in their quest for musical identity, as none were yet celebrated like they would be later. This new CD from the Ruysdael Quartet features six stunning quartet miniatures as well as the remarkable Quartet in F major by Benjamin Britten, written when the composer was only 13 years old. The compositions on 'First Steps' are hardly ever performed, and are put together for the first time on this unique album.

Notes & Reviews:

Recording information: MCO Studio 1, Hilversum, The Netherlands (04/11/2006-04/13/2006).



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Works Details

>Bruckner, Anton : Rondo for string quartet in C minor
  • Notes: MCO Studio 1, Hilversum, The Netherlands (04/11/2006-04/13/2006)
  • Running Time: 5 min. 43 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Form: Chamber Music
  • Written: 08/15/1862

>Britten, Benjamin : Quartet for Strings in F major
  • Notes: MCO Studio 1, Hilversum, The Netherlands (04/11/2006-04/13/2006)
  • Running Time: 21 min. 3 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Form: Chamber Music
  • Written: 1928

>Puccini, Giacomo : Quartet for Strings in D major
  • Notes: MCO Studio 1, Hilversum, The Netherlands (04/11/2006-04/13/2006)
  • Running Time: 8 min. 11 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Form: Chamber Music
  • Written: circa 1880-1883

>Grieg, Edvard : Fugue for string quartet in F minor, EG 114
  • Notes: MCO Studio 1, Hilversum, The Netherlands (04/11/2006-04/13/2006)
  • Running Time: 3 min. 25 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Written: 1861

>Rachmaninov, Sergei : Quartet for Strings no 1, TN ii/30 (Romance & Scherzo, other 2 mvts. lost)
  • Notes: MCO Studio 1, Hilversum, The Netherlands (04/11/2006-04/13/2006)
  • Running Time: 11 min. 46 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Form: Chamber Music
  • Written: 1889

>Webern, Anton : Langsamer Satz for String Quartet, M 78
  • Notes: MCO Studio 1, Hilversum, The Netherlands (04/11/2006-04/13/2006)
  • Running Time: 9 min. 55 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Written: 1905

>Schoenberg, Arnold : Presto, for string quartet in C major
  • Notes: MCO Studio 1, Hilversum, The Netherlands (04/11/2006-04/13/2006)
  • Running Time: 6 min. 28 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Form: Chamber Music