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The London String Quartet: 1917-1951 Recordings. Beethoven, Bloch, Brahms, Bridge [8 CDs]

> String Quartet No. 12 in C minor, D. 703, "Quartettsatz" - String Quartet No. 12 in C minor, D. 703, "Quartettsatz"
> String Quartet in E minor, Op. 83 - I. Allegro moderato
> String Quartet in E minor, Op. 83 - II. Piacevole (poco andante)
> String Quartet in E minor, Op. 83 - III. Allegro molto
> 3 Idylls - No. 1. Adagio molto espressivo
> 3 Idylls - No. 2. Allegretto poco lento
> 3 Idylls - No. 3. Allegro con moto
> An Irish Melody, "Londonderry Air" - An Irish Melody, "Londonderry Air"
> String Quartet in A minor - String Quartet in A minor: IV. Retrospection
> Susanna (Oh! Susanna) (arr. for string quartet) - Susanna (Oh! Susanna) (arr. for string quartet)
> Gwine to run all night (De Camptown Races) (arr. for string quartet) - Gwine to run all night (De Camptown Races) (arr. for string quartet)
> Old Folks at Home (arr. for string quartet) - Old Folks at Home (arr. for string quartet)
> Laura Lee (arr. for string quartet) - Laura Lee (arr. for string quartet)
> Beautiful Dreamer (arr. for string quartet) - Beautiful Dreamer (arr. for string quartet)
> Gentle Annie (arr. for string quartet) - Gentle Annie (arr. for string quartet)
> Jeanie with the Light Brown Hair (arr. for string quartet) - Jeanie with the Light Brown Hair (arr. for string quartet)
> Old Black Joe (Poor Old Joe) (arr. for string quartet) - Old Black Joe (Poor Old Joe) (arr. for string quartet)

Notes & Reviews:

The year 2010 marked a century since the London String Quartet, known affectionately as the LSQ, gave its first concerts. Britain's leading chamber ensemble for two decades, it was equally well known in America. In 1925 leading American critic Olin Downes hailed 'the finest quartet playing that has been heard this Winter in New York'. The LSQ gave many premières, made myriad records and at different times included Albert Sammons and William Primrose. That almost no trace of the group remained in the catalogs in its centenary year was sad. The five programs performed at the Library of Congress from 1943 to 1951, issued here for the first time, inevitably give a better idea of the LSQ's capabilities: for one thing, they are played straight through, before a sympathetic audience, rather than being done in a sterile studio by the old stop-start 78rpm method.



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