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Haydn & Schumann: String Quartets / Elias Quartet

Audio Samples

>Haydn, Franz Joseph : Quartet for Strings in E flat major, Op. 64 no 6/H 3 no 64
>Schumann, Robert : Quartet for Strings no 1 in A minor, Op. 41/1
>Word, Spoken : Spoken introduction to the performance of Donald Grant's Lament for Mulroy
>Grant, Donald [Violin] : Lament for Mulroy, for string quartet

Album Summary

>Haydn, Franz Joseph : Quartet for Strings in E flat major, Op. 64 no 6/H 3 no 64
>Schumann, Robert : Quartet for Strings no 1 in A minor, Op. 41/1
>Word, Spoken : Spoken introduction to the performance of Donald Grant's Lament for Mulroy
>Grant, Donald [Violin] : Lament for Mulroy, for string quartet
Ensemble Composers

Notes & Reviews:

The Elias String Quartet returns to Wigmore Hall Live with a much anticipated disc of Haydn and Schumann, recorded live in concert, September 2010.

Formed at the Royal Northern College of Music in 1998, the ensemble quickly became established among the leading quartets performing internationally today, and is now supported by the prestigious Wigmore Hall Emerging Talent scheme. Widely praised for the vibrancy and intensity of its performances, the quartet has received particular critical acclaim for recent recordings, and in April 2010 its disc of Mendelssohn, Mozart and Schubert on the Wigmore Hall Live label [WGMR 28] received the BBC Music Magazine Newcomer Award.

The Independent
It's a fascinating programme: the Haydn features a dazzling presto finale brimming with theatrical gaiety and virtuoso flair, while the Schumann is explored with marvellous collective vigour and sensitivity - the pulsing drive of both the scherzo and the finale disguising the deft lightness of the bowing.

American Record Guide, September / October 2012
This is a concert that the Elias Quartet played in London's Wigmore Hall on September 12, 2010. The young British ensemble has been winning awards since 2005 and seems to be making a career by playing the chestnuts of the string quartet literature. They are all excellent players, and, thanks to excellent teaching and coaching, they have the mechanics of string quartet playing down.

BBC Music Magazine, August 2012
A keen feeling for musical character, immaculate ensemble, lively articulation and just the right degree of vibration to ensure both warmth and clarity of sound...the Elias genuinely catch the ardent waywardness of Schumann spirit. They also make something mesmeric of the sudden, still, drone-based episode near the end of the rustic-style finale.

Gramophone Magazine, October 2012
Slender tone, soft, delicate and withdrawn greets you at the start of Schumann's first Quartet, the Introduzione played Andante espressivo as instructed. The Elias String Quartet observe the metronome marking ((as they do in the other movements too) but there isn't a hint of rigidity...the Elias make their points and there is no lack of variety in mood.

Sunday Times, 3rd June 2012
They make a beautiful sound, burnished yet translucent, and play with vigour and subtlety. On the strength of these performances, I find their fluid, yielding style more suited to Schumann than to Haydn...The Schumann is a delight.

Notes & Reviews:

Recording information: Wigmore Hall, London, England (09/12/2010).



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Works Details

>Haydn, Franz Joseph : Quartet for Strings in E flat major, Op. 64 no 6/H 3 no 64
  • Ensemble: Elias String Quartet
  • Running Time: 18 min. 3 sec.
  • Period Time: Classical
  • Form: Chamber Music
  • Written: 1790
  • Studio/Live: Live

>Schumann, Robert : Quartet for Strings no 1 in A minor, Op. 41/1
  • Running Time: 27 min. 14 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Form: Chamber Music
  • Written: 1842
  • Studio/Live: Live

>Word, Spoken : Spoken introduction to the performance of Donald Grant's Lament for Mulroy
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Studio/Live: Live

>Grant, Donald [Violin] : Lament for Mulroy, for string quartet
  • Running Time: 5 min. 37 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Studio/Live: Live