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    Quote Originally Posted by MarkW View Post
    Wagner: Piano Quntet on Tunes from Meyerbeer (just joking)
    Have you Wagner's wonderful 'Klezmer Quartet'?
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    Nice theads these of the string quartets, alway something new pops up.
    I listen mostly to chamber music and instrumental concerts and for me the "base" of
    string quartets are Beethoven, they are masterly and on that time they where modern.
    I´m also a big fan of Shostakovich music so I must propose the quartets from him.
    But recently I´ve been listening a lot to Griegs string quartet Opus 27 which I fall in love to, I streamed all of them to compare,
    but the Emerson quartet on Deutsche gramophone is the one in my ears, the quartet itself is very romantic and with a lot
    of influences from scandinavian ( or Norwegian) folksongs, it´s the number one record for me this month.

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    The genre is vast, as is the number of scintillating recs.

    Four for your consideration.


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    Quote Originally Posted by Captainnumber36 View Post
    Is quickly becoming my favorite genre to listen to. I would love to hear some recommendations on noteworthy works to check out, and particular versions if you have a suggestion.


    I'll start with Bettina's favorite, Beethoven's SQ no 14:

    Op 131 is a piece of music I've tried to get to know better through listening to lots of different performances. There are several recorded performances which mean a lot to me, with music of this calibre, where the most imaginative quartets have given their best, it's not surprising that there are a lot of very stimulating CDs. One is a very early one from the Calvert String Quartet, maybe the first ever recording. Others I think are really exceptional are the first Juilliard, on Testament; The Vlach Quartet; The Smetana Quartet's second recording on Denon; The Peterson Quartet; The Ébène Quartet.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Mandryka View Post
    Op 131 is a piece of music I've tried to get to know better through listening to lots of different performances. There are several recorded performances which mean a lot to me, with music of this calibre, where the most imaginative quartets have given their best, it's not surprising that there are a lot of very stimulating CDs. One is a very early one from the Calvert String Quartet, maybe the first ever recording. Others I think are really exceptional are the first Juilliard, on Testament; The Vlach Quartet; The Smetana Quartet's second recording on Denon; The Peterson Quartet; The Ébène Quartet.
    Ever heard this one? The second short second movement is divine in full orchestration and you can tell Bernstein agrees:


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    The main course .
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    Don't miss Brahms' chamber works. A true master of the genre. All of them are worth hearing.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Heliogabo View Post
    Don't miss Brahms' chamber works. A true master of the genre. All of them are worth hearing.
    See page one.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Heliogabo View Post
    Don't miss Brahms' chamber works. A true master of the genre. All of them are worth hearing.
    Checking out Sonata no. 2 for Clarinet and Piano.

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    Some Mozart belongs on the menu.
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    The appealing thing about chamber music is that it fits in my living room.

    What I am trying to say is a chamber work takes place on a sound stage about the same size as the physical arrangement would take up, and so the feeling that folks are playing music for you is very very genuine. Because of that I find the intimacy is very real and very present.

    When I hear the completion of a chamber work, in my living room, I often feel like saying thank you.

    A symphony or concerto, beautiful as it may be, is so much physically bigger than the sound stage of my living room, and so there is a cognitive dissonance there. How can all these sounds fit in here. It feels, as a result, a bit synthetic, a bit impersonal, like watching a movie at home.

    I did not notice this until I started listening to chamber works and wondered why it felt so... so right, so appropriate, so cozy, almost like hausmusik.

    OK I am a nerd, I admit it.
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    And some Beethoven.
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    Before dessert .
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    Quote Originally Posted by Tallisman View Post
    Ever heard this one? The second short second movement is divine in full orchestration and you can tell Bernstein agrees.
    I respectfully disagree. The music is divine of course, but to me this is a kind of transcription. As if one were to write it out for flute and oboe. Its nice, but the original is nicer.

    The four voices, and the simulacrum of power created by the four voices, is to me much more exciting than the actual power taking this piece to the whole orchestra. Its an interesting experiment, but not my favorite.
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    Quote Originally Posted by TurnaboutVox View Post
    Your wish is my command.

    also:

    Anton Webern
    Two Pieces for Cello and Piano (1899)
    Langsamer Satz for string quartet (1905)
    String Quartet (1905)
    Five Movements for String Quartet, op. 5 (1909)
    Six Bagatelles for String Quartet, op. 9 (1911–13)
    Sonata for Cello and Piano (1914)
    Three Small Pieces for Cello and Piano, op. 11 (1914)
    String Quartet, op. 28

    Gyorgy Kurtag
    String Quartet, Op. 1, 1959.
    Jelek ["Signs"], Op. 5 (viola), 1961, rev. 1992.
    Jelek, Op. 5b (cello), 1961-99
    Hommage à Mihály András - 12 Microludes, Op. 13 (string quartet) (1977-8)
    … quasi una fantasia…, Op. 27/1 (piano, cello, and 2 chamber ensembles), 1987-88.
    Officium breve in memoriam Andreae Szervánszky (string quartet) - (1988-9)
    Ligatura: Message to Frances-Marie (The Answered Unanswered Question), Op. 31b, (cello [2 bows]/2 cellos, 2 violins, and celesta), 1989.
    Jelek, játékok és ü:zenetek ["Signs, Games, and Messages"] (violin, viola, cello, and double bass, in various combinations), 1989-.
    6 Moments musicaux, (string quartet) (2005)


    are some favourite chamber works of mine.
    Absolutely for the Webern works listed here. And also the Kurtag, a composer deserving of wider recognition. Nicely done, TurnaboutVox.

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