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    Krzysztof Meyer has written 15 string quartets many recorded on Naxos by the Wieniawski String Quartet.

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    15 String Quartets

    No. 1, Op. 8 (1963)
    No. 2, Op. 23 (1969)
    No. 3, Op. 27 (1971)
    No. 4, Op. 33 (1974)
    No. 5, Op. 42 (1977)
    No. 6, Op. 51 (1981)
    No. 7, Op. 65 (1985)
    No. 8, Op. 67 (1985)
    No. 9, Op. 74 (1990)
    No. 10, Op. 82 (1994)
    No. 11, Op. 95 (2001)
    No. 12, Op. 103 (2005)
    No. 13, Op. 113 (2010)
    No. 14, Op. 122 (2014)
    No. 15, Op. 131 (2017)
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    Dobrzyński, Ignacy Feliks (1807 – 1867)
    Elsner, Józef (1769 - 1854)
    Fuchs, Robert (1847 - 1927)
    Gernsheim, Friedrich (1839 – 1916)
    Gretchaninov, Alexander (1864 - 1956)
    Hummel, Johann Nepomuk (1778 – 1837)
    Lessel, Franciszek (1780 - 1838)
    Melartin, Erkki (1875 – 1937)
    Noskowski, Zygmunt (1846 - 1909)
    Paganini, Niccolò (1782 - 1840)
    Perosi, Lorenzo (1872 – 1956)
    Reinecke, Carl (1824 - 1910)
    Rheinberger, Josef (1839 – 1901)
    Sibelius, Jean (1865 – 1957)
    Stenhammar, Wilhelm (1871 – 1927)
    Żeleński, Władysław (1837 – 1921)

    Each of these composers composed at least 3 quartets. Most quartets were composed by Paganini - 22 and by Perosi - 18.
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    I am perhaps what might be termed a “string quartet junkie”. Over many years I have searched out and acquired a large library of strings quartets on compact disc. Many of them by composers who are not well known.

    Here are just a few by composers that I especially enjoy.

    Argiel
    Burgmuller
    Czerny
    Eybler
    F. Fesca
    Herzogenberg
    Kozeluh
    Molique
    Raff
    Reicha
    Ries
    Rheinberger
    Rubinstein
    Rott
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    Quote Originally Posted by joen_cph View Post
    Yeah, the cycles by

    Villa Lobos, Malipiero, Ginastera, Weinberg/Vainberg, and Carl Nielsen

    are among those I enjoy a lot too ... a lot of fresh and varied music in those cycles. Except Weinberg, they are all available in fine budget recordings. Ginastera has one quartet with a soprano.

    Janacek's two are in my absolute, chosen top tier. The Hagen Quartet recording is the most expressive you'll hear.
    Glad to know that the two Janacek quartets are tops for you. I listened to them over and over after first hearing them many years ago.
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    Ernst Toch quartets available on CPO
    "In the beginning there was noise. And the noise begat rhythm. And the rhythm begat everything else." - Mickey Hart

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    Am I missing something? Some of the major major bodies of work for the string quartet came from

    Bohuslav Martinů
    Vagn Holmboe
    Grazyna Bacewicz
    Andrzej Panufnik
    Aulis Sallinen

    Has anyone mentioned these?? Or are they part of the furniture, as it were?

    There is a single, wonderful quartet by Vítězslava Kaprálová, a very fine work indeed.

    And going back in time to another who died tragically young, Juan Arriaga composed three fabulous quartets before dying just short of his 20th birthday.
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    Quote Originally Posted by CnC Bartok View Post
    Am I missing something? Some of the major major bodies of work for the string quartet came from

    Bohuslav Martinů
    Vagn Holmboe
    Grazyna Bacewicz
    Andrzej Panufnik
    Aulis Sallinen

    Has anyone mentioned these?? Or are they part of the furniture, as it were?
    I have both CPO orchestral boxes by Sallinen, and Panufnik but I was not aware of their quartets. I listen to the Bacewicz quartets on Naxos. And there are the Vasks quartets. Merl mentioned them in his blog.
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    Louis Spohr wrote 36 string quartets. I have only heard a couple. But that's a lot of quartets.
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    Onslow had even more, also the Lachners have a bunch between them, I am not sure if all of them have been recorded. I heard a few of Spohr and Onslow but I tended to prefer their mixed/larger ensemble chamber music. Even Donizetti has about 16 early quartets that have been recorded for cpo.
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    Quote Originally Posted by starthrower View Post
    I have both CPO orchestral boxes by Sallinen, and Panufnik but I was not aware of their quartets. I listen to the Bacewicz quartets on Naxos. And there are the Vasks quartets. Merl mentioned them in his blog.
    There are three Panufnik quartets, and they are pretty thorny and intense, but I like his sound world, and found them quite powerful. As to Sallinen, I believe he's composed more than the first five recorded about 20 years ago on Ondine. Again, if you're familiar with the Symphonies, you'll know what sort of thing to expect. No.3 is actually quite well-known, a set of variations on a Finnish folk tune, and an impossibly long subtitle!

    Edit: there is a sixth quartet now, from 2014. Haven't heard it, sorry.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Radames View Post
    Louis Spohr wrote 36 string quartets. I have only heard a couple. But that's a lot of quartets.
    Yes, Spohr must have composed all day, every day. Apart from his numerous string quartets, Spohr wrote :A number of string quintets, Double Quintets, piano trios, a string sextet, nonet, septet, piano quintet, quintet for piano & strings, violin concertos, clarinet concertos, symphonies, concerto for string quartet and orchestra, concertos for violin, harp and orchestra.

    I am a big admirer of his works, and have almost all of them in my cd collection.

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    For the last month I've listened too all
    Of Schoenberg's Quartets and now I'm
    In the process of trying to locate my
    Peter Maxwell Davies Naxos series
    So far I've found the first two disc...
    My cd collection is in three different
    Places..but I'm working on it and enjoying every minute of it.

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