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    Default Lesser known quartet composers

    Many of my favorite quartets were written by composers who're either relatively obscure, or just not particularly known for their quartets.

    Schnittke
    Szymanowski
    Janacek
    Prokofiev
    Schulhoff
    Honegger
    Myaskovsky
    Hindemith

    These are some examples.

    I'd love to hear some more lesser known quartet composer reccomendations from you all!

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    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.
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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.
    aaah yes I love Ginastera's, his first especially. It's basically just... a 7th Bartok quartet haha. I love Villa-Lobos and Nielsen's orchestral works, I'll have to look into their quartets.

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    I think the Janacek are too famous (deservedly so) for such a list...

    Ives and K.A. Hartmann (2 each)

    Hugo Wolf: A very bold quartet from the 1880s, maybe the most daring between late Beethoven and Reger/Schoenberg

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    A Weinberg quartet was the topic of discussion in the Weekly Quartet thread a while ago. That was insanely good, this thread reminds me to go back and listen to some of that stuff again. Easily on par with Shosty.

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    I agree with you about Prokofiev and Janacek (& especially Prokofiev's two SQs, which deserve to be a lot better known than they are), plus several others, too. Some of my own picks would be,

    --Charles Koechlin (pronounced Ké-kla): who composed three string quartets. I especially like his first quartet, which has grown on me with each new listen, and presently, I'd consider it to be one of the finest quartets of the French "impressionist" era:


    https://www.earsense.org/chamber-mus...%3D1%26rc%3D24

    --Koechlin, String Quartet No. 3, Op 72: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SnEb...XWHPd0&index=5

    --Joonas Kokkonen: who likewise composed three string quartets. Each quartet is excellent & underrated (although it could take several listens to appreciate this music). I may slightly prefer his No. 3, at least, at the moment, & especially its third movement:

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ueyA...7IKs9E&index=2
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mhs1...7IKs9E&index=1
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Wefp...7IKs9E&index=6

    --Peteris Vasks: who, to date, has composed five string quartets (the first three being more or less experimental): https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=a-A04aJ-vHQ. I especially like Vasks' No. 4, as performed by the Navaara String Quartet:



    --John Harbison: who has composed five quartets to date, if I'm not mistaken. I particularly like Harbison's first four quartets, as performed by the Lydian Quartet: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Aptw...dNWNV-YbdRkMJE

    --Vincent Persichetti: The Lydians have also recorded Persichetti's four quartets: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pwGk...y_p3jbPIKZ9S88, along with,

    --William Schuman's String Quartets nos. 2, 3, & 5 for Harmonia Mundi, which I'd also consider underrated: http://www.lydianquartet.com/recordi...-nos-2-3-and-5).

    --John McCabe: I've recently discovered McCabe's remarkable String Quartet No. 7 "Summer Eaves", as performed by the Carducci Quartet: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZOCl...9b3-Zo&index=2, and would like to hear more quartets by him.

    https://www.amazon.com/Into-Ravine-D...s=music&sr=1-1

    The following "In Flander's Fields"--vol. 2 CD of French "Impressionist" influenced string quartets by Belgian composers, Godfried Devreese and Prosper van Eechaute is worth checking out:

    --Devreese, String Quartet (1925): https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Gw8GSpFmXD4
    --Eechaute, String Quartet No. 1, "à la mémoire de Maurice Ravel" (1933): https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MOwRzXiJlsA

    The 6 string quartets by Joseph-Guy Ropartz and the sole quartet by Alberic Magnard are worth hearing, too:

    --Ropartz, String Quartet No. 6:https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gits...yHq3I&index=10
    --Magnard, String Quartet: https://www.earsense.org/chamber-mus...e-minor-Op-16/

    Looking further back in music history, I consider Luigi Cherubini's string quartets to be underrated, as well: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mO3F...lJJlO4CHrcf2l4
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    Rochberg isn't a household name, yet his 3rd string quartet is among the greatest ever written.

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    Roberto Gerhard
    Scelsi
    Per Norgard
    Ernst Krenek
    Egon Wellesz
    Karl Hartmann
    "In the beginning there was noise. And the noise begat rhythm. And the rhythm begat everything else." - Mickey Hart

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    Great suggestions so far. I would also add Hans Werner Henze (five between 1947 and 1977) and Paul Dessau (seven between 1932 and 1975). Both cycles were recorded for Wergo and cpo respectively.
    '...a violator of his word, a libertine over head and ears in debt and disgrace, a despiser of domestic ties, the companion of gamblers and demireps, a man who has just closed half a century without a single claim on the gratitude of his country or the respect of posterity...' - Leigh Hunt on the Prince Regent (later George IV).

    ὃν οἱ θεοὶ φιλοῦσιν ἀποθνῄσκει νέος [Those whom the gods love die young] - Menander

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    Zemlinsky is probably well known these days.
    For other late romantics also Reger (5+ a very early one) and Pfitzner (4). Dohnanyi (3) is more accessible than these other two although his piano quintets and mixed sextet are better, I think. There are also 3 by Korngold but I have only heard one and was not sufficiently enticed to get the others.

    For early/mid 19th century romantic classicists, both Spohr and Onslow wrote a lot of them and it might be worth checking out a sample (I think Naxos and cpo have at least a selection). A bit more romantic (between Beethoven and Schumann) is Robert Volkmann (6, cpo)

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    Since no-one mentioned Cherubini...oh, and Gubaidulina and Peter Maxwell Davies!
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    Quote Originally Posted by Kjetil Heggelund View Post
    Since no-one mentioned Cherubini...oh, and Gubaidulina and Peter Maxwell Davies!
    I mentioned Cherubini's string quartets favorably, as "underrated".

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    I think Jos et al have covered everyone I was going to mention. Great suggestions, folks

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    I'll second (or third, or whatever) Nielsen.

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    Not mentioned yet: Ben Johnston (1926-2019), for me one of the main finds of recent years. From wiki: Johnston's compositional style is eclectic. He uses serial processes, folk song idioms (string quartets 4, 5, and 10), repetitive processes, traditional forms like fugue and variations, and intuitive processes.

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