Bax's 2nd quartet was written between 1924 and 1925 and it was first performed by the New Philharmonic Quartet on London on 15th March 1927. It's a more adventurous and difficult work than it's predecessor and contrasts awkwardly with the 1st quartet. It's never gained the popularity of the 1st...
During his lifetime, Friedrich Gernsheim was a composer who was held in the highest regard by colleagues and critics. Brahms was especially complimentary about his works but his music fell out of favour. It has been suggested by some that being Jewish and having his music officially banned...
Some of Shostakovich's String Quartets, with which I am currently obsessed, bear the marks of klezmer, and/or gypsy melodies and rhythms. Besides SQs from names like Schnittke or Bartok, which other composers have drawn from folk/klezmer music?
Recordings of this work
Berlin Philharmonia Quartet
Unfortunately I haven't been able to listen to the OOP recordings by the Keller and Joachim Quartets. However, I have been able to listen to the last few on...
About a month ago I ordered a copy of the Shostakovich Quartets by the Borodin Quartet (Original Members) on Chandos after reading some positive comments. In the space of a few days I listened to it back to front a number of times, ordered a copy of his Symphonies, and became well and truly...
I have a melody stuck in my head which I am 100% certain is Dvorák, from one of his string quartets or quintets. Been searching the web/YouTube for days but haven't had time to go through every movement of every piece as YouTube generally does not list separate movements. Even contacted some...
I was interested in getting some expert options on the bets recordings of Elliott Carter's complete String Quartets after seeing an interview where Frank Zappa said they were some of his favourite works of classical music.
I was looking at a recording by Juilliard String Quartet of the complete...
I consider expanding my collection with a set of Bethoven's String Quartets. I've looked to several sets so far:
Alban Berg Quartet (Warner Classic)
Artemis Quartet (Erato)
Tokyo String Quartet (RCA)
Tokyo String Quartet (Harmonia Mundi)
Is there any performance you find especially good...