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Weekly quartet. Just a music lover perspective.

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I love string music and just following another forum friend example am going to dedicate every day of the week time enough to listen quietly a string quartet. I will google for info about the particular opus and post any important info that I found, specially performers interview and so on..

Anyone wanting to join is welcome, just maintaining the perspective stated in the post title. You will probably will find here emotions, personal points of view and so on. If you are a professional, you'll probably will not find the info useful, the only purpose of this entertainment is to increase music enjoyment by knowing a little better the music to listen.

In this thread you will find the activity coordination info. Anyone wanting to participate just post an answer. Quartet selection will be made in order of "appearance".

For the first week, beginning on February, 24 I'll select the first quartet: Beethoven, String Quartet 14, opus 131. Will open the thread tomorrow Sunday.

Vicente Vida

Talk Classical String Quartet Thread
(quartet of the week in large font)

Abrahamsen - String Quartet No. 4
Ades - The Four Quarters
Alwyn - String Quartet No. 3
Arensky - String Quartet No. 1
Arensky - String Quartet No. 2 in A Minor, Op. 35/35a
Arnold - String Quartet No. 2
Arriaga - String Quartet No. 2
Bacewicz - String Quartet No 4
Bach - Art of Fugue
Barber - String Quartet
Bartók - String Quartet No. 3
Bartók - String Quartet No. 4
Bartók - String Quartet No. 5
Bax - String Quartet No. 1
Beach - Quartet for Strings in One Movement, Op. 89
Beethoven - String Quartet No. 1

Beethoven - String Quartet No. 7 "Razumovsky 1"
Beethoven - String Quartet No. 11
Beethoven - String Quartet No. 12
Beethoven - String Quartet No. 13
Beethoven - String Quartet No. 14
Beethoven - String Quartet No. 15
Beethoven - String Quartet No. 16
Berg - Lyric Suite
Birtwistle - The Tree of Strings
Borodin - String Quartet No. 2
Brahms - String Quartet No. 1
Brahms - String Quartet No. 2
Bretón - String Quartet No. 3
Bridge - String Quartet No. 2
Britten - String Quartet No. 1
Britten - String Quartet No. 2

Britten - String Quartet No. 3
Bruch - String Quartet No.2
Busoni - String Quartet No.2
Cage - String Quartet in Four Parts
Carter - String Quartet no 1
Carter - String Quartet No. 3
Cerha - String Quartet No. 2
Cherubini - String Quartet No. 1
Chin, U. - ParaMetaString
Coates, G. - String Quartet No. 9

Crawford Seeger - String Quartet
Crumb - Black Angels
Czerny - String Quartet in D Minor
Davies, Peter Maxwell - Naxos String Quartet No. 3
Debussy - String Quartet in G Minor
Dohnányi - String Quartet No. 2
Dusapin - String Quartet No. 5
Dusapin - String Quartet No. 7 "OpenTime"
Dutilleux - Ainsi La Nuit
Dvořák - String Quartet No. 12 "American"
Dvořák - String Quartet No. 13
Dvořák - String Quartet No. 14
van Eechaute - String Quartet No. 1 "à la mémoire de Maurice Ravel"
Elgar - String Quartet in E Minor
Fauré - String Quartet in E Minor
Ferneyhough - String Quartet No. 6
Franck - String Quartet in D Major
Frank - Quijotidas
Gade - String Quartet in E Minor
Gerhard - String Quartet No. 2
Gernsheim - String Quartet No. 3 in F Major, Op. 51
Ginastera - String Quartet No. 2
Glazunov - String Quartet No. 5 in d minor, Op. 70
Gliere - String Quartet No. 2 in G minor, Op. 20

Grieg - String Quartet No. 1
Gubaidulina - String Quartet No. 1
Harvey - String Quartet No.4 with Live Electronics
Haydn - String Quartet in G Minor, Op. 20/3
Haydn - String Quartet in F Minor, Op. 20/5
Haydn - String Quartet in C major, Op. 33/3 "Bird"/"Vogel"
Haydn - String Quartet in F sharp minor, Op. 50/4
Haydn - String Quartet Op.76, #2 "Fifths"
Haydn - String Quartet Op. 76, #4 "Sunrise"
Hillborg - Kongsgaard Variations

Hindemith - String Quartet No. 4
Holmboe - String Quartet No. 4
Holmboe - String Quartet No. 15
Honegger - String Quartet No. 2
Honegger - String Quartet No. 3
Husa - String Quartet No. 4 "Poems"
Ives - String Quartet No. 2
Janacek - String Quartet No. 1 'Kreutzer Sonata'
Janacek - String Quartet No. 2 'Intimate Letters'
Johnston - String Quartet No. 4 "Amazing Grace"
Kagel - String Quartet No.2
Koechlin - String Quartet No. 1
Kokkonen - String Quartet No. 3
Korngold - String Quartet No. 2
Kurtág - Six Moments Musicaux for String Quartet
Lachenmann - Gran Torso
Lachenmann - Reigen seliger Geister (Round Dance of the Blessed Spirits)
Langgaard - String Quartet No. 4
Lavista - String Quartet No. 4 "Sinfonías"
Ligeti - String Quartet No. 1 “Métamorphoses nocturnes”
Ligeti - String Quartet No. 2
Lutosławski - String Quartet
Malipiero - String Quartet No. 1 "Rispetti e strambotti"
Martinů - String Quartet No. 7 "Concerto da camera"
Mathias - String Quartet No. 1
Fanny Mendelssohn - String Quartet in E Flat Major
Felix Mendelssohn - String Quartet No. 2 in A minor, Op. 13
Felix Mendelssohn - String Quartet No. 3 in D major, op. 44-1
Felix Mendelssohn - String Quartet No. 4 in E minor, Op. 44-2
Felix Mendelssohn - String Quartet No. 6 in F minor, Op. 80
Milhaud - String Quartet No. 1
Moeran - String Quartet No. 1
Mosolov - String Quartet No. 1
Mozart - String Quartet No. 14 "Spring"

Mozart - String Quartet No. 19 "Dissonance"
Mozart - String Quartet No. 20 in D major K. 499 "Hoffmeister"
Mozart - String Quartet No. 22 in Bb K. 589
Myaskovsky - String Quartet No. 13 in A minor, Op. 86
Nielsen - String Quartet No. 3
Nordheim - String Quartet (1956)
Penderecki - String Quartet No. 3 "Leaves of an Unwritten Diary"
Pleyel - String Quartet in G Major, B. 332
Prokofiev - String Quartet No. 2 "Kabardinian"
Ran - String Quartet No. 3 "Glitter, Doom, Shards, Memory"
Ravel - String Quartet in F Major
Reger - String Quartet No. 1
Reger - String Quartet No. 4
Rihm - Et Lux for String Quartet and Vocals
Rubbra - String Quartet No. 3
Saariaho - Nymphéa (Jardin Secret III) for String Quartet and Live Electronics
Schnittke - String Quartet No. 2
Schnittke - String Quartet No. 3
Schönberg - String Quartet No. 2 in F-sharp minor, Op. 10
Schoenberg - String Quartet No. 4
Schubert - String Quartet No 4 D46
Schubert - String Quartet No. 13 "Rosamunde"
Schubert - String Quartet No. 14 in D Minor "Death and the Maiden"
Schubert - String Quartet No. 15
Schulhoff - String Quartet No. 1
Schuman - String Quartet No. 5

Schumann - String Quartet No. 1
Schumann - String Quartet No. 3 in A Major, Op. 41/3
Shostakovich - String Quartet No. 2
Shostakovich - String Quartet No. 3
Shostakovich - String Quartet No. 4
Shostakovich - String Quartet No. 5
Shostakovich - String Quartet No. 8
Shostakovich - String Quartet No. 12
Sibelius - String Quartet in D Minor "Voces Intimae"
Silvestrov - String Quartet No. 1
Simpson - String Quartet No. 1
Smetana - String Quartet No. 1 "From My Life"
Spohr - String Quartet No. 7 n E-Flat major, Op. 29.1
Szymanowski - String Quartet No. 1
Taneyev - String Quartet No. 2 in C major, Op. 5
Tchaikovsky - String Quartet No. 1
Thorvaldsdottir - Enigma
Tippett - String Quartet No. 2
Toch -String Quartet No. 10, Op. 28
Tower - In Memory

Valen - String Quartet No. 2
Vasks - String Quartet No. 4
Vaughan Williams - String Quartet No. 2 in A minor
Verdi - String Quartet in E Minor
Villa Lobos - String Quartet No. 14
Walton - String Quartet No.2 in A-minor
Webern - Fünf Sätze für Streichquartett, Op. 5 ("Five Movements")

Webern - Six Bagatelles for String Quartet
Weinberg - String Quartet No. 6
Wolf - String Quartet in D minor
Wollschleger - String Quartet #2 "White Wall"
Wolpe - String Quartet
Xenakis - Tetras
Zemlinsky - String Quartet No. 4
Zorn - Cat O’ Nine Tails

The schedule for this round (those who had their turn in italics), choices are typically made on Sunday:

The list for this round:
Allegro con Brio
Bwv 1080
Carmina Banana
Kjetil Heggelund
Kreisler jr

Art Rock

Also of interest:
Merl's Blogged String Quartet reviews
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Hope you all can see the video from Norwegian TV...
I can apparently. :)

There's also this on Youtube:

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Nordheim is probably more known for electronic and orchestra music. In Oslo concert house, his music fills the air at intermission with an electronic piece that lasts for 102 years. When I worked at "Rikskonsertene" he called while I was filling in for the woman at the front desk. It sounded like he was flirting with her, but there I was...starstruck!
There is also a recording with the Engegård quartet, that I saw a month ago. It's on YouTube and spotify.
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Nice choice. I know this one from the impressive Engegard recording where its the thin meat in a Bartok and Beethoven sandwich. I've never really listened to it on its own and have tended to ignore it a little as a filler so it will be interesting to see if it stands up on its own (it fits well on the Engegard disc). We'll see. Off to look who else has recorded it, btw.

PS. All 3 recordings (that I'm aware of) are available in Spotify.

Norwegian SQ
Bit20 Ensemble
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Nordheim is a new name to me. Thanks for the pick KH!
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His Tenebrae for cello and orchestra is excellent. Started listening to the quartet now.
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Listening to the Nordheim just now and it definitely does stand on its own as a work. I particularly like the 2nd movement. One ensemble absolutely nails it. An enjoyable quartet.
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Hello! I take you now back to 1956. A young Norwegian composer was about to send his string quartet to a competition in Europe. On the busride to Larvik, he had second thoughts on the ending of the 2nd movement, since it also ended quietly. When he arrived at the postoffice, he opened the enveloped and changed it on the spot. The piece is op. 1 by Arne Nordheim. In the interview at the beginning here, he explains that he thought writing the piece was difficult but that he likes it a lot and says it was an honest work. The piece is traditional, but ends with a slow movement and "sounds like a classic quartet". Hope you all can see the video from Norwegian TV...

Strykekvartett 1956 av Arne Nordheim
Looking forward to it!
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I'm REALLY liking the smoldering intensity of this quartet. Thanks, KH!
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Very enjoyable @Kjetil Heggelund ! Always nice to get to know new music , at least it's a new one for me.
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I really enjoyed the Nordheim. Sounds like a journey into a troubled subconscious, with a hushed tension and quiet intensity suppressing something much larger and more ominous. However, unlike Shostakovich, the composer the work reminded me of the most, there isn't a massive eruption that breaks out; it picks up here and there but that intensity persists. Compelling stuff. I watched the video KH provided in the link. I didn't know Herbert Blomstedt played the viola. :)
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Thank-you all for positive vibes towards the music! I had actually not heard the quartet myself before choosing it, even though Nordheim has been my hero of modern Norwegian music since the dawn of time. I also feel that it resembles Shostakovich no. 8, with the minor second and tranquility in the slow movements. Nordheim wrote his quartet before Shostakovich but of course is a generation younger. The music is pretty light for Nordheim, who later in his life wrote a bit more radical music.
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In Nordheim's SQ, despite a feeling of longing, perhaps longing laden with rue, I don't find anything disheartening, turbulent, nor full of discontent. The whole work is quite lovely actually.

The centerpiece for me is the long, rambling opening movement with a spotlight on the cello, but a mvt. which still has a surprise awaiting before its last gasps. The finale has a dark calm I enjoy.

Very intriguing stuff!

Norwegian Quartet, Bit 20 Ensemble, & Engegård Quartet
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So if you're going to check out the Bit 20 Ensemble rendition of this piece (it's on the Magic Island album), you'll notice that it's nearly at the end, with only one innocuously named track after the quartet: "Response for Organ, Percussion and Tape."

Do yourself a favor and let those last few notes of the quartet drift off into silence... Then let the silence reign for a few seconds as you keep listening with your eyes closed, all the way into that final track...

And then hold on to something because you're about to be instantly transported into the middle of a very haunted house!

(I mean, damn, what a shock. But at the same time it's also kinda great.)

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As I did some catch up on the quartets recently discussed I realized how perfect those choices were for me since they covered such a wide range. Spohr is what I'd call pleasant to the ear and this is not meant to sound disrespectful in any way. It was really a pleasure listening to this piece which of course reminded me of Mozart. Then Gliere, a composer I never heard of before and whose very russian-romantic vibe I just love. The melodies! The atmosphere! Something to dive into deeply and not as easy to grasp as it might seem at first listen. Will definitely check out more. And finally Nordheim, once again unknown territory for me. Needed some time with this but especially the slow movement totally got me. What a joy to get to know such a variety in just three weeks, so thank you all for choosing these works!
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Apologies to both CB and KH as I haven't spent as much time as I would have liked with the last two selections, I haven't been doing much listening at all over the last couple of weeks, other distractions taking up my time.
I did manage to play the Spohr quartet a couple of times but I'm afraid it didn't really float my boat, not that there is anything wrong with it but it lacked a distinctive voice which I look for in new to me quartets.
Nordheim is a composer I know through his fine violin concerto, although I admit to previously not having heard this quartet. There is a lot to get into and enjoy, so I have saved the Bit 20 Ensemble recording on Qobuz to return to very soon (my preferred recording) with a view to getting to know the piece better.
Thanks to both for the selections.
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Listened just now to the Engegård Quartet version on YouTube (first time). This is quite a find. The first movement gives me an impression of intense sadness in an introvert way (not crying out loud) until the last two minuets when there is an outburst. The short more energetic intermezzo is a nice contrast. The slow final is hauntingly beautiful. I'll try the Bit20 version tomorrow.

It has been quite a while since I got blown away like this by a quartet on a first listen. Outstanding choice. Thank you.
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Up next the coming weeks:

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Ive blogged the Nordheim if anyone is interested. This is a fine piece. Nice one KH.

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Was the video link KH provided the entire piece? Just wondering based on some of the comments.
First of all, apologies for omitting Spohr and Glière. My time budget is currently quite tiny. Will be better in June.

Just listened to the string quartet by Arne Nordheim. Thank you for the pick, Kjetil Heggelund! I have a soft spot for the nordic music. Maybe it is a cliché, however I find the hidden fight between light and darkness also in this music. Will look into Nordheim's music more deeply in June, some suggestions have been given in this thread, thank you so much!
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