Several works can be heard here in interpretations by the Amadeus Quartet for the first time on CD – over a third of the repertoire featured in this recording. Schumann and Grieg are composers who had been completely absent in the quartet’s discography up until now, and every recording is a first CD release – making this edition a truly historical document. The Amadeus Quartet was noted for their intensive commitment to Romantic chamber music for strings, with a particular emphasis on the works of Johannes Brahms. Notable soloists and guest musicians are involved in around half of the works recorded.
Johannes Brahms | Anton Bruckner | Robert Schumann | Felix Mendelssohn Bartholdy | Giuseppe Verdi | Antonín Dvořák | Edvard GriegWhen you complete a purchase of a physical album (including CDs, vinyl and other formats), a free MP3 version of that album is added to your basket.
The fifth CD boxed set, Vol. V, from the series The RIAS Amadeus Quartet Recordings is dedicated to nineteenth-century Romantic composers. This six-volume edition presents exclusively first releases on CD.
The Amadeus Quartet included a wider repertoire in the broadcasting studio than in the recording studio. Works by Edvard Grieg and Robert Schumann interpreted by the Amadeus Quartet can be heard here for the first time on CD. And five works in this edition represent novel repertoire that the Amadeus Quartet never recorded on LP: Dvorák's Piano Quintet in A Major, Op. 81, Grieg's String Quartet in G Minor, Op. 27, Mendelssohn's String Quartet in E-flat Major, Op. 12, as well as Schumann's String Quartet in A Major, Op. 41, No. 3 and Piano Quintet in E-flat Major, Op. 44.
Only half the works recorded here belong to the string quartet genre. The Amadeus Quartet enjoyed collaborating with other musicians and did so often. In the three piano quintets by Brahms, Dvorák, and Schumann, they performed together with pianist Conrad Hansen, who had appeared with the Berlin Philharmonic under Wilhelm Furtwängler in the 1940s. In the string quintets by Brahms and Bruckner, the Amadeus Quartet is joined by South African-born Cecil Aronowitz - the musician they always turned to when in need of a second violist. And in Brahms's Clarinet Quintet we hear Heinrich Geuser, regarded as Germany's leading clarinetist in the 1950s.
Des cinq coffrets que compte déjà cette passionante série (cf. nos 618, 622, 626, 631), et en attendant le dernier consacré à Haydn, le present…
Die mit der Folge ‘Romanticism’ fortgesetzte Reihe der Veröffentlichungen der RIAS-Aufnahmen des Amadeus Quartetts widmet sich in diesem fünften…
Obgleich die meisten der hier eingespielten Werke auch im Studio aufgenommen wurden (Westminster und vor Allem Deutsche Grammophon), lohnt sich die Anschaffung der audite-Sammlung als interessante Vergleichsbasis. Und die Schumann-Werke (ausser dem Quintett noch das Streichquartett A-dur op. 41 Nr. 3) sind sonst auf keinem Tonträger dokumentiert.
The RIAS Amadeus Quartet Recordings - Romanticism (audite 21.425)
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The RIAS Amadeus Quartet Recordings (5/6 productions)
|release date:||25. November 2016|
|total time:||375 min.|