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Schmidt - String Quartets [CD]

Schubert Qt , Franz Schmidt Audio CD
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  • Composer: Franz Schmidt
  • Audio CD (23 Aug 2003)
  • SPARS Code: DDD
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: CD
  • Label: Nimbus Alliance
  • ASIN: B0000037GM
  • Other Editions: MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 64,294 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Song Title Time Price
Listen  1. String Quartet In A Major: Anmutig Bewegt12:25Album Only
Listen  2. String Quartet In A Major: Adagio10:56Album Only
Listen  3. String Quartet In A Major: Scherzo, Sehr Lebhaft 6:09£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  4. String Quartet In A Major: Ruhig Fließend 9:28£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  5. String Quartet In G Major: Molto Tranquillo12:36Album Only
Listen  6. String Quartet In G Major: Adagio10:45Album Only
Listen  7. String Quartet In G Major: Scherzo Allegro Vivace 8:57£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  8. String Quartet In G Major: Allegro 6:40£0.99  Buy MP3 

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Quatuors à cordes en la majeur (1925) & sol majeur (1929) / Quatuor Franz Schubert de Vienne

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Beautiful Works 7 Oct 2011
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Both these quartets are wonderful.
The first quartet is so tranquil,lovely flowing,pleasing to the ear & VERY TUNEFUL.
The middle section of the slow movement is GYPSY LIKE.
The last movement is a a "theme & variations" of which Schmidt was a master.
All Schmidt's Chamber Music is EXCELLENT & I cannot understand why they arn't performed more often!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Sublime 12 Sep 2012
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These are sublimely beautiful and memorable quartets, full of invention, beautifully paced and structured, varied in the use of quartet texture (Schmidt was an experienced quartet player, with Oskar Adler). The odd touch of Bruckner in the rolling figures he sometime uses in the bass (try the end of the first movement of no.1) but absolutely Schmidt. There are no better pieces of chamber music from the post-Brahms period, at least that I've ever heard. Fine recording, very well played. My only quibble would be about the notes, which are very good on Schmidt himself but say nothing about the pieces. But you can get that elsewhere. Wonderful music.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Schmidt's Quartets Unfairly Neglected 14 Jan 2009
By Robert S. Costic - Published on
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A contemporary of Mahler, Franz Schmidt is an unfairly neglected late-Romantic Viennese composer. His quartets are bright, soft, intelligent, and sumptuous, with a thickly complex sound typical of the music of Schmidt's age. While they might not be profound enough to deliver a religious experience or catharsis, they are strong pieces, and I recommend them for anyone who is a fan of Schmidt, late-Romantic music, or works for string quartets.
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5.0 out of 5 stars SCHMIDT: a Little-Known Neo-Brucknerian... 9 Dec 2007
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The little-known Schmidt was a pupil of Bruckner, and his symphonies form an apt tribute to his Master. Too, Schmidt lived in the Viennese mileu of Brahms, Mahler, Zemlinsky, Berg, and Korngold. He did not follow Schönberg's lead into dodecaphonism; his ethos is more closely related to Strauss and Reger.

It is tempting to see Schmidt's chamber music as that of late-Bruckner--left unwritten. While there may be a grain of insight to this view, Schmidt has his own sound. He had a preference of major keys, and his outlook is rather enthusiastic and optimistic.

His two String Quartets follow Bruckner's symphonies in placing the heart of the work--substantial Adagios--in movement II--(as in fact, Bruckner had originally intended to do in his own Quintet). Both Quartets are large works of ~:40mins a piece. Schmidt also wrote some Quintets for various ensembles with piano and clarinet.

Interested parties should see also the Quartets of William Kienzl, Karl Weigl, and Joseph Marx, not to mention those of Reger, Zemilnsky, and Korngold.

Wilhelm Kienzl: String Quartets 1-3
Karl Weigl: String Quartets 1 & 5 / Artis Quartett Wien
Joseph Marx: Complete String Quartets
Reger: The String Quartets; Clarinet Quintet
Zemlinsky: The String Quartets / Apostel: String Quartet No. 1
Korngold: String Quartets Nos. 1 & 3
Korngold: String Quartet No. 1; Reznicek: String Quartet No. 1
String Quartet & Quintet
Robert Fuchs: Complete String Quartets
Hindemith: Complete String Quartets
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