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Sibelius: String Quartet op56, Grieg: String Quartet op27

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  • Composer: Jean Sibelius, Edvard Grieg
  • Audio CD (8 Oct 2001)
  • SPARS Code: DDD
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Apex
  • ASIN: B00005QHU5
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 182,955 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. "String Quartet, Op. 56 ""Voces intimae"" - I Andante - Allegro molto moderato"
2. "String Quartet, Op. 56 ""Voces intimae"" - II Vivace"
3. "String Quartet, Op. 56 ""Voces intimae"" - III Adagio di molto"
4. "Sibelius : String Quartet in D minor Op.56, 'Voces intimae' : IV Allegretto"
5. "String Quartet, Op. 56 ""Voces intimae"" - V Allegro"
6. String Quartet in G minor op. 27 - I Un poco andante - Allegro molto ed agitato
7. String Quartet in G minor op. 27 - II Romanze: Andantino - Allegro agitato
8. String Quartet in G minor op. 27 - III Intermezzo: Allegro marcato - piu vivo e scherzando
9. String Quartet in G minor op. 27 - IV Finale: Lento - Presto al Saltarello

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7 of 11 people found the following review helpful By D. E. Potts on 25 Feb 2008
Format: Audio CD
I can highly recommend this disc to anyone exploring chamber music. 2 huge composers with one serious string quartet to their name. Both quartets are have beautiful flowing peices and rythmical folk dance parts, paving the way for composers such as bartok. I discovered these peices from this cd and Im still to hear better performances (and ive heard a few honest!) together with the janacek quartets they denote a great period in chamber music leading up towards the end of the romantic period before the great, but atonal schoenberg.
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appealing program of Sibelius and Grieg 10 Mar 2011
By jsa - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD Verified Purchase
There are other couplings of the Grieg and Sibelius quartets, most notably from the Emerson and Guarneri quartets, so this 1997 recording from the New Helsinki Quartet faces some competition. I haven't heard the other recordings, so I don't know how the New Helsinki compares. I do have a recording of the Grieg quartet perfomed by a group anchored by Truls Mork (Grieg: Cello Sonata, String Quartet), and it's a very passionate reading. I actually prefer the New Helsinki's approach a little bit more; it's very intense, very committed, but not quite as overtly emotional. The music lends itself to pushing the envelope, so to speak: it contains Norwegian folk material and is recognizably Grieg, but in no way does it contain "too much folksiness," a concern the composer expressed prior to embarking on the quartet. On the other hand, Grieg wrote music that people could identify with and would listen to, therefore the distinctive national flavor is very much embedded in the score. Anyway, it's wonderful music, one of my favorite things from Grieg.

The Sibelius quartet (1909), subtitled "Voces intimae" (Inner Voices), is the only chamber music from the composer's mature period. It was written between the third and fourth symphonies and has the distinctive sound of Sibelius's orchestral works. It's not as immediately accessible as the Grieg quartet, which was completed thirty-one years before, but it's a fascinating work, filled with imagery that's almost visual as opposed to the adapted folk material of the Grieg. It's a perfect companion to the Grieg and the producers were wise to have this quartet, which is a much "cooler" temperature, open the program.

The New Helsinki Quartet was formed in 1982 and is made up of mambers of the Finnish Radio Symphony Orchestra. Their affinity for this music is self evident and the recording quality is A+. Discs are offered at under five bucks from amazon resellers - a great deal. Five stars.
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Good recording 22 Aug 2013
By margery rubin - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
Good recording. The music is enjoyable and the Quartets playing is quite good. The Sibelius elicits very strong musical content.
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