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Weill / Schulhoff / Hindemith: String Quartets


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  • Composer: Ervín Schulhoff
  • Audio CD (23 Aug 2003)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Nimbus
  • ASIN: B0000037FH
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,236,203 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Str Qt No.1: I. Presto Con Fuoco
2. Str Qt No.1: II. Allegretto Con Moto E Con Malinconia Grotesca
3. Str Qt No.1: III. Allegro Giocoso Alla Slovacca
4. Str Qt No.1: IV. Andante Molto Sostenuto
5. Str Qt: Intro: Sosteno, Con Molta Espressione
6. Str Qt: Scherzo. Vivace
7. Str Qt: Choralphantasie: Andante Non Troppo.
8. Str Qt No.3 Op.22: I. Fugato. Sehr Langsame Viertel
9. Str Qt No.3 Op.22: II. Schnelle Achtel. Sehr Energisch
10. Str Qt No.3 Op.22: III. Ruhige Viertel. Stets Fliessend
11. Str Qt No.3 Op.22: IV. Massing Schnelle Viertel
12. Str Qt No.3 Op.22: V. Rondo. Gemachlich Und Mit Grazie

Product Description

Schulhoff : Quatuors à cordes n°1 - Weill : Quatuor à cordes - Hindemith : Quatuor à cordes n°3, op.22 / Quatuor Brandis

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three 1920's Berlin influenced String Quartets by Weill, Schulhoff + Hindemith:

this cd at present price is a bargain for ever curious quartet lovers + features three arrestinng works from the trio of composers based in 1920's Berlin - namely Kurt Weill, Erwin Schulhoff + Paul Hindemith.

straight off i have to say i've had this cd for a few months + the Weill quartet is a for me a masterpiece, that as a huge fan of Benjamin Britten's string quartets is a real eye opener as Britten must surely have heard Weill's Quartet before starting composing his own works. the similarities are striking : chromatic, sparse, elegaic + modern without a note wasted in very persuasive neo-classical yet modernist forms. quite excellent from both composers - yes the similarites are that strong. uncanny.

my next favourite work is the Schulhoff. a much more folk themes based rhythmically vibrant work with Bartok-ian textures + use of gyspy as well as jazz elements in a heady mixture of styles all within the same work. vibrant yet sophisitcated at the same time. Schulhoff was known as a bit of stylistic as well as cultural maverick on the Berlin scene, but who perished in a nazi concentration camp at the age of 47 - a tragic waste of a major talent.

so, the final + least favourite work on this nimbus cd, is the spare, austere + (for me) emotionally uninvolving quartet no.3 by Paul Hindemith. his work continues to skirt aroud the edges of popular taste even now some 90 years later + perhaps for good reason. the work here is pretty demanding - full of astringent dark writing that will take many listens for its "charms" to unfold. this quartet strikes me as a cross between Berg + a bit like Bartok's late quartets. perhaps Hindemith's wider popularity will come eventually.
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