Alban Berg Quartett

String Quartet

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Berg: Lyric Suite & String Quartet

Berg: Lyric Suite & String Quartet


Berg:

Lyric Suite - for string quartet (1926)

String Quartet, Op. 3


In its very choice of name, the Alban Berg Quartett chose to honour the musical tradition of its native Vienna: the works of Alban Berg exemplify the city’s dual sense of continuity and innovation as they reconcile atonality with sensuous lyricism. Aptly, Günter Pichler – the leader of the Alban Berg Quartett – has said that the spirit of authentic Viennese interpretation lies in “the mixture of intellectual thinking and the feeling for sound”.

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Schubert: String Quartets Nos. 10, 12, 14, 15

Schubert: String Quartets Nos. 10, 12, 14, 15

recorded live at the Vienna Konzerthaus


Schubert:

String Quartet No. 10 in E flat major, D87

String Quartet No. 12 in C minor (fragment), D703 ‘Quartettsatz'

String Quartet No. 14 in D minor, D810 'Death and the Maiden'

String Quartet No. 15 in G Major, D887


The quintessentially Viennese spirit of Schubert is captured in these performances, recorded live at the Vienna Konzerthaus, by the Alban Berg Quartett, whose members were all nurtured in the city’s musical tradition. While relishing the scope of Schubert’s often daring musical designs, they bring an intimate understanding of the composer’s mercurial shifts of emotion.

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Schubert: String Quartets Nos. 13 & 14

Schubert: String Quartets Nos. 13 & 14


Schubert:

String Quartet No. 13 in A minor, D804 'Rosamunde'

String Quartet No. 14 in D minor, D810 'Death and the Maiden'


“A reminder of the Alban Berg's redefining of modern quartet virtuosity and precision. Schubert's dark side is a shade underplaying here, but these are magnificent readings.” BBC Music Magazine, June 2013 ****

“Both works are marvellously played and beautifully recorded … the Quartet’s playing is breathtaking in terms of tonal blend, ensemble and intonation.” Gramophone Magazine

“The Alban Berg concentrate on control and refinement occasionally at the expense of the passionate expression...Although these are well performed everything seems rather too buttoned up” MusicWeb International, 11th June 2013

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Schubert: String Quintet in C major, D956

Schubert: String Quintet in C major, D956


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Schubert: String Quartet No. 14 in D minor, D810 'Death and the Maiden'

Schubert: String Quartet No. 14 in D minor, D810 'Death and the Maiden'


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Format: PAL

EMI - 3384669

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Tango Sensations

Tango Sensations


Arolas:

El Marne - solo bandoneon

Caro:

La Rayuela - Gran Tango Milonga - solo bandoneon

Cobián:

Mi Refúgio

(solo bandoneon)

Piazzólla:

Tango Sensations (5) for bandoneón & string quartet

Tristeza de un doble A

(arr. Sverre Indris)

Schwertsik:

Adieu Satie Op. 86

Quintet for String Quartet and Bandoneon


Per Arne Glorvigen (bandoneon)

Alban Berg Quartett

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Brahms: String Quartets Nos. 1 & 3 & Piano Quintet

Brahms: String Quartets Nos. 1 & 3 & Piano Quintet


Brahms:

String Quartet No. 1 in C minor, Op. 51 No. 1

String Quartet No. 3 in B flat major, Op. 67

Piano Quintet in F minor, Op. 34

Elisabeth Leonskaja (piano)


All three of Brahms’ string quartets appear in this 2-CD set, along with his piano quintet, recorded live at the Vienna Konzerthaus, where Elisabeth Leonskaja joined the members of the Alban Berg Quartett. The ensemble’s name honours the continuity and vigour of Vienna’s long musical tradition, which reached one of its Romantic highpoints with these chamber masterworks, composed in the 1860s and 1870s.

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Beethoven: The ‘Middle Period’ Quartets

Beethoven: The ‘Middle Period’ Quartets


Beethoven:

String Quartet No. 7 in F major, Op. 59 No. 1 'Rasumovsky No. 1'

String Quartet No. 8 in E minor, Op. 59 No. 2 'Rasumovsky No. 2'

String Quartet No. 9 in C major, Op. 59 No. 3 'Rasumovsky No. 3'

String Quartet No. 10 in E flat major, Op. 74 'Harp'

String Quartet No. 11 in F minor Op. 95 'Serioso'


These interpretations of the ‘middle period’ quartets, dating from 1979, belong to the first of the two complete Beethoven cycles recorded by the Alban Berg Quartett; both of them hold a special place in the Warner Classics catalogue. The ensemble’s name honours the continuity and vigour of Vienna’s long musical tradition, which evolved so strikingly with Beethoven’s works – not least his canon of quartets.

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Dvorak & Smetana: String Quartets

Dvorak & Smetana: String Quartets


Dvorak:

String Quartet No. 12 in F major, Op. 96 'American'

String Quartet No. 14 in A flat major, Op. 105 (B193)

Smetana:

String Quartet No. 1 in E minor 'From My Life'


Recorded live at the Konzerthaus in Vienna, the Alban Berg Quartett captures the poetic spirit of these works by Dvořák and Smetana. Reviewing the ‘American’ quartet, Gramophone wrote: “They maintain the tension and the focus right through ... each movement soars. Few performances have communicated such pleasure in motion in the first movement as this, while the Lento has the lilt of true songfulness – the kind of thing many aspire to, but few seem able to achieve.”

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Mendelssohn: String Quartets Nos. 1 & 2

Mendelssohn: String Quartets Nos. 1 & 2

Live recording


Mendelssohn:

String Quartet No. 1 in E flat major, Op. 12

String Quartet No. 2 in A minor, Op. 13


“Mendelssohn was a greater quartet composer than he is often given credit for, and the Alban Berg Quartett ... take a powerful musical stand for that view,” wrote Gramophone when this pairing of quartets was first released. Composed in the late 1820s, these works are coloured by the young Mendelssohn’s intensive engagement with the late quartets of Beethoven – music that, at the time, was often considered excessively adventurous.

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