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Paul Hindemith wrote seven String Quartets, all of which reflect the experience and practical assurance of a distinguished violinist and, later, violist. No. 2 was written in 1918 whilst he was a soldier on active duty. It’s a bracing, dynamic and pithy work with a clever series of variations which parody romantic excess, and a virtuosic finale. No. 3 followed early in 1920 and was an instant success, a thrilling example of Hindemith’s concise imagination at work. This passionate quartet, with its richly varied material, is one of his supreme chamber masterpieces.
Paul Hindemith: String Quartet No. 2 in F minor, Op. 10
I. Sehr lebhaft, straff im Rhythmus
II. Thema mit Variationen: Gemachlich
III. Finale: Sehr lebhaft
Paul Hindemith: String Quartet No. 3 in C major, Op. 16
I. Lebhaft und sehr energisch
II. Sehr langsam - Ausserst ruhige Viertel
III. Finale: Ausserst lebhaft
“these inventive pieces are brought stunningly to life by the young Amar Quartet.”
20th May 2012
“Beautiful performances by a (Swiss) quartet taking its name from the one Hindemith founded in 1921.”
26th July 2012
“As the Amar Quartet's performance shows, the Third should be a regular part of the 20th-century quartet repertory.”