Hindemith: String Quartets Volume 1

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Hindemith: String Quartets Volume 1



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30th April 2012




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Hindemith: String Quartets Volume 1


String Quartet No. 2 in F minor, Op. 10 (1918) (previously No. 1)

String Quartet No. 3 in C major, Op. 16 (1920) (previously No. 2)

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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

BBC Music Magazine

September 2012


“these inventive pieces are brought stunningly to life by the young Amar Quartet.”

Sunday Times

20th May 2012

“Beautiful performances by a (Swiss) quartet taking its name from the one Hindemith founded in 1921.”

The Guardian

26th July 2012


“As the Amar Quartet's performance shows, the Third should be a regular part of the 20th-century quartet repertory.”

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