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

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AMERICA! Volume 1: A Land of Refuge

AMERICA! Volume 1: A Land of Refuge

From Independence to the Civil War


Contrasts for violin, clarinet & piano, BB 116, Sz. 111


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

Jerusalem Quartet


Hollywood Liederbuch


Symphonic Dances, Op. 45



Joel Frederiksen, Alexandre Tharaud, Frederic Chiu, Brigitte Engerer, Oleg Maisenberg, Matthias Goerne, Philippe Bernold

RIAS Kammerchor, Rochester Philharmonic Orchestra & Ensemble Walter Boeykens, Daniel Reuss

Harmonia Mundi America! - HMX2908539/40

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Dance & Quartet

Dance & Quartet

Three Ballets by Heinz Spoerli


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

In Spillville

Soloists: Sarah-Jane Brodbeck, Tigran Mikayelyan


String Quartet No. 2 'Intimate Letters'

Lettres Intimes

Soloists: Seh Yun Kim, Arsen Mehrabyan


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

Der Tod Und Das Mädchen

Soloists: Yen Han, Arsen Mehrabyan

Hagen Quartett: Lukas Hagen (1st violin), Rainer Schmidt (2nd violin), Veronika Hagen (viola), Clemens Hagen (violoncello)

Zürcher Ballett

Live Recording from The Felsenreitschule, Salzburg Festival, 2012

The Salzburg Festival presented a unique production in 2012: the renowned Hagen Quartett appeared together with the Zürcher Ballett. The Swiss grand master of dance Heinz Spoerli created three works for his Zurich Ballet set to three of the greatest works of the string-quartet literature: Leos Janáček’s string quartet “Intimate Letters”, Antonín Dvořák’s “American Quartet” and Franz Schubert’s string quartet “Death and the Maiden”.

Based in Salzburg, the Hagen Quartett is highly popular with the public for its high standard of musicality, serious artistic approach and its enthusiastic love of playing. The Hagens do not give themselves airs and graces; instead, an almost tender dedication to the composers is characteristic of their work. This is a triumph on home ground for this renowned ensemble.

Sound Format: PCM Stereo, dts-HD Master Audio 5.1

Picture Format: 16:9, 1080i FULL HD

Format: 25 GB (Single Layer)

Running Time: 94 mins

FSK: 0

Region Code: Worldwide

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Arthaus Musik - 108077



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SBSQ: Shostakovich, Ginastera and Dvorak

SBSQ: Shostakovich, Ginastera and Dvorak


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


String Quartet No. 1, Op. 20


String Quartet No. 8 in C minor, Op. 110

Simon Bolivar String Quartet (SBSQ)

Violinists Alejandro Carreño and Boris Suaréz, violist Ismel Campos and cellist Aimon Mata breathe new life into three gems of the string quartet repertoire, performed with the perfect balance of classical refinement and South American panache.

The SBSQ comprises key players of DG exclusive recording artist Gustavo Dudamel’s Simón Bolívar Symphony Orchestra of Venezuela. This is a debut recording that musically and thematically reflects the young ensemble’s extraordinary story and progressive pursuits.

This is DG’s first recording of Argentine composer Alberto Ginastera’s particularly difficult 1948 String Quartet no. 1, inspired by the vivacious dance rhythms of his homeland

Shostakovich’s deeply personal String Quartet no. 8 is dedicated “to the victims of fascism and war,” a theme which particularly speaks to the SBSQ

In another DG first, the SBSQ adds South American flavour to the “American” String Quartet, one of Dvořák’s celebrations of his visit to the New World

“Not surprisingly, the players fully empathise with [the Ginastera's] vibrant Latin American rhythms, masterly contrasts in texture and arresting colours...The SBSQ are equally capable of producing wonderfully atmospheric playing as is evident in their poetic and sensitive approach to the slow movement.” BBC Music Magazine, July 2013 *****

“Though the players sometimes make expressive points through the quality of their sound, prettiness is not their priority...SBSQ is more interested in the music's inner workings behind the sound, and with Ginastera, there's much of that to be heard...The Dvorak has a big-boned swagger that suits the music's Americana vigour, though nostalgic reflection almost goes missing.” Gramophone Magazine, May 2013

“[the Dvorak demonstrates] slick ensemble work, a good level of technical ability - and the performance has some nice moments of colour and tone...Shostakovich's Eight Quartet receives a much better performance. Individual playing is more compelling and the music is pushed to expressive extremes without becoming overbearing.” International Record Review, May 2013

“It’s a little rough, but overall pretty good...All in all, this is a promising start to a string quartet’s career. I look forward to hearing more from them.” MusicWeb International, 2nd July 2013

DG - 4790429



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Irish Roots Medley

Bonus Track


Cool (from West Side Story)


Rodeo: Hoe down


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


Preludes (3)

Glass, P:

String Quartet No. 3 'Mishima'


Bill Monroe Medley

Modern Mandolin Quartet

Sono Luminus presents this uniquely engaging collection of music that embodies the American spirit in Americana, the latest release by Modern Mandolin Quartet. The package will be a 2-disc set, containing a Blu-ray™ Surround Sound disc as well as a standard CD.

Expressing their opinion on their choices of musical selections for this album, the quartet writes, “This music attracted us because of the wonderful way it sounds on our instruments, particularly the Dvorák. Since the musical character of the pieces is based on various forms of American music, it lends itself extremely well to the mandolin. While many selections for piano and string music rely on idioms and techniques that may not transpose well to the mandolin, the pieces included on this disc were chosen for their vitality and the way they jumped right off the page.”

Fanfare Magazine exclaims, “MMQ play dead-straight, spot-on, and packed with freshness and vitality of a kind that is rare in material of this type. These are not down-scaled, make-em-easy, just-for-kicks charts either - they are a Major Thing. TRIPLE MUST!”

The Modern Mandolin Quartet was formed in 1985 to give a new voice to that most American of musical instruments, the mandolin. Following the tradition of the mandolin orchestras and chamber groups from the early twentieth century, the MMQ uses the instruments of the mandolin family which correspond to the conventional string quartet (two mandolins, mandola, and mandocello). To date the Quartet has arranged and performed over 90 works originally written for orchestra, chamber ensemble, piano, guitar, and string quartet.

Dorian Sono Luminus - DSL92157

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Dvorak: String Quartets Nos. 12 & 13

Dvorak: String Quartets Nos. 12 & 13


String Quartet No. 13 in G major, Op. 106 (B192)

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

"I’m satisfied. It went quickly... " Antonín Dvořák jotted down at the end of the sketch for his String Quartet Op. 96. The work, one of the most beautiful quartet pieces in the history of music, originated in America hard on the heels of the “New World” Symphony. I wanted to write for once something very melodious and simple, and I always kept Papa Haydn before my eyes. The American critics lavished it with praise: “Why didn’t Dvořák come here earlier, since he can write such great music in America.” The “American” quartet, and, perhaps to an even greater extent, the subsequent quartet, Op. 106, the first composition Dvořák created after his return from America, are a heartfelt matter for the youthful Pavel Haas Quartet.

In the wake of the previous, highly acclaimed recordings of the complete quartet works of Janáček, Haas and Prokofiev (Classic FM Gramophone Award, BBC Music Magazine Award, MIDEM Cannes Classical Award, etc.), the ensemble displays its outstanding qualities performing the paramount Dvořák pieces too: equilibrium between precision and spontaneity, remarkable interplay and the “solo” potential of all the musicians.

The most popular Dvořák’s chamber repertoire performed by one of the world’s most exciting string quartets.

“The Pavel Haas players revel in the turbulence of the opening movement, but they savour the lyricism of the beautiful adagio, the rhythmic energy of the scherzo and the exuberance of the finale’s fiery allegro. Their account of the American Quartet belongs alongside the greatest performances on disc. In this repertoire, they are simply matchless today.” Sunday Times, 14th November 2010 *****

“The Pavel Haas Quartet play with plenty of feeling and they also relish the rhythmic cut and thrust of the Molto vivace third movement, capturing to perfection the more relaxed Trio's sunny spirit.The final opens to a gentle smile then keys up for some dancing exuberance...there's an abundance of varied drama” Gramophone Magazine, December 2010

“Throughout, their understanding of the musical argument is exemplary...at every stage the performers respond with both passion and a clear feeling for musical line...In truth, there are so many details that delight the ear it would be almost impossible to list the all” BBC Music Magazine, December 2010 *****

“there's an arresting energy and atmosphere to the performances and they certainly contain new perspectives...the product is beautifully presented.” Classic FM Magazine, January 2011 ***

“The freshness of the Pavel Haas Quartet's sound and approach is in the main a perfect match for this music: its wide-ranging palette, from intimate whispers to grander, symphonic gestures, is aptly deployed. Its tone is in general sweetly blended, homogenous and with obvious close rapport.” International Record Review, December 2010

Presto Disc of the Week

10th October 2011

GGramophone Awards 2011

Record of the Year

Building a Library

First Choice - April 2011

BBC Music Magazine

Disc of the month - December 2010

Supraphon - SU40382



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Dvorak: Sextet, String Quintet & String Quartet

Dvorak: Sextet, String Quintet & String Quartet


String Sextet in A major, Op. 48

Vienna Octet

String Quintet No. 2 in G major, Op. 77

Vienna Octet

String Quintet No. 3 in E flat major, Op. 97 'American'

Vienna Octet

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

Janáček Quartet

Bagatelles, Op. 47

Vienna Philharmonia Quintet

Recording locations: Decca Studio 3, West Hampstead, London, UK, October 1963 (Op. 96); Sofiensaal, Vienna, Austria, October 1969 (Op. 77), May 1975 (Op. 47), April 1971 (Opp. 48, 97)

This recording forms part of a series of 10 reissues celebrating the glorious Decca recordings from the 1950s-1970s of the Wiener Oktett (Vienna Octet), made up of key principals from the Wiener Philharmoniker and the Vienna Symphony Orchestra. Five titles were released in September and the remaining five are released this month.

The Vienna Octet recorded just three works by Dvorák – two String Quintets and the A major String Sextet – all of which are included here. They are here coupled with his most popular String Quartet, the so-called ‘American’ in a performance by the Janáček Quartet that has never been out of the catalogue, and a first release on CD, the Bagatelles for the unusual combination of two violins, cello and harmonium – delightful little pieces with the Vienna Philharmonia Quintet’s recording here receiving its first release on CD.

Tully Potter’s informative liner notes focus on both, the music and the musicians on this anthology.

“All recommendable: there is a beautifully poised rendition of Dvorak's String Sextet and the players are persuasively idiomatic in the American Quartet and Quintet” BBC Music Magazine, August 2011 ****

“the recording, clean and warm-toned, is the equal of the playing” Gramophone Magazine (Quintet, Op. 77)

“most sensitively handled” Gramophone Magazine (Quintet Op. 97)

“the finest and best recorded performance” Gramophone Magazine (of the ‘American’ Quartet)

Australian Eloquence Vienna Octet - ELQ4802375

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Brahms - String Quartets Nos. 1-3 (complete)

Brahms - String Quartets Nos. 1-3 (complete)


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

String Quartet No. 2 in A minor, Op. 51 No. 2

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


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

DG Originals - E4577072

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Dvorak: 'American' Quartet and String Quintet No. 3

Dvorak: 'American' Quartet and String Quintet No. 3


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

String Quintet No. 3 in E flat major, Op. 97 'American'

Anna Deeva

Keller Quartet

Building a Library

First Choice - January 2015

Apex - 0927443552



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Time in Motion

Time in Motion


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


Danse Espagnole (from La Vida Breve)

Hoffmann, Robin:

Der blutige Schaffner - Entgleisung



Lévy, F:

Towards the door we never opened

Fukio Ensemble

Fukio Ensemble plays its own saxophone transcriptions.

Super Audio CD


Hybrid Multi-channel

ARS Produktion - ARS38211



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Dvorák: String Quartet No. 12 & Bruckner: String Quintet in F major

Dvorák: String Quartet No. 12 & Bruckner: String Quintet in F major


String Quintet in F major

Georg Schmid (viola)


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

Koeckert Quartet

DG - 4796016

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