Fritz Kreisler, Efrem Zimbalist: String Quartets; Ysaÿe: Harmonies du soir

Fritz Kreisler, Efrem Zimbalist: String Quartets; Ysaÿe: Harmonies du soir

by Fine Arts Quartet
     
 

This release by the Fine Arts Quartet can certainly claim to have revived obscure repertory: the "String Quartet in E minor" of Efrem Zimbalist (the father of the staple of late-night movie fare) and Ysaÿe's "Harmonies du Soir, Op. 31," for the unusual combination of string quartet and orchestra, are claimed toSee more details below

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This release by the Fine Arts Quartet can certainly claim to have revived obscure repertory: the "String Quartet in E minor" of Efrem Zimbalist (the father of the staple of late-night movie fare) and Ysaÿe's "Harmonies du Soir, Op. 31," for the unusual combination of string quartet and orchestra, are claimed to be world-premiere recordings. Fritz Kreisler's "String Quartet in A minor" is not quite that rare; there are a few recordings pairing it with quartets by Korngold or Richard Strauss. It may belong with those works more than with the ones here, for it is a full-fledged late Romantic work, bathed in murky chromatic harmonies and a heated atmosphere that brings to mind a German 1920s silent film soundtrack. As such it's quite accomplished, which is a bit surprising in view of Kreisler's spotty education. The Zimbalist is a more conventional work, but its slow movement is an exceptional piece of melodic writing. Perhaps the biggest surprise is the Ysaÿe piece, a representation of a sunset. It does not treat the string quartet in the Baroque concertino manner but uses it in various shades that together constitute a layer distinct from the orchestra but intricately subdivided. It's a unique work. Hats off to the Fine Arts Quartet for a daring program that delivers some real finds.

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Product Details

Release Date:
01/31/2012
Label:
Naxos
UPC:
0747313255979
catalogNumber:
8572559
Rank:
248484

Tracks

  1. String quartet in E minor  - Efrem Zimbalist  -  Fine Arts Quartet
  2. String Quartet in A minor  - Fritz Kreisler  -  Fine Arts Quartet

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