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

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All Music Guide - James Manheim
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 ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - James Manheim
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: 1/31/2012
  • Label: Naxos
  • UPC: 747313255979
  • Catalog Number: 8572559
  • Sales rank: 204,676

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1–4 String Quartet in A minor - Fritz Kreisler & Fine Arts Quartet (29:16)
    Composed byFritz Kreisler
    1. 1 Fantasia: Moderato - Allegro moderato
    2. 2 Scherzo
    3. 3 Einleitung und Romanze: Allegretto - Andante con moto
    4. 4 Retrospection
  2. 5–8 String quartet in E minor - Efrem Zimbalist & Fine Arts Quartet (27:27)
    Composed byEfrem Zimbalist
    1. 5 Moderato
    2. 6 Con brio
    3. 7 Andante con moto
    4. 8 Allegro di molto
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Fine Arts Quartet Primary Artist
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