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Original Masters: Amadeus Quartet: Haydn, Schubert, Brahms, 1951-57

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All Music Guide - Blair Sanderson
Formed by three Austrian immigrants and one youthful Londoner, the Amadeus Quartet came to prominence in postwar England. It excelled in the Classical repertoire, and its recordings in the 1950s were important contributions to the growing body of chamber music on the newly introduced LP. The process of recording on tape was a major improvement over the start-and-stop 78 rpm methods, and these clean and skillfully edited masters hold up quite well in the digital transfer. This seven-disc set follows Deutsche Grammophon's 2003 reissue of the quartet's early Mozart recordings, and covers works by Haydn, Schubert, Mendelssohn, and Brahms, thus giving a fuller representation...
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All Music Guide - Blair Sanderson
Formed by three Austrian immigrants and one youthful Londoner, the Amadeus Quartet came to prominence in postwar England. It excelled in the Classical repertoire, and its recordings in the 1950s were important contributions to the growing body of chamber music on the newly introduced LP. The process of recording on tape was a major improvement over the start-and-stop 78 rpm methods, and these clean and skillfully edited masters hold up quite well in the digital transfer. This seven-disc set follows Deutsche Grammophon's 2003 reissue of the quartet's early Mozart recordings, and covers works by Haydn, Schubert, Mendelssohn, and Brahms, thus giving a fuller representation of the group's prodigious output for Westminster and DG. The sound of the original analog reproduction is terrific, even though most of the recordings are mono and may sound slightly flat to contemporary ears. Yet there is still great sonic depth in these performances that is evident on attentive listening; the feeling that these are historic recordings rarely intrudes on one's enjoyment. The players are always engaged and emotionally charged, but they are particularly strong in the Schubert works, of which the "String Quartet No. 15" and the "Death and the Maiden Quartet" are wonderfully rendered and recommended as good pieces to start with.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 2/10/2004
  • Label: Deutsche Grammophon
  • UPC: 028947473022
  • Catalog Number: 000185202

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1–4 String Quartet in F major ("Serenade"), Op. 3/5, H. 3/17 (spurious, possibly by Hoffstetter) - Franz Joseph Haydn & Amadeus Quartet (13:37)
  2. 5–13 Die Sieben letzten Worte unseres Erlösers am Kreuze (The Seven Last Words of Christ on the Cross), for string quartet, H. 3/50-56 - Franz Joseph Haydn & Amadeus Quartet (57:12)
Disc 2
  1. 1–4 String Quartet No. 43 in G major, Op. 54/1, H. 3/58 - Franz Joseph Haydn & Amadeus Quartet (20:52)
  2. 5–8 String Quartet No. 42 in C major, Op. 54/2, H. 3/57 - Franz Joseph Haydn & Amadeus Quartet (18:31)
  3. 9–12 String Quartet No. 50 in B flat major, Op. 64/3, H. 3/67 - Franz Joseph Haydn & Amadeus Quartet (20:22)
Disc 3
  1. 1–4 String Quartet No. 57 in C major, Op. 74/1, H. 3/72 - Franz Joseph Haydn & Amadeus Quartet (19:51)
  2. 5–8 String Quartet No. 59 in G minor ("Rider"/"Horseman"), Op. 74/3, H. 3/74 - Franz Joseph Haydn & Amadeus Quartet (19:21)
  3. 9–12 String Quartet No. 66 in G major, Op. 77/1, H. 3/81 - Franz Joseph Haydn & Amadeus Quartet (19:53)
  4. 13–14 String Quartet No. 68 in D minor, Op. 103, H. 3/83 (unfinished) - Franz Joseph Haydn & Amadeus Quartet (11:04)
Disc 4
  1. 1–4 String Quartet No. 10 in E flat major, D. 87 (Op. 125/1) - Franz Schubert & Amadeus Quartet (19:14)
  2. 5–8 String Quartet No. 8 in B flat major, D. 112 (Op. posth. 168) - Franz Schubert & Amadeus Quartet (26:24)
  3. 6 Capriccio for string quartet in E minor, Op. 81/3 - Felix Mendelssohn & Amadeus Quartet (5:24)
Disc 5
  1. 1–4 String Quartet No. 13 in A minor ("Rosamunde"), D. 804 (Op. 29) - Franz Schubert & Amadeus Quartet (30:51)
  2. 5–8 String Quartet No. 15 in G major, D. 887 (Op. posth. 161) - Franz Schubert & Amadeus Quartet (42:55)
Disc 6
  1. 1–4 String Quartet No. 14 in D minor ("Death and the Maiden"), D. 810 - Franz Schubert & Amadeus Quartet (37:12)
  2. 2 String Quartet No. 12 in C minor ("Quartettsatz"), D. 703 - Franz Schubert & Amadeus Quartet (8:40)
  3. 6–9 String Quartet No. 1 in C minor, Op. 51/1 - Johannes Brahms & Amadeus Quartet (30:47)
Disc 7
  1. 1–4 String Quartet No. 2 in A minor, Op. 51/2 - Johannes Brahms & Amadeus Quartet (29:44)
  2. 5–8 String Quartet No. 3 in B flat major, Op. 67 - Johannes Brahms & Amadeus Quartet (31:06)
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