The RIAS Amadeus Quartet Recordings Vol.5: Romanticism | Audite AUDITE21425

The RIAS Amadeus Quartet Recordings Vol.5: Romanticism


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Label: Audite

Cat No: AUDITE21425

Format: CD

Number of Discs: 6

Genre: Chamber

Release Date: 9th December 2016



The fifth CD boxed set, Vol.5, from the series The RIAS Amadeus Quartet Recordings is dedicated to nineteenth-century Romantic composers. This six-volume edition presents exclusively first releases on CD.

The Amadeus Quartet included a wider repertoire in the broadcasting studio than in the recording studio. Works by Edvard Grieg and Robert Schumann interpreted by the Amadeus Quartet can be heard here for the first time on CD. And five works in this edition represent novel repertoire that the Amadeus Quartet never recorded on LP: DvořŠk's Piano Quintet in A major, op.81, Grieg's String Quartet in G minor, op.27, Mendelssohn's String Quartet in E flat major, op.12, as well as Schumann's String Quartet in A major, op.41 no.3 and Piano Quintet in E flat major, op.44.

Only half the works recorded here belong to the string quartet genre. The Amadeus Quartet enjoyed collaborating with other musicians and did so often. In the three piano quintets by Brahms, DvořŠk, and Schumann, they performed together with pianist Conrad Hansen, who had appeared with the Berlin Philharmonic under Wilhelm Furtwšngler in the 1940s. In the string quintets by Brahms and Bruckner, the Amadeus Quartet is joined by South African-born Cecil Aronowitz - the musician they always turned to when in need of a second violist. And in Brahms's Clarinet Quintet we hear Heinrich Geuser, regarded as Germany's leading clarinetist in the 1950s.

Recorded 1950-1969, Berlin

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