Bargiel - Complete String Quartets & String Octet | CPO 5550952

Bargiel - Complete String Quartets & String Octet

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Label: CPO

Cat No: 5550952

Format: CD

Number of Discs: 2

Genre: Chamber

Release Date: 30th November 2018

Contents

Artists

Orpheus Quartet
Yume Sato (violin)
Amane Horie (violin)
Julia Rebekka Adler (viola)
Eva Freitag (cello)

Works

Bargiel, Woldemar

String Octet, op.15a
String Quartet no.1
String Quartet no.2
String Quartet no.3, op.15b
String Quartet no.4, op.47

Artists

Orpheus Quartet
Yume Sato (violin)
Amane Horie (violin)
Julia Rebekka Adler (viola)
Eva Freitag (cello)

About

Woldemar Bargiel was Clara Schumannís half-brother and Robert Schumannís brother-in-law. In the nineteenth century hardly any references failed to note these relational circumstances, surely more to Bargielís disadvantage since it for many years led to his relegation to the 'second ranks'. It is only recently that the study of his private papers, which somehow miraculously managed to survive two world wars, has inspired increasing interest in his oeuvre. His papers include manuscripts as well as more than 1,500 letters demonstrating that he was a sought-after personality in the European music world. Moreover, in 2010 Dean CŠceres published a study based on analytic methods laying the foundation for what is an impressive demonstration of Bargielís personal style Ė which the Orpheus Quartet now thoroughly confirms on its complete recording of the composerís string chamber music. Bargielís chamber compositions display the most skillful formal elaboration. Like Beethoven, Bargiel attached more importance to the elaboration of the thematic material than to the melodies themselves. On the whole Bargiel may be regarded as one of the most important academic composers of the first half of the nineteenth century. During his lifetime numerous fellow musicians, among them Brahms and Draeseke, highly valued his works.

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