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Andreae: String Quartets/ Quartet for Flute, Violin, Viola & Violoncello

The Classical Shop
release date: September 2009

Originally recorded in 2009


Anna Noakes


The Locrian Ensemble


St Pauls Church, New Southgate, London


Michael Ponder


Michael Ponder

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Total Time - 75:27
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String Quartet No. 2 in E major, Op. 33

1 I Andante moderato 7:50
2 II Allegretto 4:08
3 III Molto lento 7:00
4 IV Allegro molto 3:57

Quartet for flute, violin, viola and violoncello, Op. 43

5 I Molto vivace 1:40
6 II Adagio, non troppo lento 3:28
7 III Molto vivace 2:59
8 IV Molto lento - Molto vivace 6:53
 Anna Noakes flute

String Quartet No. 1 in Bb, Op. 9

9 I Ziemlich bewegtes Zeitmass 10:16
10 II So rasch als moglich 8:16
11 III Langsames Zeitmass, sehr frei im Vortrag 8:40
12 IV Lebhaft bewegt 10:20

The music of the fine Swiss-born composer and conductor Volkmar Andreae has recently come to the attention of a wide international public, where it has been revealed as being of the highest musical quality. It appears that Andreae’s career as a composer was completely overshadowed by his career as a conductor, but this outstanding new CD, the second to feature his chamber music from Guild (GMCD 7307 - Piano Trios), contains his two string quartets and a delightful late Divertimento for flute and string trio. The performances are quite superb - as is the music, ranging in influences from Richard Strauss to the later French Impressionists - and the recording is one of the best we have issued in recent years. A most significant issue for Swiss music.

"...Late-romantic, melancholic succulence and poignant romantic delight ..."

Rob Barnett - MusicWeb International - 14 October 2009

"...Undoubtedly, the Locrian Ensemble fully understand Andreae’s musical style in these relaxed yet ardent performances. Their playing is balanced by refined intensity which prevents any sagging of lyrical feeling, so that the listener is consistently held in their spontaneous response to the music. The recording throughout, in a warm acoustic, is ideal, with excellent clarity, yet creating a fine ambient glow, so necessary in the quartets. There are excellent notes from Robert Mathew-Walker. Well worth investigating."

Ivan March - Gramophone  - January 2010

"...Anna Noakes makes the most of Andreae’s vivid and idiomatic flute writing, and the members of the Locrian Ensemble strings play all three works with confidence and affection. It’s a beautifully balanced recording, too."

Calum MacDonald - International Record Review – December 2009

Interpretation ****     Sound Quality ***    Repertoire ****    Booklet ***

Christian Starke -  Klassik com Germany -  15 November 2009

"...His [Volkmar Andreae] striking independence of creative voice has become special passion for the Locrian Ensemble, first in an outstanding coupling of the two piano trios released in 2007 (GMCD 7307), and now in this alluring programme, glowingly played and engineered, that confirms Andreae as a master of his craft.Composers far more renowned than Andreae have become unstuck with the string quartet medium, but the Swiss maestro (also a gifted conductor) makes it sound effortless.  This is at least in part due to the Locrain Ensemble’s stunning advocacy, which combines lyricism of heartfelt intensity with an acute sensitivity to the music’s harmonic progress. The magical way the players of this gifted ensemble reduce their tone to a haunting whisper and then joyously erupt into the recapitulation of the First String Quartet’s opening movement is just one of many outstanding moments. Highly recommended."

Julian Haylock - The Strad- February 2010

"...these are all engaging works of real substance that will bring both enjoyment andprofit to lovers of late-Romantic chamber music, and are accordingly recommended."

James A Altena - Fanfare - March/April 2011

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