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HINDEMITH, P.: String Quartets, Vol. 2 (Amar Quartet) - Nos. 5, 6, 7

HINDEMITH, P.: String Quartets, Vol. 2 (Amar Quartet) - Nos. 5, 6, 7

The Classical Shop
release date: October 2012

Originally recorded in 2012

Artists:

Sophisticated Lady Jazz Quartet

Ensemble

Sophisticated Lady Jazz Quartet



Venue:

Grosser Saal, Radiostudio Zurich, Schweizer Radio DRS, Zurich, Switzerland



Record Label
Naxos

Genre:

Chamber


Classical

Total Time - 70:40
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String Quartet No. 5, Op. 32

 
1 I. Lebhafte Halbe 6:20
2 II. Sehr langsam, aber immer fliessend 10:43
3 III. Kleiner Marsch 1:55
4 IV. Passacaglia 11:13
     
 

String Quartet No. 6 in E flat major

 
5 I. Sehr ruhig und ausdrucksvoll 5:20
6 II. Lebhaft und sehr energisch 4:17
7 III. Ruhig. Variationen 8:21
8 IV. Breit und energisch 6:23
     
 

String Quartet No. 7 in E flat major

 
9 I. Fast 2:44
10 II. Quiet. Scherzando 2:33
11 III. Slow 6:02
12 IV. Canon: Moderately fast - Gay 4:49
     
 Sophisticated Lady Jazz Quartet Ensemble


As an elite string player, whose Amar Quartet was one of Europe’s most exploratory chamber groups, Hindemith was perfectly placed to write his powerful sequence of string quartets. One of the greatest quartets of its time, the technically sophisticated No. 5, Op. 32 reveals Hindemith as a master of the medium. Twenty years were to pass before No. 6 in E flat , written in America, which reveals similar qualities of control, whilst No. 7 in E flat was written for himself to play in a domestic setting with female students from Yale University and his wife, an amateur cellist. It concludes one of the twentieth century’s greatest cycles of quartets.

"... I would recommend the Amar even if it didn’t have advantages in price and availability. Let’s hope its final disc keeps up the good work."

James H North - Fanfare - July/August 2013


                         **** - Good

Guy Engels - Pizzicato magazine - June 2013


 "...The Seventh Quartet, Hindemith’s last, is a delightfully cheerful work that he wrote in 1945 to play as hausmusik with his wife and a couple of Yale students. It is as light as the Fifth is sense, and is just as good. William Bender reviewed the first volume of the set  (ARG - Nove/Dec 2012), and I heartily agree with him about the high quality of Hindemith’s musicand of the Amar Quartet’s interpretations."

Elaine Fine - American Record Guide - March/April 2013


                     Artistic Quality 10              Sound Quality 10
"...As with the previous releases in this series, the performances are all outstanding. The Amar Quartet, named after Hindemith’s own ensemble of the early 20th century, plays this music with a proprietary gusto worthy of the name. All of these pieces are, as already noted, highly contrapuntal—even the genial Seventh Quartet ends with a canon; but the playing here never sounds dry or mechanical, and the sonics are first rate. Connoisseurs of chamber music will find this disc an endless source of pleasure."
 
David Hurwitz - ClassicsToday.com - January 2013



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