BRAHMS: String Quartets Nos. 1 and 2

BRAHMS: String Quartets Nos. 1 and 2

Brahms’s two String Quartets, Op. 51 were the first he published but, completed in his 40th year, are very much mature masterpieces. He was very conscious of the tradition that lay behind the quartet genre, and the spirits of Haydn, Mozart, Beethoven and Schubert ensured that he took the greatest of care when preparing his own quartets. Each perfectly proportioned movement of these works creates its own unique expressive narrative, exploring bitter-sweet tonalities and thematic treatment ranging from tender lyricism to dramatic intensity. Recorded at St Ann's Anglican Church, Toronto, Ontario, Canada from 16th - 18th July, 2014.

 

July 2016 Naxos Classical Catalogue 8.573433

Producer: Norbert Kraft & Bonnie Silver

Engineer: Norbert Kraft

 

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Track Listing

String Quartet No. 1 in C Minor, Op. 51, No. 1

i. Allegro

ii. Romanze: Poco adagio

iii. Allegretto molto moderato e comodo

iv. Allegro

 

String Quartet No. 2 in A Minor, Op. 51, No. 2

i. Allegro non troppo

ii. Andante moderato

iii. Quasi Minuetto, moderato

iv. Finale: Allegro non assai

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