Charles Koechlin String Quartets

Charles Koechlin - String Quartets Nos. 1 & 2 (Ardeo String Quartet)

Charles Koechlin - String Quartets Nos. 1 & 2 (Ardeo String Quartet)
Classical | EAC: FLAC+Cue+Log | 1 Cd, Covers + Booklet | 319 Mb
Date: 2006

Admirers of the string quartets of Gabriel Fauré, Claude Debussy, and Maurice Ravel will be happy to discover the refined string quartets of Charles Koechlin, a contemporary of those composers who wrote in a rather similar vein. These attractive chamber works, like the rest of Koechlin's oeuvre, are quite obscure and had been unduly neglected until the Ardeo Quartet chose to record them for its debut CD on Ar Re-Se. The String Quartet No. 1 in D major, Op. 51, is dated 1911-1913, though it appears to have gestated since 1902, and the String Quartet No. 2, Op. 57, was mostly composed between 1911 and 1916, though its sketches show some material going back to 1909; both works therefore partake of musical styles developed between fin de siècle Impressionism and the later …….
Blair Sanderson @ Allmusic.com
Haydn - String Quartets, Op.55 Nos.2-3, Op.64, Op.71 No.1-2 (The Aeolian String Quartet) (2009)

Haydn - String Quartets, Op.55 Nos.2-3, Op.64, Op.71 No.1-2 (The Aeolian String Quartet)
Classical | DECCA 478 1267 | 2009 | TT: 69:55+77:10+57:05 | EAC (FLAC, cue, log) | Covers | 945 Mb

The Aeolian Quartet's epic cycle, originally released in the Seventies, was one of the gramophone's major contributions to Haydn's cause. Listening to the performances anew I find they have lost none of their freshness: they were based on the latest research, and the playing itself is always intelligent and thoughtful, with Emanuel Hurwitz's sweet-toned violin-playing a great asset throughout. (Misha Donat)
Elias String Quartet - Ludwig van Beethoven: The Complete String Quartets, Vol.1 (2015) 2 CDs

Elias String Quartet - Ludwig van Beethoven: The Complete String Quartets, Vol.1 (2015)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue&Log) ~ 509 Mb (incl 5%) | Mp3 (CBR320) ~ 275 Mb (incl 5%) | Scans included
Genre: Classical | Label: Wigmore Hall Live | # WHL0073/2 | Time: 01:53:30

At the heart of Beethoven’s life’s statement as a composer lies the cycle of sixteen string quartets, which, to this day, has retained a special status and reverence. Since 2012, the Elias String Quartet has been immersed in its Beethoven Project, performing all Beethoven’s string quartets at venues throughout the UK. In this live recording, the ensemble captures both the intimacy and grandeur of the works. With an ever-expanding recording catalogue that has been met with widespread critical acclaim, the quartet is delighted to release this disc, the first volume of its complete Beethoven cycle to be recorded live at Wigmore Hall over the coming Seasons.
Haydn - String Quartets, Op.50 Nos.2-6, Op.54, Op.55 No.1 (The Aeolian String Quartet) (2009)

Haydn - String Quartets, Op.50 Nos.2-6, Op.54, Op.55 No.1 (The Aeolian String Quartet)
Classical | DECCA 478 1267 | 2009 | TT: 62:50+62:16+61:00 | EAC (FLAC, cue, log) | Covers | 890 Mb

The Aeolian Quartet's epic cycle, originally released in the Seventies, was one of the gramophone's major contributions to Haydn's cause. Listening to the performances anew I find they have lost none of their freshness: they were based on the latest research, and the playing itself is always intelligent and thoughtful, with Emanuel Hurwitz's sweet-toned violin-playing a great asset throughout. (Misha Donat)
Haydn - String Quartets, Op.33, Op.42, Op.50 No.1 (The Aeolian String Quartet) (2009)

Haydn - String Quartets, Op.33, Op.42, Op.50 No.1 (The Aeolian String Quartet)
Classical | DECCA 478 1267 | 2009 | TT: 72:50+73:00 | EAC (FLAC, cue, log) | Covers | 700 Mb

The Aeolian Quartet's epic cycle, originally released in the Seventies, was one of the gramophone's major contributions to Haydn's cause. Listening to the performances anew I find they have lost none of their freshness: they were based on the latest research, and the playing itself is always intelligent and thoughtful, with Emanuel Hurwitz's sweet-toned violin-playing a great asset throughout. (Misha Donat)
Haydn - 6 String Quartets, Op. 20 (The Aeolian String Quartet) (2009)

Haydn - 6 String Quartets, Op. 20 (The Aeolian String Quartet)
Classical | DECCA 478 1267 | 2009 | TT: 66:42+63:00 | EAC (FLAC, cue, log) | Covers | 617 MB

The Aeolian Quartet's epic cycle, originally released in the Seventies, was one of the gramophone's major contributions to Haydn's cause. Listening to the performances anew I find they have lost none of their freshness: they were based on the latest research, and the playing itself is always intelligent and thoughtful, with Emanuel Hurwitz's sweet-toned violin-playing a great asset throughout. (Misha Donat)
Johannes Brahms - Alban Berg Quartett - String Quartets & Piano Quintet (2016) {2CD Warner Classics}

Johannes Brahms - Alban Berg Quartett - String Quartets & Piano Quintet (2016) {2CD Warner Classics}
EAC rip (secure mode) | FLAC (tracks)+CUE+LOG -> 642 Mb | MP3 @320 -> 340 Mb
Full Artwork @ 300 dpi (png) -> 87 Mb | 5% repair rar
© 2016 Warner Classics / Parlophone | 2564677147
Classical / Romantic / Chamber Music

All three of Brahms’ string quartets appear in this 2-CD set, along with his piano quintet, recorded live at the Vienna Konzerthaus, where Elisabeth Leonskaja joined the members of the Alban Berg Quartett. The ensemble’s name honours the continuity and vigour of Vienna’s long musical tradition, which reached one of its Romantic highpoints with these chamber masterworks, composed in the 1860s and 1870s.
Doric String Quartet, Allison Bell - Brett Dean: Epitaphs; String Quartets Nos. 1 & 2 (2015)

Brett Dean - Epitaphs; String Quartets Nos. 1 & 2 (2015)
Doric String Quartet; Allison Bell, soprano; Brett Dean, viola

EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue&Log) ~ 246 Mb (incl 5%) | Mp3 (CBR320) ~ 153 Mb (incl 5%) | Scans included
Genre: Classical, Contemporary | Label: Chandos | # CHAN 10873 | Time: 01:01:50

Brett Dean is not shy about revealing what his music is ‘about’. Whether inspired by certain individuals (as in Epitaphs), or by an ecological or human disaster (as in his String Quartet No. 1, on the now all too topical plight of refugees), Dean’s works are usually – perhaps invariably – driven by extra-musical narratives. Rather than tease out any innate structural puzzles or tensions, his music typically falls into short little dramatic narratives – no movement on this disc lasts as long as eight minutes, many of them rather less than five. The most obviously successful work here is Quartet No. 2, ‘And once I played Ophelia’, effectively a dramatic scena. Its soprano soloist is no mere extra voice (as in Schoenberg’s Second Quartet) but the leading protagonist. Allison Bell’s genuinely affecting performance is backed by the Doric Quartet’s expressionist scampering and sustained harmonies, the strings occasionally coming to the fore in the manner of a Schumann-style song postlude.
Haydn - 6 String Quartets, Op. 17 (The Aeolian String Quartet) (2009)

Haydn - 6 String Quartets, Op. 17 (The Aeolian String Quartet)
Classical | DECCA 478 1267 | 2009 | TT: 72:09+61:00 | EAC (FLAC, cue, log) | Covers | 668 MB

The Aeolian Quartet's epic cycle, originally released in the Seventies, was one of the gramophone's major contributions to Haydn's cause. Listening to the performances anew I find they have lost none of their freshness: they were based on the latest research, and the playing itself is always intelligent and thoughtful, with Emanuel Hurwitz's sweet-toned violin-playing a great asset throughout. (Misha Donat)
Haydn - 6 String Quartets, Op. 9 (The Aeolian String Quartet) (2009)

Haydn - 6 String Quartets, Op. 9 (The Aeolian String Quartet)
Classical | DECCA 478 1267 | 2009 | TT: 60:58+60:21 | EAC (FLAC, cue, log) | Covers | 585 MB

The Aeolian Quartet's epic cycle, originally released in the Seventies, was one of the gramophone's major contributions to Haydn's cause. Listening to the performances anew I find they have lost none of their freshness: they were based on the latest research, and the playing itself is always intelligent and thoughtful, with Emanuel Hurwitz's sweet-toned violin-playing a great asset throughout. (Misha Donat)