Rosenberg String Quartets Nos. 1, 6 And 12

Hilding Rosenberg - String Quartets Nos. 1, 6 and 12  

Posted by tapaz9 at Jan. 2, 2014
Hilding Rosenberg - String Quartets Nos. 1, 6 and 12

Hilding Rosenberg - String Quartets Nos. 1, 6 and 12
Classical | EAC: FLAC+Cue+Log | 1 Cd, Covers | 327 Mb
Label:Caprice - Date:1988

Hilding Rosenberg (1892 – 1985), the patriarch of 20th century Swedish music, wrote altogether 14 string quartets , the first in 1920 and the final more than half a century later. This makes him one of the most prolific composers of chamber music in Scandinavia. Also artistically, by virtue of his very personal approach, his power of expression and his technical mastery, Rosenberg’s production is truly outstanding.
This is the the first CD in a series of 6, also available in a boxed set. It contains the quartets No. 1, 6, and 12 performed by the Kyndel Quratet, The Gotland Quartet and The Copenhagen String Quartet.
Bela Bartok & Tatrai Quartet - String Quartets Nos 1-6 Divertimento (1992)

Bela Bartok & Tatrai Quartet - String Quartets Nos 1-6 Divertimento (1992)
Classical | MP3 CBR 320 kbps | 02:57:05 | 405 MB
Label: Hungaroton

The inclusion of a fine performance of the Divertimento composed just before the 6th Quartet is a welcome bonus on this set. The recordings date from 1966 (quartets) and 1964 (Divertimento, Hungarian Chamber Orchestra led by Vilmos Tátrai), and they sound very good, though dry compared with the excellent Takacs recording, which is justly regarded as one of the finest chamber music recordings yet made. Among the three I would recommend Takacs for those getting to know the music and wanting a 'best' recording performance, sound, the whole ball of wax. Otherwise, one can't go wrong with any of these (the Vegh set being a personal favorite), and the inclusion of the Divertimento makes this Tátrai recording a very attractive choice.

Hilding Rosenberg - String Quartets Nos. 2, 5 and 8  

Posted by tapaz9 at Jan. 20, 2014
Hilding Rosenberg - String Quartets Nos. 2, 5 and 8

Hilding Rosenberg - String Quartets Nos. 2, 5 and 8
Classical | EAC: FLAC+Cue+Log | 1 Cd, Covers | 325 Mb
Label:Caprice - Date:1988

Hilding Rosenberg (1892-1985), the patriarch of 20th century Swedish music, wrote altogether 14 string quartets, the first in 1920 and the final more than half a century later. This makes him one of the most prolific composers of chamber music in Scandinavia. Also artistically, by virtue of his very personal approach, his power of expression and his technical mastery, Rosenberg’s production is truly outstanding. This CD contains the Quartets No. 2, 5 and 8. The participating musicians are: The Lysell Quartet and The Gotland Quartet.
Benjamin Lees - String Quartets Nos. 1, 5 and 6 (Cypress String Quartet)

Benjamin Lees - String Quartets Nos. 1, 5 and 6 (Cypress String Quartet)
Classical | EAC: FLAC+Cue+Log | 1 Cd, Covers + Booklet | 359 Mb
Label: Naxos - Date: 2009

The highly personal style of American composer Benjamin Lees lends his music the lofty grandeur and sardonic wit, not only of Shostakovich but also of the Cubist and Surrealist artists, all of whom he so admires. Lees, who also shares Britten’s refined sense of harmony, delights in contrasts and surprises, enthralling the listener at every turn from the lyrical to the burlesque, the romantic to the brusque. His fifth string quartet was chosen by Chamber Music America as one of its 101 Great Ensemble Works.
Krzysztof Meyer - String Quartets Nos. 5, 6 and 8 (Wieniawski String Quartet)

Krzysztof Meyer - String Quartets Nos. 5, 6 and 8 (Wieniawski String Quartet)
EAC | FLAC+CUE+LOG | Covers | 1 CD | 317 MB | Filesonic
XX Century Classical | Released: 2009 | Label: Naxos

The Wieniawski String Quartet makes its Naxos début with three important chamber compositions by its much-awarded compatriot Krzysztof Meyer, whose musical homeland is the chamber music of Viennese Classicism, enlivened with a dash of Bartok’s spicy musical accent. The composer describes his twelve string quartets as ‘sound-stories told with musical elements that the listener would care about, and not just a stream of acoustic stimuli’. High drama, playfulness, intense lyricism and narrative cohesion are the hallmarks of these splendid works.
Edmund Rubbra - String Quartets Nos. 1, 3 and 4 (Maggini Quartet)

Edmund Rubbra - String Quartets Nos. 1, 3 and 4 (Maggini Quartet)
XX Century Classical | 1 CD's | EAC - Rip | Flac, IMG+CUE+LOG | Front and Back covers included | 246 MB | Filesonic
Publisher: Naxos

The Maggini Quartet’s Naxos recording of Edmund Rubbra’s String Quartet No. 2 (8.572286) was praised as ‘superbly integrated…undeniably a great success’ by Gramophone. His remaining three string quartets, heard here, mark Rubbra as a great, though still undervalued, English composer whose music boasts an inexhaustible sense of freshness, a richly hued emotional palette and an abiding sense of optimism.
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.
Doric String Quartet & Allison Bell - Brett Dean: Epitaphs, String Quartets Nos. 1 & 2 (2015)

Doric String Quartet & Allison Bell - Brett Dean: Epitaphs, String Quartets Nos. 1 & 2
Classical | FLAC (tracks) 24-bit/96 kHz | 61:43 min | 0.97 GB | Digital booklet
Label: Chandos Records (CHAN 10873) | Tracks: 13 | Rls.date: 2015

Australian composer and violist Brett Dean has won many prizes for his orchestral and chamber compositions, including the most renowned of them in 2009, the Grawemeyer Award. Today his works are performed all over the world and highly praised for their aplomb and power of expression as well as their ready accessibility to listeners.
Dmitri Shostakovich - Mandelring Quartett - String Quartets Nos. 1, 2 & 4 (2006) {Hybrid-SACD // EAC Rip}

Dmitri Shostakovich - Mandelring Quartett - String Quartets Nos. 1, 2 & 4
EAC+LOG+CUE | FLAC: 295 MB | Full Artwork: 84 MB | 5% Recovery Info
Label/Cat#: Audite # 92.526 | Country/Year: Germany 2006
Genre: Classical | Style: Contemporary

"A triumphant start to what heralds to be one of the best Shostakovich quartet cycles imaginable. (…) Highly recommended." 5/5 ~sa-cd.net
Dmitri Shostakovich - Mandelring Quartett - String Quartets Nos. 1, 2 & 4 (2006) {Hybrid-SACD // ISO & HiRes FLAC}

Dmitri Shostakovich - Mandelring Quartett - String Quartets Nos. 1, 2 & 4
SACD ISO (2.0/MCH): 3,30 GB | 24B/88,2kHz Stereo FLAC: 1,12 GB | Full Artwork
Label/Cat#: Audite # 92.526 | Country/Year: Germany 2006 | 5% Recovery Info
Genre: Classical | Style: Contemporary

"A triumphant start to what heralds to be one of the best Shostakovich quartet cycles imaginable. (…) Highly recommended." 5/5 ~sa-cd.net