Symonowski Quartets

Shostakovich - The Shostakovich Quartet - Complete String Quartets (2010) (Box Set 5CD)

Shostakovich - The Shostakovich Quartet - Complete String Quartets (2010) (Box Set 5CD)
XLD Rip | FLAC (tracks+.cue, log) | Covers | 1793 mb | MP3 CBR 320kbps | RAR | 899 mb
Classical, Chamber Music | Label: Alto - ALC 5002

The staying power of the Russian composer Dmitri Shostakovich’s string quartets rivals that of his symphonies. His quartets are deeply personal works – intensely autobiographical, confessional, intimate, intensely emotional – and among the most insightful works in the quartet repertoire.
Utrecht String Quartet - Alexander Grechaninov: String Quartets Op. 75 & 124 (2006)

Utrecht String Quartet - Alexander Grechaninov: String Quartets Op. 75 & 124 (2006)
XLD | FLAC | Image (Cue&Log) ~ 339 Mb (incl 5%) | Mp3 (CBR320) ~ 182 Mb (incl 5%) | Scans included
Genre: Classical | Label: MDG Scene | # MDG 603 1388-2 | Time: 01:08:38

Grechaninov was born in Moscow a year before Sibelius and also died in New York a year before Sibelius. He was taught by Rimsky-Korsakov. His music did not migrate far from his roots and continued to write in that style well after the 1917 revolution had led to exile first in France and then in the USA. A prolific composer in all the usual genres, his reputation seems to rest mainly on choral music and to be rather tainted by suggestions of lack of originality. Certainly, by comparison with his near contemporary Sibelius, his style did not develop much, meaning it is rather hard to believe the fourth quartet was written as late as 1929. But, listening to this disc, I sometimes found the music hard to place and was not continually reminded of other composers, surely one sign of an original voice. There are four Grechaninov string quartets and this offering completes the Utrecht Quartet’s cycle. The previous disc was well-received by Michael Cookson three years ago (see review). Both works are in four movements with the slow movement placed second. They are fairly conventional but well-crafted and pleasant listening.
Utrecht String Quartet - Alexander Grechaninov: String Quartets Op. 2 & 70 (2003)

Utrecht String Quartet - Alexander Grechaninov: String Quartets Op. 2 & 70 (2003)
XLD | FLAC | Image (Cue&Log) ~ 278 Mb (incl 5%) | Mp3 (CBR320) ~ 158 Mb (incl 5%) | Scans included
Genre: Classical | Label: MDG Scene | # MDG 603 1157-2 | Time: 00:58:34

Grechaninov tends to be remembered rather tepidly as a conservative relic from Imperial Russia. Yet his progress as a child of the 1860s went as far as one might reasonably expect, from the healthy absorption of 19th-century Russian masters in the Op. 2 Quartet, his self-styled ‘first large independent work’, to the chromatic experimentation of the D minor Quartet, composed in 1913. They make a pretty pair. The warm, slightly laid-back approach of the likeable Utrecht Quartet fits the simple folksiness of the earlier piece like a delicately fashioned glove, making modest claims for a humble offshoot of Borodin’s glorious Second Quartet, with a discreet dash of Tchaikovskian melancholy. A more urgent, forward-moving approach would surely make a better case for the seemingly fragmented gestures of Op. 70’s opening movement; but first violinist Eeva Koskinen’s unaffected way with the Largo melody before fugal earnestness takes over is ideal, and an equally natural robustness highlights Grechaninov’s instinctive if hard-fought goodbye to chromaticism in much the more successful and meaningful of the two finales. Worth investigating, but there’s no doubt that Taneyev is a long way in front of Grechaninov as master of turn-of-the-century Russian chamber music.
Schoenberg, Berg, Webern, Zemlinsky  - Complete String Quartets (2013) (LaSalle Quartet) (6CD Box set)  {Deutsche Grammophon}

Schoenberg, Berg, Webern, Zemlinsky - Complete String Quartets (2013) (LaSalle Quartet) (6CD Box set)
EAC Rip | FLAC (tracks+.cue, log) | Artwork | 1720 mb | MP3 CBR 320kbps | RAR | 902 mb
Classical | Label: Deutsche Grammophon / B00E5YNBSU

These first complete recordings of the string quartets of Schoenberg, Berg, Webern and Zemlinsky have won numerous international awards and been hailed as landmarks in the discography of 20th-century music. Impeccable ensemble, superbly blended timbre and pure intonation ….This set [Schoenberg, Berg, Webern] is indeed a wonderful achievement (MusicWeb International). Febrile intensity and faultless proportioning of each formal structure [Zemlinsky] (Guardian).

ISOS Quartet - Max Bruch: String Quartets No. 1 & 2 (1997)  Music

Posted by Designol at Jan. 12, 2017
ISOS Quartet - Max Bruch: String Quartets No. 1 & 2 (1997)

ISOS Quartet - Max Bruch: String Quartets No. 1 & 2 (1997)
EAC | FLAC | Tracks (Cue&Log) ~ 278 Mb (incl 5%) | Mp3 (CBR320) ~ 166 Mb (incl 5%) | Scans included
Genre: Classical | Label: KOCH/Schwann | # 3-6486-2 H1 | Time: 00:52:48

From an early age Max Bruch had enjoyed the ideal conditions for becoming a composer: his family had considerable cultural awareness and gave him all the support he needed. He had already composed not only a (lost) symphony but a significant proportion of his chamber music while still a student. The two youthful String Quartets Op.9 in C minor and Op.10 in E major show a Romantic exuberance poured into classic and classical moulds. The members of the ISOS Quartet — Isabelle van Keulen, Katharine Gowers, Vladimir Mendelssohn and Imke Frank — know each other from several important summer festivals as Lockenhaus and Kuhmo. As their CD debut, they recorded both string quartets by Max Bruch exclusively for Koch International Schwann.

Cambini Quartet - Joseph Teixidor: String Quartets (2010)  Music

Posted by tirexiss at Jan. 6, 2017
Cambini Quartet - Joseph Teixidor: String Quartets (2010)

Cambini Quartet - Joseph Teixidor: String Quartets (2010)
EAC | FLAC (image+.cue, log) | Covers Included | 61:04 | 335 MB
Genre: Classical | Label: la mà de guido | Catalog: LMG2093

Few specifics are available regarding Spanish composer Josep Teixidor. Not even the date of his death nor the publication dates for many of his works are known for certain. It is not surprising that his music should be so little known. With so few examples of music from the Classical period outside of Germany and Italy, it is instructive to hear what was going on in nearby countries, and especially to notice just how far the long arms of masters such as Boccherini and Haydn reached. This album features three of his known string quartets, a genre certainly informed by Teixidor's knowledge of Haydn. The quartets are firmly rooted in Classical tradition, with no alarming or startling innovations to be found.

Diogenes Quartett - Bruch: String Quartets, Op. 9 & 10 (2016)  Music

Posted by Pisulik at Jan. 2, 2017
Diogenes Quartett - Bruch: String Quartets, Op. 9 & 10 (2016)

Diogenes Quartett - Bruch: String Quartets, Op. 9 & 10 (2016)
EAC Rip | FLAC (Tracks) +cue, log, artworks - 422 MB | MP3 CBR 320 kbps - 226 MB | 01:19:56
Classical | Label: Brilliant Classics | Release Year: 2016

This CD includes three works by Max Bruch: his String Quartet in C minor Op. 9, his String Quartet in E major Op. 10, and for the first time ever recorded, his String Quartet in C minor Op. Posth. The well known quartets, Op. 9 and Op. 10, are charming works, indicative of the composers classic style. They contain warm sonorities and catchy melodies, creating a cheerful atmosphere. In 2013 a quartet was found in the Mozart-Stiftung in Frankfurt. After extensive research, it was discovered that the quartet was by a 14-year-old Bruch. The world premiere recording is featured here. Performing these works is the German Diogenes Quartet. English and German liner notes are included with this album.
Cuarteto Casals - Live in Barcelona - Franz Schubert: String Quartets # 1 (2016) [Blu-ray & DVD9]

Cuarteto Casals - Live in Barcelona - Franz Schubert: String Quartets # 1 (2016)
Blu-ray: MPEG-4 AVC 21253 kbps, 1920*1080i, 25 fps, 16:9, High Profile 4.1
LPCM 5.1, 96 kHz, 13824 kbps, 24-bit / LPCM 2.0, 96 kHz, 4608 kbps, 24-bit
DVD9: MPEG 2, 720x576 (16:9), 25.000 fps | PCM 96.0 KHz, 2 ch, 4 608 Kbps
Classical | Neu Records | 01:13:37 | ~ 22.80 or 5.21 Gb

Schubert's 'Death and the Maiden' Quartet is now available on Blu-Ray, DVD and HD video to download. The concert includes the early quartets in D Major D74 and B-flat Major D68 as well as the monumental 'Death and the Maiden' D810, and it's the first release of the Cuarteto Casals' five disc set of live performances of the complete quartets of Franz Schubert…
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.
Chilingirian Quartet - Edvard Grieg: String Quartets (1999) Reissue 2007

Chilingirian Quartet - Edvard Grieg: String Quartets (1999) Reissue 2007
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue&Log) ~ 315 Mb (incl 5%) | Mp3 (CBR320) ~ 159 Mb (incl 5%) | Scans included
Genre: Classical | Label: Helios/Hyperion | # CDH55299 | Time: 01:04:26

Franz Liszt, writing about Grieg's String Quartet No 1, declared: 'It is long time since I have encountered a new composition, especially a string quartet, which has intrigued me as greatly as this distinctive and admirable work by Grieg'. Grieg himself said that his quartet '… aims at breadth; to soar, and above all at a vigorous sound for the instruments for which it is written.' In 1891, Edvard Grieg started his second quartet, but sadly lacked inspiration and time to finish the last two movements. Levon Chilingirian of the Chilingirian Quartet has studied the original manuscripts of the first two movements (which have many clarifying instructions added by Julius Röntgen in preparation for their printing by C F Peters in 1908) and prepared the third and fourth movements especially for this recording. This is therefore a first recording of the completed String Quartet No 2.