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String Quartets from Fibich to Sibelius Purchase Now 

Bill continues his in-depth look at the string quartet’s history and development this week with a focus on Zdeněk Fibich, Jean Sibelius, and their contemporaries.
 
 
Program 1

Zdeněk Fibich: Poème (excerpt)

Takako Nishizaki, v.; Jenö Jandó, p.

Naxos 8.550306

1:36

 

Fibich: String Quartet No. 1 in A, II & III

Panocha Quartet

Supraphon 3470 2 131

9:34

 

Fibich: String Quartet No. 2 in G, I-III

Panocha Quartet

Supraphon 3470 2 131

18:26

 

Jean Sibelius: String Quartet in E-flat, JS 184, I & III,  IV (excerpt)

Sibelius Academy Quartet

Finlandia 40872

11:19, 3:41

 

Hugo Wolf: Italian Serenade in G Major

Brodsky Quartet

Chan 10761

6:49

Program 2

Vincent d'Indy: String Quartet No. 1 in D Major, Op. 35

II. Lent et calme 

III. Assez modéré 

Chilingirian Quartet

Hyperion 67097

15:36

 

Ernest Chausson: String Quartet in C Minor, Op. 35

II. Très calme

III. Gaiement, pas trop vite

Chilingirian Quartet

Hyperion 67097

15:41

 

Richard Strauss: String Quartet in A, Op. 2 

Allegro Molto 

Trio: Un Poco Meno

Portland Quartet

Arabesque Z6521

4:12

 

Jean Sibelius: String Quartet In A Minor

III. Vivace

IV. Allegro 

Sibelius Academy Quartet

Finlandia 40872

12:04

 
Program 3

Debussy: String Quartet In G Minor, Op. 10

I. Animé Et Très Décidé

II. Assez Vif Et Bien Rythmé

III. Andantino

IV. Très Modéré, Très Animé

Emerson Quartet

DG 445509

1:13, :23, 24:44, 2:42

 

Amy Cheney Beach: String Quartet in One Movement, Op. 89

Lark Quartet

Arab 6747

14:58, :57

 

Beach: Allegro con Brio from Piano Trio

Diane Pascal, vln.; Astrid Schween, vc.; Diane Polk, p. 

Arab 6747

4:31

 
 
 
Program 4
Program 5

Jean Sibelius: String Quartet In D Minor, Op. 56, 

Voces Intimae

I. Andante, Allegro Molto Moderato 6:21

II. Vivace 2:29 6 of 9  

III. Adagio Di Molto 9:13 7 of 9

IV. Allegretto 6:14 8 of 9

V. Allegro 4:48 9 of 9

Guarneri Quartet  

Phil 426286    

1:02, :38, :12, 28:59, 1:12

 

Emil von Reznicek: Quartet No. 1 In C-Sharp Minor

Franz Schubert Quartet

Nimbus 5506

19:29

 

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