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An Intelligent Conversation: String Quartets

Goethe once wrote, “When I listen to a string quartet, it makes me feel as if I am eavesdropping on a conversation between four intelligent people.”  This week we are going to listen to string quartets composed over a period of about two and a half centuries. From Joseph Haydn, the father of the string quartet, all the way to Aaron Jay Kernis, a Pulitzer prize-winning present-day composer.

Program 1

Haydn: Quartet for Strings in E flat major, Op. 9 No. 2
Angeles String Quartet
Phi 464650

Haydn: Quartet for Strings in D major, Op. 64 No. 5, Lark, I
Hagen Quartet
DG 423622 2

Mozart: Quartet for Strings No. 19 in C major, Dissonance, I + II & IV (excerpts as intro and outro music)
Julliard Quartet
Sony 62707
10:50 + :50 & 1:26

Beethoven: Quartet for Strings No. 13 in B flat major, Op. 130, Cavatina
Emerson Quartet
DG 447075

Beethoven: Quartet for Strings Op. 59 No. 3, Razumovsky, IV
Amadeus Quartet
Lon 421364


Program 2

Schubert: Quartet for Strings No.15 in Gmajor, D 887, I
Kremer, v.; Phillips, v.; Kashkashian, vla.; Ma, vc.
CBS 42134

Schubert: Quartet for Strings No. 14, D 810, Death and the Maiden, scherzo + II (excerpt)
Artis Quartet
Sony 52582
3:31, 1:04
Mendelssohn: Quartet for Strings, Op. 44 No. 2, I & II
Talich Quartet
Calliope 9302
Schumann: Quartet for Strings, Op. 41 No. 3, I
Eroica Quartet
HM 907270
Schumann: Quartet for Strings Op.41 No. 1, scherzo
Lark Quartet
Arab 6696


Program 3

Brahms: Quartet for Strings in a minor, Op. 51 No. 2, I 7 II
Alban Berg Quartet
Teldec 8.42115

Smetana: Quartet for Strings in e minor, No. 1, I
Guarneri Quartet
Phi 420 803
Dvorák: Quartet for Strings in Eb major, Op. 51, I & II
Alban Berg Quartet
EMI 57013
Borodin: Quartet for Strings in D major, No. 2, II
St. Petersburg String Quartet
Sony 64097
Tchaikovsky: Quartet for Strings No. 2, finale (excerpt)
Borodin String Quartet
EMI 49775


Program 4

Grieg: Quartet for Strings in g minor, Op. 27, excerpts + II (complete)
Chilingirian String Quartet
Hyp 67117
:42, :12, :15, :12, 6:02

Verdi: Quartet for Strings in E minor, I & III
Julliard String Quartet
Sony 48193
Debussy: Quartet for Strings in g minor, Op. 10, I
Quartet Ysaye
Lon 430 434
Sibelius: Quartet for Strings in D minor, Op. 56,  Voces intimae, III
Melos Quartet
HM 901671
Schoenberg: Quartet for Strings No. 2 Op. 10, I
Schoenberg String Quartet
Chan 9939
Ives: Quartet for Strings No. 2, II
Emerson String Quartet
DG 435864


Program 5

Barber: String Quartet, Op. 11, II & III (excerpts)
Emerson String Quartet
DG 435864
:45, 6:51, :41, 1:25

Ravel: Quartet for Strings in F major, I
Britten Quartet
EMI 54346

Hindemith: Quartet for Strings in F minor No. 1, Op. 10, I
Julliard String Quartet
Wergo 6622

Bartók: Quartet forStrings No.5, Sz. 102, III
Takács Quartet
Lon 455297

Britten: Quartet for Strings in D major, op. 25, I (excerpt) + IV
Endellion String Quartet
EMI 47695
:11, 3:47

Kernis: Quartet for Strings, No. 2, Musica celestis, II
Lark Quartet
Arab 6727




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