String Quartet - A 'Project Climax' Subcategory - 13 CDs

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String Quartet - A 'Project Climax' Subcategory - 13 CDs

String Quartet
The string quartet is to chamber music what the symphony is to the orchestra: the most popular and prestigious form. A string quartet is written for two violins, a viola, and a cello, and typically has four movements. The first movement is usually fast and contains two or three themes that are repeated and developed throughout the movement. The second movement is usually slow and lyrical, while the third movement is in a dance style such as waltz, minuet, or scherzo. The finale may take on any of a number of forms, including theme and variations, rondo (one repeated theme and a number of unrelated themes), or the same form as the first movement.

The string quartet developed in Germany and Austria in the years 1750-80 from the divertimento, chamber music that could feature any number of players and was intended as a light diversion or background music. Gradually the number of players was standardized at four and the music took on a more serious character. Haydn wrote 83 quartets and is known as the "father of the string quartet," while Beethoven's sixteen greatly widened the expressive range of the four instruments. In the nineteenth century the quartet was regarded as the supreme form of chamber music, and all of the great composers (including Schubert, Schumann, Mendelssohn, Brahms, and Tchaikovsky) wrote several. Beginning with Beethoven, composers wrote string quartets to give expression to their most intimate personal feelings. This trend continued through the twentieth century in the powerful quartets of Schoenberg, Bartók, Shostakovich, and others.

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String Quartet - A 'Project Climax' Subcategory - 13 CDs
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01 - Beethoven; The String Quartets Op.59 1-3 & 74 - Takacs Quartet (Decca 2002) 2 CDs

02 - Schubert; 'Trout' Quintet & 'Death and the Maiden' - Amadeus Quartet (DG 1997)

03 - Shostakovich; String Quartet Nos. 2,3,7,8 & 12 - Borodin Quartet (Virgin 2000) 2 CDs

04 - Mozart; String Quartets Nos. 14-23 - Gerhard Schulz & Alban Berg Quartet (Teldec 1994) 5 CDs

05 - Debussy, Dutilleux, Ravel; String Quartets - Belcea Quartet (EMI 2001)

06 - Haydn; String Quartets Op. 76 Nos. 1-6 - The Lindsays (ASV 2000) 2 CDs

07 - Beethoven; The Late String Quartets Opp.95, 127, 130-133 & 135 - Takacs Quartet (Decca 2004) 3 CDs

08 - Brahms; String Quartets No. 1 & 2 Op. 51, No. 3 Op. 67 - Amadeus String Quartet (DG 1998)

09 - Dvorák, Tchaikovsky & Borodin; Quartets - Emerson String Quartet (DG 1995)

10 - Janacek & Dvorak; String Quartets - The Lindsays (ASV 1993)

11 - Philip Glass; Kronos Quartet performs Philip Glass (Nonesuch 1995)

12 - Schubert; The Last Four Quartets - Rossi, Farulli & Quartetto Italiano (Philips 1995) 2 CDs

13 - Schumann: String Quartets Nos. 1-3, Op. 41 - Eroica Quartet (Harmonia Mundi 2001)