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Leipziger Streichquartett - Ives: Complete Music for String Quartet (2002)

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Leipziger Streichquartett - Ives: Complete Music for String Quartet (2002)

Leipziger Streichquartett - Ives: Complete Music for String Quartet (2002)
WEB | FLAC (tracks) - 308 MB | 01:05:47
Genre: Classical | Label: MDG Gold

Charles Ives’s innovations, his seemingly cluttered experiments, his use of quotation (from indigenous folk-tunes to Beethoven’s Fifth!) and his visionary ability to suggest and collide his childhood (Holidays Symphony) and look beyond ourselves (The Unanswered Question) has his detractors seeing him, at best, as eccentric. This CD brings maximum contrast from the off – first comes the 90-second Scherzo, gnarled and angular, from a European acolyte of radical Schoenberg maybe, which is followed by the hymnal opening of the First Quartet, music that became the third movement of Ives’s remarkable Fourth Symphony, and which could easily have been composed by Dvorak in America, save the harmony wouldn’t have ’slipped’ so much! This Quartet, completed in 1902, is in the conventional four movements.

Leipziger Streichquartett, Hartmut Rohde - Bruckner: String Quintet in F Major & String Quartet in C Minor (2005)

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Leipziger Streichquartett, Hartmut Rohde - Bruckner: String Quintet in F Major & String Quartet in C Minor (2005)

Leipziger Streichquartett, Hartmut Rohde - Bruckner: String Quintet in F Major & String Quartet in C Minor (2005)
WEB | FLAC (tracks) - 305 MB | 01:06:33
Genre: Classical | Label: MDG Gold

Very beautifully, very powerfully, very affectionately played, the Leipziger Streichquartett's 2005 recording of Bruckner's String Quintet and String Quartet just misses being a great recording. While the Leipzig quartet has made tremendous recordings in the past – Beethoven and especially Schubert recordings are as fine and as deep and as true as the best in the postwar period – its Bruckner has everything going for it except profundity. In the quintet, its structure in the opening Gemässig, while wonderfully controlled, misses the sense of expansive inclusiveness it needs to convince.

Olga Gollej, Julian Steckel, Leipziger Streichquartett - Klughardt: Piano & String Quintet (2010)

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Olga Gollej, Julian Steckel, Leipziger Streichquartett - Klughardt: Piano & String Quintet (2010)

Olga Gollej, Julian Steckel, Leipziger Streichquartett - Klughardt: Piano & String Quintet (2010)
WEB | FLAC (tracks) - 321 MB | 01:10:00
Genre: Classical | Label: MDG Gold

Largely forgotten now, composer August Klughardt was active during the last half of the 19th century, a time of much diversion and expansion of musical ideas. Rather than following any one of these emerging schools of composition, Klughardt incorporated concepts and trends from a variety of sources into an eclectic but unfocused compositional style. This MDG Gold album begins with his Piano Quintet in G minor, Op. 43. Spun, singing melodies of Schumann can be heard, along with sometimes rich harmonization of Brahms and folk-like idioms of Dvorák.

Leipziger Streichquartett, Barbara Buntrock - Mendelssohn: String Quintets (2013)

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Leipziger Streichquartett, Barbara Buntrock - Mendelssohn: String Quintets (2013)

Leipziger Streichquartett, Barbara Buntrock - Mendelssohn: String Quintets (2013)
WEB | FLAC (tracks) - 286 MB | 56:50
Genre: Classical | Label: MDG Gold

The 21st century has seen a certain revival of interest in Felix Mendelssohn's chamber music, and an entry in the field from the German audiophile label MDG is welcome. In the realm of engineering, this recording is superb even by MDG's high standards, with startlingly clear, immediate, yet never overwhelming sound captured at one of the label's favorite haunts, the Konzerthaus der Abtei Marienmünster (a historic abbey). The effect is impressive in the String Quartet No. 2 in B flat major, Op. 87, a work in which Mendelssohn pulls out all the stops to create an orchestra-like texture. It's a tremendously exciting piece, not very Mendelssohn-like, and not much like anything else in the chamber music repertory.

Leipziger Streichquartett, Alois Posch - Dvorák: String Quintet, Op. 77 & String Quartet Op. 96 "American" (2014)

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Leipziger Streichquartett, Alois Posch - Dvorák: String Quintet, Op. 77 & String Quartet Op. 96 "American" (2014)

Leipziger Streichquartett, Alois Posch - Dvorák: String Quintet, Op. 77 & String Quartet Op. 96 "American" (2014)
WEB | FLAC (tracks) - 299 MB | 58:56
Genre: Classical | Label: MDG Gold

The pairing of the String Quintet in G major, Op. 77, and the String Quartet in F major, Op. 96 ("American"), both major Dvorák chamber works, is a common one, but this one has several aspects setting it apart. Most distinctive is the sound from the German audiophile label MDG, working in an old abbey hall. The space is warm, clear, and perfectly sized for the music, in other words as close as you can get to actually having been there in the late 19th century when the music was first played. Moreover, the prolific Leipzig String Quartet, joined in Op. 77 by double bassist Alois Posch, delivers a superior performance of the "American" quintet that gets away from the overly consistent tone that mars so many Dvorák performances.

Leipziger Streichquartett - Sibelius: String Quartets (2016)

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Leipziger Streichquartett - Sibelius: String Quartets (2016)

Leipziger Streichquartett - Sibelius String Quartets (2016)
WEB | FLAC (tracks) - 311 MB | 01:05:08
Genre: Classical | Label: MDG Gold

It may well be that it is not chamber music that immediately comes to mind when you think of Sibelius. That's fair enough but he certainly wrote pieces for chamber groupings. There are, for example some single movements for quartet composed when he was a young man. Then comes this A minor quartet of 1889 and there's at least one other apart from the B flat quartet known as Voces Intimae. There are also a few pieces for strings and piano like the Piano Trio of 1884.

Leipziger Streichquartett - Haydn: String Quartets, Vol. 10 (2018)

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Leipziger Streichquartett - Haydn: String Quartets, Vol. 10 (2018)

Leipziger Streichquartett - Haydn: String Quartets, Vol. 10 (2018)
WEB | FLAC (tracks) - 356 MB | 01:07:00
Genre: Classical | Label: MDG Gold

The Leipzig String Quartet is back! After a break of two years the top ensemble from Saxony now continues its Haydn edition. Nos. 1, 2, and 6 round off Haydn’s op. 64 - a marvellous combination of emotional dedication and consummate classicism. Haydn, the glorious inventor of the string quartet, took the genre to new heights in his op. 64. Perfectly balanced in form and harmony, the pieces comprising this number are directly interrelated. In London Haydn’s career once again truly blossomed. The Quartets op. 64 must have played a considerable role in this development, and with the Leipzig String Quartet we immediately understand why this was so.

Leipziger Streichquartett - Haydn: String Quartets, Vol. 11 (2019)

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Leipziger Streichquartett - Haydn: String Quartets, Vol. 11 (2019)

Leipziger Streichquartett - Haydn: String Quartets, Vol. 11 (2019)
WEB | FLAC (tracks) - 332 MB | 01:05:42
Genre: Classical | Label: MDG Gold

Four Experts it was with this headline that the press welcomed Vol. 10 of the encyclopedic Haydn series by the Leipzig String Quartet. The result is uncommonly rewarding in that as light is shed on a highly interesting developmental advance from divertimento mirth to mature chamber music and straight into the formative years of a revolutionary new musical genre. The Leipzig String Quartet are renowned musicians who have gained universal critical praise for their previous series of Mozart and Beethoven String Quartets. This next volume in their exploration of Haydn't oevre is a welcome addition to the catalogue.

Leipziger Streichquartett - Haydn: String Quartets Vol. 6 (2013)

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Leipziger Streichquartett - Haydn: String Quartets Vol. 6 (2013)

Leipziger Streichquartett - Haydn: String Quartets Vol. 6 (2013)
WEB | FLAC (tracks) - 322 MB | 01:04:47
Genre: Classical | Label: MDG Gold

The players of the Leipzig String Quartet come from the veteran ranks of the Leipzig Gewandhaus Orchestra. They have recorded a variety of standard quartet for the German audiophile label MDG, often using an old monastery farmhouse whose sound environment is nothing short of ideal. They are in the midst of a cycle of Haydn quartets that began with some of the more unorthodox items and with volume 6 reaches the Op. 33 quartets, arguably the founding documents of the true High Classical quartet style. The quartet plays on period instruments (and modern replicas of period bows), resulting in a bright sound and precise articulation that doesn't differ sharply from modern-instrument performances. And indeed the performances fall into a long tradition.