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Discussion: Gewandhaus-Quartett in Concert

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Post by Beagle September 17, 2008 (1 of 6)
The subtitle of this 2-SACD set is '200 Years Gewandhaus Quartet'. There are no 200 year-old recordings on it, but the last work was recorded 80 years ago! The other three recordings are one, two and three years old. Judging by Haydn: Famous String Quartets - Gewandhaus-Quartett, the sound will be excellent in the latter three.

[from New Classical Adventure:]
"Two hundred years old – and still going strong: The Gewandhaus-Quartett.
A special edition – Gewandhaus-Quartett In Concert – featuring works by Schumann, Spohr and Schubert has been released to celebrate this important anniversary. All three composers are closely tied to the ensemble’s history and many of their works enjoyed premiere performances at the Gewandhaus. This double CD presents four outstanding instrumental pieces composed by the three composers – three of them were recorded in previous years with famous guest musicians...."

FRANZ SCHUBERT [recorded 2007]
Quintet in C for 2 violins, viola & 2 cellos (D 956)
Gewandhaus Quartet
Peter Bruns: cello

LOUIS SPOHR [recorded 2005]
Concerto for string quartet & orchestra in Am (op. 131)
Gewandhaus Quartet
Gewandhaus Orchestra
conducted: Herbert Blomstedt

ROBERT SCHUMANN [recorded 2006]
Quintet in Eb for 2 violins, viola cello & piano (op. 44)
Gewandhaus Quartet
Bernd Glemser: piano

FRANZ SCHUBERT [recorded 1928]
Quintet in A for piano, violin, viola, cello & contrabass "Trout" (D 667)
Edgar Wollgandt: violin
Carl Herrmann: viola
Hans Münch-Holland: cello
Theodor Albin Findeisen: contrabass
Max von Pauer: piano

Post by ramesh September 18, 2008 (2 of 6)
I have their SACD of Haydn quartets which I can heartily recommend.
Based on the sound of that SACD, this string quartet has a sumptuous sound, without being as rich as the Alban Berg quartet nor as 'Viennese' as the Amadeus. They remind me of the Takacs sound, which I recently heard on their Antipodean tour.

Post by Polly Nomial October 29, 2008 (3 of 6)
A word of warning: the Trout quintet has no Scherzo and the variation movement is split into 2 tracks. I have contacted NCA about this and I am awaiting a response. If this historical account is not important, I have no hesitation in recommending this set which fills some large holes in the repertoire with winning performances.

Post by terence January 10, 2009 (4 of 6)
is there applause on this disc?

Post by Polly Nomial January 10, 2009 (5 of 6)
No applause after anything and virtually silent audience.

Post by Beagle January 12, 2009 (6 of 6)
Hi John/Polly,

Neither applause nor scherzo nor disc:
When I read your note at lunchtime, I had a strong hunch my copy would be in the mailbox when I got home.... Close, but no cigar. An envelope with packing slip but no discs awaited me. The adhesive on the envelope flap seemed a bit past its best-before date, i.e. not very adhesive. I notified the vendor and am back in waiting-mode, dang!

But maybe some postie between Malmo Sweden and here will be lured into the sacd habit....