English String Quartet

Coull String Quartet - Elgar: String Quartet; Bridge: Idylls; Walton: String Quartet (2006)

Coull String Quartet - Elgar: String Quartet; Bridge: Idylls; Walton: String Quartet (2006)
X Lossless Decoder | Flac (Tracks + cue + log) | 1 CD | Full Scans | 287 MB
Genre: Classical | Label: Helios | Catalog Number: 55218

Hyperion has reissued on its midpriced Helios label this fine program of English works for string quartet, recorded in 1994. The composers, born approximately 20 years apart in the order given in the headnote, offer an insight into the evolutionary trends in British music before, throughout, and after the 20th century’s two Great Wars.
Escher String Quartet - Mendelssohn: String Quartets Nos. 5 & 6 (2016)

Escher String Quartet - Mendelssohn: String Quartets Nos. 5 & 6 (2016)
EAC Rip | FLAC (tracks+.cue, log) ~ 363.15 Mb | 71:17 | Scans included
Classical | Country: USA | Label: BIS (BIS-SACD-2160)

The Escher Quartet opened their traversal of Mendelssohn’s string quartets with the first and the fourth quartet, along with an unnumbered early work in E flat major, on a disc which the reviewer in The Strad summed up as a ‘A deeply rewarding release … and by any standards a distinguished one.’ The same magazine made the sequel – with the second and third quartets – its recommendation in the November issue of 2015, while the reviewer on MusicWeb-International found the performances on that disc to be ‘some of the most beautiful string quartet playing I have heard in many a day’. On the third and final disc in the series, time has come for the two final quartets, as well as the Capriccio and Fugue from the set of Four Pieces for String Quartet, Op. 81 begun on the previous instalment.
VA - James Matheson: String Quartet, Violin Concerto & Times Alone (2016)

VA - James Matheson: String Quartet, Violin Concerto & Times Alone
Classical | WEB FLAC (tracks) & d. booklet | 77:55 min | 368 MB
Label: Yarlung Records | Tracks: 11 | Rls.date: 2016

This release features a double bill of Massenet's Le Portrait de Manon and Berlioz's song cycle Les nuits d'ete, recorded from live staged performances at the Royal Opera House with artists from the Jette Parker Young Artists Programme and the Southbank Sinfonia led by Geoffrey Paterson and Volker Krafft. This is the first time the composers Massenet and Berlioz have appeared as part of the Opera Rara catalogue. The single-disc set comes with a lavishly illustrated book, including a complete libretto for Le Portrait de Manon and song translations for Les nuits d'ete, as well as detailed notes on both pieces written by the eminent musicologist Hugh Macdonald.

Arianna String Quartet - Beethoven: The Middle Quartets (2017)  Music

Posted by Pisulik at Sept. 5, 2017
Arianna String Quartet - Beethoven: The Middle Quartets (2017)

Arianna String Quartet - Beethoven: The Middle Quartets (2017)
Classical | MP3 CBR 320 kbps | 02:42:07 | 376 MB
Label: Centaur Records

This release sees the respected US-based chamber ensemble the Arianna String Quartet present Beethoven's five "middle period" quartets. Opening with the invigorating and lyrical String Quartet No. 7 in F Major, the Quartet tackle all three of the “Rasumovsky” quartets, written at the behest of the Russian patron of Beethoven and members of the string quartet that premiered these works. These varied and stylistically boundary-pushing pieces are then followed by the String Quartets Nos. 10 and 11, nicknamed the “Harp” and “Serioso” respectively, all of which are performed with fire and the utmost nuance by the world-class Arianna musicians.
California String Quartet - Taneyev: String Quartets Nos. 2 & 6 (2017)

California String Quartet - Taneyev: String Quartets Nos. 2 & 6 (2017)
Classical | MP3 CBR 320 kbps | 01:14:57 | 172 MB
Label: Centaur Records

As 19th-century Russian composers go, Sergei Taneyev was one of the most interesting but scarcely one of the most famous. Tchaikovsky, Cui, Rimsky-Korsakov, Mussorgsky and Borodin are only a few of those who eclipsed him during his lifetime, and since he lived until 1915 you could also throw in Scriabin and Rachmaninov. Yet as these two string quartets prove, he wrote some very interesting and intense music, although its intensity is increased here by the straight-ahead, no-relaxation-or-pause style of the California String Quartet.
Arditti String Quartet - Abrahamsen: String Quartets 1 - 4 (2017)

Arditti String Quartet - Abrahamsen: String Quartets 1 - 4 (2017)
Classical | MP3 CBR 320 kbps | 01:08:25 | 157 MB
Label: Winter & Winter

Hans Abrahamsen is one of the most important composers of our time. The Winter & Winter production of Abrahamsen's song cycle let me tell you, released last year, is a phenomenal success of New Music. Now, Winter & Winter presents his string quartets 1, 2, 3 and 4, performed by the Arditti String Quartet, one of the most renowned string quartets of our time. Arditti interprets excellently the fascinating works of Abrahamsen.
Novus Quartet - Tchaikovsky: String Quartet & Souvenir de Florence (2017) [Official Digital Download 24/88]

Novus Quartet - Tchaikovsky: String Quartet & Souvenir de Florence (2017)
FLAC (tracks) 24-bit/88.2 kHz | Time - 64:21 minutes | 1.04 GB
Studio Master, Official Digital Download | Artwork: Digital booklet

After an audacious label and album debut dedicated to Webern, Beethoven and Yun, the young musicians of the Novus Quartet interpret with passion two essential works from Tchaikovsky's chamber music: the First Quartet and the Sextet 'Souvenir de Florence' aided and abetted by two guests, cellist Ophélie Gaillard and viola player Lise Berthaud.
Piers Lane, Goldner String Quartet - Ernest Bloch: Piano Quintets (2007)

Piers Lane, Goldner String Quartet - Ernest Bloch: Piano Quintets (2007)
EAC | APE (image+.cue, log) | Covers Included | 01:10:25 | 296 MB
Genre: Classical | Label: Hyperion | Catalog: CDA67638

Swiss-American composer Ernest Bloch is best known for his works on Jewish themes and subjects – Baal Shem, Schelomo, the Israel Symphony – but the majority of his works are abstract, if heavily accented music written in the standard late nineteenth century central European harmonies and forms. This 2007 Hyperion disc features two large-scale chamber works by Bloch, his three-movement piano quintets from 1923 and 1957, plus three shorter pieces for string quartet alone: Night and Paysages (Landscapes) both from 1923 and Two Pieces from 1938 and 1950.
Galatea Quartet - Belle Epoque - French Works for String Quartet (2014) [Official Digital Download 24/96]

Galatea Quartet - Belle Epoque - French Works for String Quartet (2014)
FLAC (tracks) 24-bit/96 kHz | Time - 58:00 minutes | 1.00 GB
Studio Master, Official Digital Download | Artwork: Digital booklet

If albums can be judged by their covers then this intriguing release from the Zurich-based Galatea Quartet could be Record of the Year. And with typical creativity they don’t pair the venerable Debussy Quartet with its usual Ravel bedfellow, but instead throw in Milhaud’s First Quartet. And what a pleasant surprise it is, a work of real lyrical beauty and elegiac sensibility, until the vibrant finale whose darting rhythms and jack-in-the-box mood-swings so suits the playing style of this seriously engaging and altogether contemporary-sounding ensemble.

Emerson String Quartet - The Haydn Project (2001) (Repost)  Music

Posted by tirexiss at Aug. 16, 2017
Emerson String Quartet - The Haydn Project (2001) (Repost)

Emerson String Quartet - The Haydn Project (2001)
EAC | FLAC (image+.cue, log) | Covers Included | 03:00:52 | 861 MB
Genre: Classical | Label: Deutsche Grammophon | Catalog: 0289 471 3272

“You have the sense when listening to Haydn that you’re in very good company; though he’s a great genius, he somehow seems like one of us”. The words of Philip Setzer. Beautifully recorded, exceptionally well played, the Emerson’s traversal of seven quartets of Haydn offers a wonderful musical journey – 1772 to 1799 in terms of chronology; in terms of musical values and growth, well, Haydn’s inventiveness and imagination are simply remarkable.