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.
Juilliard String Quartet, Christopher Oldfather - Elliott Carter: The Four String Quartets, Duo For Violin and Piano (1991) 2CD

Elliott Carter: The Four String Quartets, Duo For Violin and Piano (1991) 2CDs
Juilliard String Quartet; Christopher Oldfather, piano

EAC | FLAC | Tracks (Cue&Log) ~ 603 Mb | Mp3 (CBR320) ~ 330 Mb | Scans included
Classical, Contemporary, Avant-Garde | Label: Sony Classical | # S2K 47229 | 02:16:59

These quartets are Juilliard specialties, and anyone wanting to hear this music played with a near ideal combination of virtuosity and humanity need look no further. Carter's quartets are not for the musically faint of heart: they are uncompromisingly thorny, intricate pieces that require lots of intense, dedicated listening. Very few people doubt their seriousness–or even their claims to musical greatness–but just as few people enjoy listening to them. Perhaps this spectacular set will encourage the adventurous to give them a shot. They're worth the time.
Edding Quartet - Beethoven: String Quartet No.13, Quintet for Piano & Winds (2016) [Official Digital Download 24/96]

Edding Quartet - Beethoven: String Quartet No.13, Quintet for Piano & Winds (2016)
FLAC (tracks) 24-bit/96 kHz | Time - 75:11 minutes | 1.33 GB
Studio Master, Official Digital Download | Artwork: Digital Booklet

The pairing of the two works on this album is unique in that one comes from the dawn, the other from the dusk of Ludwig van Beethoven’s career. Indeed, whereas the composer wrote the Quintet for winds and piano, op.16, when he was only 26 – the talented young man also excelled as a successful pianist – he did not finish his String Quartet, op.130, until a year before his death. The Edding Quartet proposes here the original version of the work, with the Grosse Fuge, op.133, as finale.
Delray String Quartet - Richard Danielpour: String Quartets Nos. 5-7 (2018)

Delray String Quartet - Richard Danielpour: String Quartets Nos. 5-7 (2018)
Classical | WEB FLAC (tracks) & d. booklet | 305 MB
Label: Naxos | Tracks: 10 | Time: 75:47 min

Each of these three quartets is informed by a particular theme: String Quartet No. 5, subtitled In Search of La vita nuova, reflects Richard Danielpours relationship with Italy over the decades, conveying a sense of journey and discovery expressed in its ultimately elliptical trajectory. Concerned with the quartet as a metaphor for family, String Quartet No. 6 explores ideas of distance, time and ultimately, leave-taking. String Quartet No. 7, subtitled Psalms of Solace, pursues the search for the Divine, successive movements taking intellect, the force of will, and romantic love as their subject before the appearance in the finale of a soprano voice.

Blair String Quartet - Charles Ives: String Quartets (2006)  Music

Posted by tirexiss at Jan. 12, 2018
Blair String Quartet - Charles Ives: String Quartets (2006)

Blair String Quartet - Charles Ives: String Quartets (2006)
EAC | FLAC (tracks+.cue, log) | Covers Included | 50:19 | 244 MB
Genre: Classical | Label: Naxos | Catalog: 8.559178

It has been awhile since anyone recorded a new disc of Charles Ives' string quartets, and here the Blair String Quartet takes the plunge. He only wrote two numbered quartets that are like equivalents to night and day – the radiant, camp meeting-inspired First Quartet and the furiously punk-meets-transcendentalism Second. String Quartet No. 1, "From the Salvation Army," dates from 1898 and contains some of Ives' finest instrumental music couched in a reasonably stable and conventional style.
Arditti String Quartet - Alban Berg: Streichquartett Op.3, Lyrische Suite (2000) (Repost)

Arditti String Quartet - Alban Berg: Streichquartett Op.3, Lyrische Suite (2000)
EAC | FLAC (tracks+.cue, log) | Covers Included | 48:44 | 242 MB
Genre: Classical | Label: Montaigne | Catalog: MO 782119

Alban Berg wrote twice for string quartet, and both results stand tall in his output. On this Naive disc, a reissue of an earlier Montaigne release, the Arditti Quartet perform these pieces. The lineup of the Ardittis at this time was Irvine Arditti and David Alberman (violin), Levine Andrade (viola) and Rohan de Saram (cello).

Artea Quartet - Schubert: String Quartet No. 15 (2018)  Music

Posted by SERTiL at Jan. 9, 2018
Artea Quartet - Schubert: String Quartet No. 15 (2018)

Artea Quartet - Schubert: String Quartet No. 15 (2018)
Classical | WEB FLAC (tracks) & front cover | 234 MB
Label: Champs Hill Records | Tracks: 04| Time: 53:27 min

The members of the Artea quartet met whilst studying at the Royal Academy of Music in London in 2001. After studies with the Amadeus, Alberni and Wihan quartets they went on to forge a successful career, winning many awards and performing at festivals throughout the U.K. including the BBC Proms, and at venues such as the Wigmore Hall and Purcell Room as well as live broadcasts for BBC Radio 3.
Escher String Quartet - Dvořák: String Quartet No. 12; Tchaikovsky: String Quartet No. 1; Borodin: String Quartet No. 2 (2018)

Escher String Quartet - Dvořák: String Quartet No. 12; Tchaikovsky: String Quartet No. 1; Borodin: String Quartet No. 2 (2018)
Classical | WEB FLAC (tracks) & d. booklet | 396 MB
Label: BIS | Tracks: 12 | Time: 81:11 min

Full-blooded quartet playing in the grand, classic manner: extrovert and eloquent is how the performances of the Escher String Quartet were described in a review of their recording of Mendelssohns first and fourth quartets in BBC Music Magazine. After completing the three-disc cycle of Mendelssohn quartets and earning further accolades, including a nomination to the 2017 BBC Music Magazine Awards the quartet now returns with a programme which leaves plenty of opportunity for their special brand of playing.
Wieniawski String Quartet - Krzysztof Meyer: String Quartets Nos. 5, 6 & 8 (2009)

Wieniawski String Quartet - Krzysztof Meyer: String Quartets Nos. 5, 6 & 8 (2009)
EAC | FLAC (tracks+.cue, log) | Covers Included | 71:35 | 336 MB
Genre: Classical | Label: Naxos | Catalog: 8.570776

Like his more famous compatriot Krzysztof Penderecki, Poland's Krzysztof Meyer experimented freely with avant-garde musical techniques early in his career before evolving towards more traditional yet still complex and challenging compositional parameters. While he has compiled a large and impressive body of orchestral and vocal work, I find his chamber music most compelling, especially his 12 string quartets, which I rate among the best written during the past four decades.

Danish String Quartet - Last Leaf (2017)  Music

Posted by Domestos at Jan. 5, 2018
Danish String Quartet - Last Leaf (2017)

Danish String Quartet - Last Leaf (2017)
EAC Rip | FLAC (image+.cue, log) ~ 213.03 Mb | 48:14 | Scans included
Classical | Label: ECM - ECM 2550

They are widely recognised as the most exciting young string quartet of the present moment, bringing new insights to contemporary composition and core classical repertoire. In parallel, they have also made surprising and impressive forays into the world of Nordic folk music. Their 2014 album Wood Works (Dacapo Records) was a left-field hit, and audiences around the world have been delighted by concert performances of the music. Now the Danish String Quartet bring their folk project to ECM with a stirring new recording.