String Quartets from Fibich to Sibelius

September 23, 2014, 7:00 pm

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This week Bill broadens his considerations of the string quartet with an emphasis on lesser-known, late-19th century composers. He begins with Poème for violin and piano by Czech composer Zdeněk Fibich. Bill says “the music is familiar but the composer maybe not so familiar”: Poème was the score for one of the first choreographies by George Balanchine. Fibich was among the European composers born in the 1850s and 1860s such as Hugo Wolf, Vincent d’Indy, and Ernest Chausson. And, Bill adds another contemporary of this group, American (New England) composer Amy Beach.


Episode 1

Zdeněk Fibich: Poème (excerpt)
Takako Nishizaki, violin; Jenö Jandó, piano
Naxos 8.550306

Fibich: String Quartet No. 1 in A
Panocha Quartet
Supraphon 3470 2 131

Fibich: String Quartet No. 2 in G
Panocha Quartet
Supraphon 3470 2 131

Jean Sibelius: String Quartet in E-Flat, JS 184
I. III. IV. (excerpt)
Sibelius Academy Quartet
Finlandia 40872
11:19, 3:41

Hugo Wolf: Italian Serenade in G Major
Brodsky Quartet
Chan 10761

Episode 2

Vincent d’Indy: String Quartet No. 1 in D Major, Op. 35
II. Lent et calme

III. Assez modéré
Chilingirian Quartet
Hyperion 67097

Ernest Chausson: String Quartet in C Minor, Op. 35
II. Très calme

III. Gaiement, pas trop vite
Chilingirian Quartet
Hyperion 67097

Richard Strauss: String Quartet in A, Op. 2
Allegro Molto

Trio: Un Poco Meno
Portland Quartet
Arabesque Z6521

Jean Sibelius: String Quartet in A Minor
III. Vivace

IV. Allegro
Sibelius Academy Quartet
Finlandia 40872

Episode 3

Debussy: String Quartet in G Minor, Op. 10
I. Animé Et Très Décidé
II. Assez Vif Et Bien Rythmé
III. Andantino
IV. Très Modéré, Très Animé
Emerson Quartet
DG 445509

Amy Cheney Beach: String Quartet in One Movement, Op. 89
Lark Quartet
Arab 6747
14:58, :57

Beach: Piano Trio; Allegro con Brio
Diane Pascal, violin; Astrid Schween, violoncello; Diane Polk, piano
Arab 6747

Episode 4

Alexander Glazunov: Quartet No.7 in C, Op. 107
I. Adagio. Allegro giocoso (Remembrance of the Past)
II. Andante affetuoso (The Breath of Spring)
III. Allegro scherzando (In the Mysterious Forest)
IV. Moderato (Russian Festivity)  
Shostakovich Quartet
Mobile Fidelity 875
15:48, 13:39, 0:51

Edward Elgar: String Quartet in E minor, Op.83
I. Allegro moderato 
II. Piacevole (poco andante)
III Allegro molto (excerpt)
Chilingirian Quartet
EMI 65099
19:42, 3:01

Episode 5

Jean Sibelius: String Quartet in D Minor, Op. 56,
Voces Intimae
I. Andante, Allegro Molto Moderato

II. Vivace
III. Adagio Di Molto
IV. Allegretto
V. Allegro
Guarneri Quartet
Phil 426286

Emil von Reznicek: Quartet No. 1 in C-Sharp Minor
Franz Schubert Quartet
Nimbus 5506