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 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

1:13, :23, 24:44, 2:42

Amy Cheney Beach: String Quartet in One Movement, Op. 89

Lark Quartet

Arab 6747

14:58, :57

Beach: Allegro con Brio from Piano Trio

Diane Pascal, vln.; Astrid Schween, vc.; Diane Polk, p.

Arab 6747


Episode 4

Episode 5

Jean Sibelius: String Quartet In D Minor, Op. 56,

Voces Intimae

I. Andante, Allegro Molto Moderato 6:21

II. Vivace 2:29 6 of 9

III. Adagio Di Molto 9:13 7 of 9

IV. Allegretto 6:14 8 of 9

V. Allegro 4:48 9 of 9

Guarneri Quartet

Phil 426286

1:02, :38, :12, 28:59, 1:12

Emil von Reznicek: Quartet No. 1 In C-Sharp Minor

Franz Schubert Quartet

Nimbus 5506


Episode 1

Zdeněk Fibich: Poème (excerpt)

Takako Nishizaki, v.; Jenö Jandó, p.

Naxos 8.550306


Fibich: String Quartet No. 1 in A, II & III

Panocha Quartet

Supraphon 3470 2 131


Fibich: String Quartet No. 2 in G, I-III

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