Grieg: String Quartets Nos 1 & 2

Chilingirian Quartet

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Format: CD

Cat No: CDH55299

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Release Date:  01 August 2007

Label:  Helios / Hyperion Records Ltd

Packaging Type:  Jewel Case

No of Units:  1

Barcode:  034571152998

Genres:  Classical  Chamber Music  

  • Description

    Franz Liszt, writing about Grieg's String Quartet No 1, declared: 'It is long time since I have encountered a new composition, especially a string quartet, which has intrigued me as greatly as this distinctive and admirable work by Grieg'. Grieg himself said that his quartet '... aims at breadth; to soar, and above all at a vigorous sound for the instruments for which it is written.' In 1891, Edvard Grieg started his second quartet, but sadly lacked inspiration and time to finish the last two movements. Levon Chilingirian of the Chilingirian Quartet has studied the original manuscripts of the first two movements (which have many clarifying instructions added by Julius Rontgen in preparation for their printing by C F Peters in 1908) and prepared the third and fourth movements especially for this recording. This is therefore a first recording of the completed String Quartet No 2.

  • Tracklisting

      Disc 1

      Side 1

      • 1. Un Poco Andante - Allegro Molto Ed Agitato
      • 2. Romanze: Andantino - Allegro Agitato
      • 3. Intermezzo: Allegro Molto Marcato - Piu Vivo E Scherzando
      • 4. Finale: Lento - Presto Al Saltarello
      • 5. Sostenudto - Allegro Vivace E Grazioso
      • 6. Allegro Scherzando - Piu Vivo - Minore Da Capo Sin' Al Fine
      • 7. Adagio
      • 8. Allegro Giocoso