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STENHAMMAR, W.: String Quartets, Vol. 1 - Nos. 3 and 4 (Stenhammar Quartet)

Composer(s):Stenhammar, Wilhelm
Artist(s) Stenhammar Quartet, Ensemble
Period(s) 20th Century
Genre Classical Music
Category Chamber Music
Catalogue BIS-1659
Label BIS
Quality   320kbps
 
 
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Stenhammar String Quartets reborn
Review By RA130865,December 2013

The Stenhammar string quartets are among the glories of Nordic chamber music, and not just because the late romantic rivals of Stenhammar wrote so very few quartets (Grieg and Sibelius one each). Stenhammar's quartets meet the very highest standards and are true joys for the listener. I can only hope they are also wonderful to play.

Before the Stenhammar Quartet began this series of recordings, the only available performances were by a cluster of once prominent Swedish and Danish quartets from (I suppose) the forties and fifties. The playing was often very good, but the recorded sound was quite dry and of course monaural.

The new BIS set is gloriously recorded, and the performances are warm, lively, driven where necessary, and relaxed when appropriate. In more....







 

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