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BRUCKNER, A.: String Quintet in F major / String Quartet in C minor (Fine Arts Quartet)

Composer(s):Bruckner, Anton
Artist(s) Fine Arts Quartet, Ensemble • Sharon, Gil, viola
Period(s) Romantic
Genre Classical Music
Category Chamber Music
Catalogue 8.570788
Label Naxos
Quality   320kbps
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Anton Bruckner’s String Quintet in F major was composed at the suggestion of the famous Viennese violinist Joseph Hellmesberger. Contemporaneous with his Fifth and Sixth Symphonies, it is a deftly written Romantic work, symphonic in scale but intimate in character, whose Adagio expresses an almost unbearable bliss. Composed in 1862, though rediscovered only decades after his death, the String Quartet in C minor brings into play Bruckner’s love of Bach and admiration for Schubert while pointing towards his own later symphonic style.


Review By Blair Sanderson,,July 2010

The Fine Arts Quartet and violist Gil Sharon have recorded fully sympathetic and technically exquisite performances, and their reading of the string quintet is clearly the most engaging and revelatory of this disc. Naxos provides warm and resonant sound, with reasonably close microphone placement.

Review By Angelo Foletto,,August 2009

CD del mese. Full review

Review By Robert R. Reilly,,January 2009

Faithful readers may recall my high praise for the Fine Arts Quartet in a performance of Schumann quartets on Naxos last year. Naxos now gives us the Fine Arts Quartet doing the Bruckner String Quintet, accompanied by his early String Quartet (8.570788). The Quintet is one of the great chamber works of the late 19th century, famous for its sublime adagio. The Fine Arts Quartet gives it a spacious reading of three-quarters of an hour that fully reveals its glories in a grateful acoustic. If you love chamber music and have not heard this masterpiece, this is a great introduction. Full review

Review By S.J. Bonsor,,December 2008

Rare Chamber works revealed as gems...The Fine Arts Quartet (with Gil Sharon as the second viola in the quintet), give luscious and compelling performances of this all-too-rare repertoire. The recording is exemplary, and the CD can be warmly recommended to Brucknerians and chamber music enthusiasts alike.

Review By ,,December 2008

Questo leggendario quintetto, così come il quartetto per archi, il “Rondo” e l’“Intermezzo in re minore”…essere ascoltato nella registrazione effettuata dal “Fine Arts Quartet”, con l’aggiunta della viola di Gil Sharon, nel cd pubblicato dall’etichetta Naxos. Un’esecuzione, quella dell’ensemble statunitense, tersa e lucidamente espositiva nei suoi contrasti tematici e nell’articolarsi delle variazioni, il che unito dal fatto che praticamente in questo disco (dal prezzo decisamente basso) si trova tutta la produzione cameristica di Bruckner…ne fa un’edizione alquanto allettante per coloro che vogliono conoscere questo ambito della produzione musicale del sommo compositore


Review By Meppo, Customer Review,,December 2008

Great performance…They really understand Bruckner as a symphonist…I have a lot of references like Raphael Ensemble and Raphael Quartet, Amadeus, Archibudelli, Leipzig, and Kocian, but this one is one of the best and very complete with the Quartet and Rondo and Intermezzo. At such a price, a real gem, a must for Brucknerites. Full review

Review By David Denton, Naxos,December 2008

The Fine Arts Quartet, with Gil Sharon as second viola, produce a richly blended tone in keeping with the Quintet’s structure, while taking a more restrained approach to the Quartet. Almost 80 minutes of music, the French recording perfectly weighted between instruments.


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