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KLENAU, P. von: String Quartets Nos. 1-3 (Sjaelland String Quartet)

KLENAU, P. von: String Quartets Nos. 1-3 (Sjaelland String Quartet)

Composer(s):Klenau, Paul von
Artist(s) Sjaelland String Quartet, Ensemble
Period(s) 20th Century
Genre Classical Music
Category Chamber Music
Catalogue 8.226075
Label Dacapo
Quality   320kbps
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Review By Giv Cornfield,The New Recordings, Cliffs Classics,November 2008

I'd never heard this Danish composer's name, that even escaped the omnivorous Baker's Biographical Dictionary of Musicians' attention. Von Klenau was the founder of the Danish Philharmonic Society and had a successful career as a conductor in Germany and his native Denmark. In his works, he appears to have experimented with various styles without settling on any one in particular. The performers make a valiant effort to elevate this music to an enjoyable level, but it fails to transform it to anything accessible. In my experience with similar works, they make more sense when followed with a score.

Review By David Denton, Naxos,August 2008

Though born in Copenhagen in 1883 to a long established Danish family, Paul von Klenau spent most of his life in Germany and Austria where he studied composition with Max Bruch and Max von Shillings. At first directing his career towards the violin, he later moved to a joint life as conductor and composer. His output was in most genres - including five string quartets - and passed through may changes of style, while considered a major activist in modernity as a member of Alban Berg’s circle of friends. After the first quartet, completed in 1911, there is a long gap to the second and third coming from 1942 and 1943, those being the last few years of his life when he returned to Copenhagen. Though at the time they might have been stylistically challenging, they belong to that



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