In Wolfgang Laufer replaced Sopkin, who had served for 33 years, as the ensemble's cellist, and in , Ralph Evans replaced first violinist Leonard Sorkin, the last original member. There have been numerous other changes over the years, particularly in the viola post nine players serving until and second violin four until After Laufer's death in , cellist Robert Cohen joined the quartet in , and soon after, Juan-Miguel Hernandez became violist.
Over the years, the Quartet has recorded more than works. Beethoven: String Quartet No. Listen to Fine Arts Quartet now. To play this content, you'll need the Spotify app. Get Spotify Open Spotify. As Basil Lam points out in the BBC Music Guide to the Beethoven quartets, the twelve-bar theme 'is constructed with great subtlety; the melody, begun by the second violin, is taken over and repeated by the first before the statement has been completed'.
The smoothly flowing figuration of the theme is prominent in most of the movement, and Beethoven's use of contrasting harmonic areas prevents this fact from pre-empting the always welcome returns of the theme itself. At the centre is a rich development. Quietly flexing strong muscles, the Scherzo is unaggressive and its D minor Trio decorates a four-note descending bass. Sustained brilliance in this Quartet is reserved for the finale, in a fast six-eight time.
Its key and rhythms create the temptation to compare it of course unfavourably! Mozart's theme sits down with dangerous regularity, while Beethoven's flies at once into the sky, alighting when and where it wishes, and the length and size of Beethoven's paragraphs and the energy with which they are infused can be found only rarely in other composers. Here it also generates rieh and vigorous polyphony in the overwhelmingly energetic development. A rich and imaginative work in the late romantic style by Poland's foremost composer of the late 19th century.
A superb and highly effective work by a member of a famous string quartet. Good writing, appealing melody.
Still in the Dvorak tradition but more modern, full of Moravian and Slovak folk melodies. A tour d'force of form and structure with a massive fugue, a fantasia and modern Slav melodies. Composed in as Nazi Germany threatened Czechoslovakia, the music reflects the composers fears and thoughts for the future. A powerful, dramatic work from the late romantic period. Considered one of the pillar of the Czech piano trio literature along with the Dumky and Smetanta trios.
The first of Novak's Moravian works. Fine part writing, no technical difficulties. Written for the same combination as Schubert's Trout, the work is full of appealing melodies. A fine recital piece which makes excellent use of all registers. A recital piece typical of the mid romantic era. Smooth and dreamlike, the music takes the cello from its very heights down to the lowest notes on its C. A little gem. We have taken the above four works and made a little recital album for cellists from which to choose. Very original both rhythmically and melodically. By turns fast and exciting then lyrical and romantic, it makes a first class recital piece or encore.
Bright and upbeat, combining touches of English theater music with French impressionism and American trends. The first of a magnificent set of three which must rank among the very best of such works from the early Romantic era. Described by a well-known contemporary critic as full of passion, the equal of those of Beethoven. At time recalling late Mozart, at other times early Beethoven, this sonata should be on every violist's recital list.
The third of Onslow's first three piano trios An exciting and beautiful work which was in the standard repertoire up to WWI. Excellent in everyway. A great concert choice and playable by amateurs. Well-written for each instrument, catchy melodies. Popular concert work thru out the 19th century.
One of the great ones. A new voice, not like Haydn or Mozart, dating from , before studying composition formally, an extraordinary achievement. Pioneering work, cello treated as a total equal. This once famous quartet takes its name from its excellent variations on the British national anthem. The middle work in this once famous set of three often compared to Beethoven's Op. In , no one else was writing anything this advanced, except Beethoven.
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This was an experimental quartet for Onslow heavily influenced by Beethoven's Op. Exciting and dramatic with a minuet more like a scherzo using the folk dance of the Auvergne. A fine work with excellent part-writing for all of the voices from the beginning of Onslow's middle period.
The Chamber Music Journal calls it one of his best. Belongs in the concert repertoire! Exciting mid-romantic work, advanced tonalities for the time Fine choice for either concert performance or home music making. An exciting work which belongs in the repertoire by the early 19th century French Master A great one, this work has it all. A fine intermezzo and one of the very best and most exciting scherzos you will find anywhere. Vintage Onslow.
Captivating and very exciting with appealing melodiess from start to finish. You must hear our soundbites to this quartet! Late Onslow--extraordinary use of chromaticism. Though an early work, nonetheless powerful and quite well written for all. Marks the beginning of his middle period Critics claimed he was the equal of Beethoven in chamber music.
Exciting from start to finish and secured his reputation abroad.
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A fine work which was in the standard repertoire through out the 19th century. One of the finest cello quintets in the literature. Another fine quintet.
Critics were impressed by its originality, unusual and striking effects. No, slow movement, but 4 hard driving movements with no let up in excitement or drama.
By turns brooding and dark but also full of dramatic outbursts and hard driving rhythmic episodes. One of his most exciting and best works. Intended to by played by his friend the leading bassist in France. Hailed by contemporary critics as a masterpiece.
The outer movements are exciting and hard-driving while the inner movements are lyrical and poetic. One of the most exciting viola quintets in the literature from the midth century. Grace and elegant.
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A wonderful work which sounds very good in either version. Modeled after those of his teacher, Reicha, the quintet is charming, tuneful with fine part writing for all. Excellent part-writing, tuneful, exciting. A charming, well-written work with no technical difficulties. A lovely Brazilian romantic serenade which makes a fine encore or serves well where a shorter program work is needed.
A big and impressive work from one of Brazil's important composers in the late Romantic idiom. A rare example of English chamber music from the mid Victorian period. This famous work originally for his own instrument, is more suited to the singing qualities of a string instrument. Excellent encore. Full of the kind of attractive melodies which helped to make Paganin famous. Superb work for this unusual combination. Baroque in structure Romantic in melody.
A fine example of a late 19th century British Romantic cello sonata. Lovely mid-late Romantic work with attractive melodes and rich harmonies that create a very full sound. A work of the first order. Full-blooded, rich melodies with fine part-writing. One of the very best works for this combination.
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Very well written. A superb late romantic masterpiece, full of attractive, lyrical themes and beautiful writing. Another first rate work from this unjustly neglected composer.