Friday, September 28, 2012

Jan Kalliwoda Op.61 62 90 - Talich Quartet

Jan Křtitel Václav Kalivoda
(Johann Baptist Wenzel Kalliwoda in German) (February 21, 1801 – December 3, 1866)
Performer: Talich Quartet
Label: La Dolce Volta
Released: MP3, Album 27th November 2012

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We are now presented a massive back and new catalogue by the Talich String Quartet. But one of the special recording is string quartets by Johann Baptist Kalliwoda. Living in the finale years of Beethoven he composed three string quartets dubbed as "missing link between Beethoven and Schumann". It is also rich of Czech folk elements. The quartets are:
String quartet no. 1 in E minor op. 61 (pub. 1835)
String quartet no. 2 in A major op. 62 (pub. 1836 (published by Amadeus-Verlag in Winterthur, Switzerland in 1999)
String quartet no. 3 in G major op. 90 (Moderato - Scherzo (Vivace in G minor)

Talich quartet recorded for us the premiere (...perhaps) of these quartets. Other recording by Talich Quartet are as follow:


BRAHMS / 2 Sextets The String
BRAHMS - Mozart - Clarinet Quintets
Shostakovich / Piano Quintet - String Quartet No. 8
Borodin / Tchaikovsky - String Quartets
DVORAK / Quartet "American" - String Quintet Op.97
DVORAK / Quintets Op.81, 97
JANACEK / "Kreutzer Sonata" - "Intimate Letters"
Kalliwoda / String Quartets No. 1-3
MENDELSSOHN / Complete String Quartets (3 CD)
SCHUBERT / "The Maiden and Death" (Live 40)
SCHULHOFF / String Quartet No. 1
SMETANA / The 2 String Quartets and Fibich
Boccherini, Haydn, Mendelssohn, Mica: 4 String Quartets

DEBUSSY, RAVEL / String Quartets
Beethoven / The Complete String Quartets (7 CD)

MOZART / The Complete String Quartets
MOZART / The Complete String Quintets

Monday, September 24, 2012

Wolfl String Quartets Op.3 and Op.10 - Quatuor Mosaiques

Wolfl Joseph (1773-1812) / Joseph Woelfl
Performer: Quatuor Mosaiques
Label: Paladino
Released: August 2012

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Joseph Wolfl, the Salzburg who popular for piano duel with Beethoven. He studied under Leopold Mozart and friend to Michael Haydn. Composed around eighteen string quartets, Op.4, Op.10 were in dated 1798-1799. And Op.30, which is believe as his youth string quartet. Op.4 is known as Trois Quartet, is a quartet concertants.

Three recording of his string quartets are now available, and the latest is Quatuor Mosaiques with his Op.4 and Op.10 recording. The previous are by the Authentic String Quartet Op.3, the Pratum Orchestra with Op.30. Quatuor Mosaiques that the left behind Op.10.

(missed print as Op.5)

Monday, September 17, 2012

A Late Quartet - A String Quartet Movie

Movie about string quartet is on the way. Directed  by Yaron Zilberman the movie called "A Late Quartet".

Members of a world-renowned string quartet struggle to stay together in the face of death, competing egos and insuppressible lust.

The Strad Magazines words : The musical centrepiece of the film is Beethoven's Quartet in C minor op.131, which the group is seen rehearsing for what might be its last performance together. The Brentano Quartet provided the soundtrack for these scenes, and according to an interview with Zilberman posted on, the cast had to learn about 30 phrases each to make the playing look realistic in front of the camera.

Zilberman added that he modelled his quartet on several ensembles: the Guarneri Quartet, the Quartetto Italiano and the Emerson Quartet. Is the liner for the film. Starring:

Philip Seymour Hoffman ... Robert
Christopher Walken ... Peter Mitchell
Catherine Keener ... Juliette Gelbart
Imogen Poots ... Alexandra Gelbart
Wallace Shawn ... Gideon Rosen
Mark Ivanir ... Daniel Lerner
Liraz Charhi Megan McQuillan ... Brenda
Madhur Jaffrey ... Dr. Nadir
Anne Sofie von Otter ... Miriam
Marty Krzywonos ... Cab Driver
Rebeca Tomas ... Flamenco dancer
Jasmine Hope Bloch ... Cello Student
Sanjiv Hayre ... Audience Member
Cristian Puig ... Flamenco singer

Official website:

See trailer:

Tuesday, September 11, 2012

Vanhal - Late String Quartets (Camesina String Quartet)

Johann Baptist Vanhal
Performer: Camesina String Quartet
Label: MMB
Released: October 2012

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Johann Baptist Vanhal (May 12, 1739–August 20, 1813) or Wanhal, an important Classical era composer with more than a hundred reported string quartet written, 70+ symphonies. He was into string quartet side by side with the giant Haydn and Mozart since he was regularly jamming together in all stars Haydn-Mozart-Dittersdorf-Vanhal string quartet. The string quartet only got attention of publisher and recorded very few. One is by Kubin String Quartet and now Camesina String Quartet effort to get the world know his Late String Quartet.

Camesina String Quartet was form in 2007, interesting note to the name is :
The name Camesina Quartet refers to the Camesina House where W. A. Mozart resided from 1784 until 1787 and where he played the six string quartets dedicated to Joseph Haydn for the first time in the presence of his elder friend. It was in this apartment where the famous quartet parties took place with Joseph Haydn (first violin), Carl Ditters von Dittersdorf (second violin), Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart (viola) and Jan Vanhal (violoncello) playing string quartets together. The house is named after the stucco plasterer Alberto Camesina, who owned the house for a time, and who decorated it with a Baroque stucco ceiling. It was under this ceiling that Mozart probably composed some of his greatest music, including the six string quartets dedicated to Joseph Haydn. Official site

The also recorded Dussek string quartet and probably going to be Classical Era specialized, and I warmly welcome the group so that more repertoire from the Era will survive. They are Germany based and played on period instruments.

See List of Vanhal's String Quartets

String Quartet op. 33 No 2 in A
String Quartet op. 33 No. 3 in F
String Quartet in E flat No. 2 "Hoffmeister-Quartet"