The Complete Recordings on DG + The Decca & Westminster Recordings (70CD)

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Amadeus Quartet

The Amadeus Quartet were the most successful and highly-regarded quartet of the 20th century. Benefitting from the jet aeroplane and from the record industry’s ability to reach out to world, they dominated chamber music making for nearly 40 years.

But concert tours are only successful if reviews are ecstatic and audiences delighted. They both were. For nearly 40 years, the Quartet (who styled themselves ‘The Wolf-Gang’) roved the world, argued, celebrated and worked like no other group, and changed not a single member: Norbert Brainin, Siegmund Nissel, Peter Schidlof and Martin Lovett had a recording career from 1951 to 1987, ending only with the death of Peter Schidlof in 1987.

These 70 CDs – presenting almost their entire discography, together with distinguished and extensive presentation – form one of the most extensive chamber music sets ever created, and stands as eloquent testimony to their thoughtful musicianship, technical calibre and to the immense esteem in which the world held them.

This 70CD set presents the Amadeus Quartet’s Complete Recordings on Deutsche Grammophon on the occasion of the Quartet’s 70th Anniversary.

Several recordings released for the first time ever, others new to CD.

Each album presented in original jackets with facsimiles of original recording session reports.

180-page book presents new notes by Daniel Snowman (author of The Amadeus Quartet: The Men and the Music), plus an introductory note by Martin Lovett, sole surviving member of the Amadeus Quartet; and previously unpublished photographs from the archives of the Quartet’s families.

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Tracklisting:

Beethoven:

String Quartets Nos. 1-16 (complete, inc. Grosse Fuge)

recorded 1959-1963

Piano Sonata arrangement Op. 14 No. 1 Hess 34

String Quintet in C major, Op. 29

Piano Quartets (3), WoO 36

Christoph Eschenbach (piano)

String Quartet No. 9 in C major, Op. 59 No. 3 'Rasumovsky No. 3'

Live Recording from the Wigmore Hall 1983

String Quartet No. 9 in C major, Op. 59 No. 3 'Rasumovsky No. 3'

Recorded 1987

String Quartet No. 10 in E flat major, Op. 74 'Harp'

Recorded 1987

String Quartet No. 12 in E flat major, Op. 127

Recorded 1978

String Quartet No. 14 in C sharp minor, Op. 131

Recorded 1981

String Quartet No. 15 in A minor, Op. 132

Recorded 1980

String Quartet No. 16 in F major, Op. 135

Recorded 1977

String Quartet No. 13 in B flat major, Op. 130

Recorded 1980

Grosse Fuge in B flat major, Op. 133

Recorded 1977

String Quartet No. 5 in A major, Op. 18 No. 5

 

Brahms:

String Quartet No. 1 in C minor, Op. 51 No. 1

Recorded 1951

String Quartet No. 2 in A minor, Op. 51 No. 2

Recorded 1955

String Quartet No. 3 in B flat major, Op. 67

Recorded 1957

String Quartet No. 1 in C minor, Op. 51 No. 1

Recorded 1959

String Quartet No. 2 in A minor, Op. 51 No. 2

Recorded 1959

String Quartet No. 3 in B flat major, Op. 67

Recorded 1960

Piano Quintet in F minor, Op. 34

Recorded 1968

Christoph Eschenbach (piano)

String Quintet No. 1 in F major, Op. 88

Cecil Aronowitz (viola)

String Quintet No. 2 in G major, Op. 111

Cecil Aronowitz (viola)

Piano Quartet No. 1 in G minor, Op. 25

Emil Gilels (piano)

Clarinet Quintet in B minor, Op. 115

Karl Leister (clarinet)

String Sextet No. 1 in B flat major, Op. 18

Cecil Aronowitz (viola), William Pleeth (cello)

String Sextet No. 2 in G major, Op. 36

Cecil Aronowitz (viola), William Pleeth (cello)

 

Bridge:

Phantasy in F sharp minor for piano quartet

Benjamin Britten (piano)

 

Britten:

String Quartet No. 2 in C major, Op. 36

String Quartet No. 3, Op. 94

String Quartet No. 3, Op. 94

Live from the Wigmore Hall -35th Anniversary Recital

 

Bruckner:

String Quintet in F major

Cecil Aronowitz (viola)

 

Dvorak:

String Quartet No. 12 in F major, Op. 96 'American'

Recorded 1959

String Quartet No. 12 in F major, Op. 96 'American'

Recorded 1977

 

Fricker:

String Quartet No. 2 Op. 20

 

Haydn:

String Quartet, Op. 51 'Seven Last Words'

Recorded 1951

String Quartet, Op. 54 No. 1 in G major

Recorded 1957

String Quartet, Op. 54 No. 2 in C major

Recorded 1954

String Quartet, Op. 64 No. 3 in B flat major

Recorded 1957

String Quartet, Op. 74 No. 1 in C major

Recorded 1957

String Quartet, Op. 77 No. 1 in G major

Recorded 1956

String Quartet, Op. 103 in D minor

Recorded 1951

String Quartet, Op. 76 No. 2 in D minor 'Fifths'

Live Recording from the Wigmore Hall 1983

String Quartet, Op. 51 'Seven Last Words'

Recorded 1971

String Quartet, Op. 54 No. 1 in G major

String Quartet, Op. 54 No. 2 in C major

String Quartet, Op. 54 No. 3 in E major

String Quartet, Op. 55 No. 1 in A major

String Quartet, Op. 55 No. 2 in F minor 'The Razor'

String Quartet, Op. 55 No. 3 in B major

String Quartets, Op. 64 Nos. 1-6 (complete)

String Quartet, Op. 71 No. 1 in B flat major

String Quartet, Op. 71 No. 2 in D major

String Quartet, Op. 71 No. 3 in E flat major

String Quartet, Op. 74 No. 1 in C major

String Quartet, Op. 74 No. 2 in F major

String Quartet, Op. 74 No. 3 in G minor 'The Rider'

String Quartets, Op. 76 Nos. 1-6 (complete)

String Quartet, Op. 77 No. 1 in G major

String Quartet, Op. 77 No. 2 in F major

String Quartet, Op. 103 in D minor

String Quartet, Op. 76 No. 3 in C major 'Emperor'

 

MacMillan, E:

String Quartet in C minor

First Release on CD

Two Sketches based on French Canadian Airs

First Release on CD

 

Mendelssohn:

Four pieces for String Quartet, Op. 81

Recorded 1955

 

Mozart:

String Quartet No. 17 in B flat major, K458 'The Hunt'

Recorded 1951

String Quartet No. 16 in E flat, K428

Recorded 1951

String Quartet No. 23 in F Major, K590 'Prussian No. 3'

Recorded 1951

String Quartet No. 18 in A Major, K464 'Drum'

Recorded 1951

String Quartet No. 19 in C major, K465 'Dissonance'

Recorded 1954

String Quartet No. 21 in D major, K575 'Prussian No. 1'

Recorded 1954

String Quartet No. 15 in D minor, K421

Recorded 1953

String Quartet No. 20 in D major, K499 'Hoffmeister'

Recorded 1955

String Quartet No. 22 in B flat major, K589 'Prussian No. 2'

Recorded 1955

String Quintet No. 3 in C major, K515

Recorded 1953

Cecil Aronowitz (viola)

String Quintet No. 6 in E flat major, K614

Recorded 1957

Cecil Aronowitz (viola)

String Quintet No. 4 in G minor, K516

Recorded 1951

Cecil Aronowitz (viola)

String Quintet No. 5 in D major, K593

Recorded 1957

Cecil Aronowitz (viola)

String Quartet No. 16 in E flat, K428

Recorded 1957

String Quartet No. 23 in F Major, K590 'Prussian No. 3'

Recorded 1957

String Quintet No. 4 in G minor, K516

Recorded 1957

Cecil Aronowitz (viola)

String Quartet No. 17 in B flat major, K458 'The Hunt'

Recorded 1956

String Quartet No. 17 in B flat major, K458 'The Hunt'

String Quartets (Complete)

Recorded 1963-76

String Quintet No. 2 in C minor, K406

Recorded 1968

Cecil Aronowitz (viola)

String Quintet No. 3 in C major, K515

Recorded 1967

Cecil Aronowitz (viola)

String Quintet No. 5 in D major, K593

Recorded 1968

Cecil Aronowitz (viola)

String Quintet No. 1 in B flat major, K174

Recorded 1974

Cecil Aronowitz (viola)

String Quintet No. 4 in G minor, K516

Recorded 1969

Cecil Aronowitz (viola)

String Quintet No. 6 in E flat major, K614

Recorded 1968

Cecil Aronowitz (viola)

Flute Quartets Nos. 1-4 (complete)

Andreas Brau (flute)

Oboe Quartet in F major, K370

Lothar Koch (oboe)

Horn Quintet in E flat, K407

Gerd Seiffert (horn)

Clarinet Quintet in A major, K581

Gervase de Peyer (clarinet)

Divertimento in E flat major, K563

Piano Quartet No. 1 in G minor, K478

Walter Klein (piano)

Piano Quartet No. 2 in E flat major, K493

Walter Klein (piano)

Serenade No. 13 in G major, K525 'Eine kleine Nachtmusik'

Ein musikalischer Spass K522

Adagio & Fugue in C minor for Strings, K546

Piano Quartet No. 1 in G minor, K478

Clifford Curzon (piano)

Piano Quartet No. 2 in E flat major, K493

Clifford Curzon (piano)

 

Schubert:

String Quartet No. 10 in E flat major, D87

Recorded 1955

String Quartet No. 8 in B flat major, D112

Recorded 1955

String Quartet No. 13 in A minor, D804 'Rosamunde'

Recorded 1954

String Quartet No. 15 in G Major, D887

Recorded 1951

String Quartet No. 14 in D minor, D810 'Death and the Maiden'

Recorded 1953

String Quartet No. 12 in C minor (fragment), D703 ‘Quartettsatz'

Recorded 1951

String Quartet No. 10 in E flat major, D87

Recorded 1980

String Quartet No. 8 in B flat major, D112

Recorded 1980

String Quartet No. 9 in G minor, D173

Recorded 1966

String Quartet No. 13 in A minor, D804 'Rosamunde'

String Quartet No. 15 in G Major, D887

String Quartet No. 12 in C minor (fragment), D703 ‘Quartettsatz'

Piano Quintet in A major, D667 'The Trout'

Emil Gilels (piano)

String Quartet No. 14 in D minor, D810 'Death and the Maiden'

Recorded 1959

String Quartet No. 14 in D minor, D810 'Death and the Maiden'

Recorded 1981

String Quintet in C major, D956

William Pleeth (cello)

String Quintet in C major, D956

Robert Cohen (cello)

 

Smetana:

String Quartet No. 1 in E minor 'From My Life'

 

Tchaikovsky:

String Quartet No. 1 in D major, Op. 11

 

Verdi:

String Quartet in E minor

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