Orpheus String Quartet
BEETHOVEN: String Quartet No. 8 in E Minor, Op. 59, No. 2 "Rasumovsky Quartet No. 2"
Ludwig van Beethoven (1770-1827):
String Quartet No. 8 in E Minor
Op. 59, No. 2 · "Rasumovsky Quartet No. 2"
Performed by the Orpheus String Quartet:
A live recording from the German
DDD · Duration: 35 Min. 41 Sec. · 4 Tracks
String Quartets by Veress & Beethoven
Veress & BeethovenThe Orpheus Quartet plays
Sandor Veress: String Quartet No. 2
Ludwig van Beethoven: String Quartet in E Minor, Op. 59, No. 2 "Rasumovsky Quartet No. 2"
Franz Schubert: Stringquartet in C minor, D 703
Charles-André Linale - 1st Violin · Emilian Piedicuta - 2nd Violin
Emile Cantor - Viola · Laurentiu Sbarcea - Cello
A concert recording from the German
Unesco World Heitage Site Maulbronn Monastery
DDD · c. 60 Minutes
A terrific performance...
A terrific performance and the equally rare chance to hear one of Europe's most thoughtful Ensembles. Sándor Veress has been overshadowed by his Hungarian compatriots, but on the rare occasions when I encounter his music I always find it worth hearing. His First Quartet, premiered in Prague in 1935 but written four years earlier, is demonstrably from the same soil as Bartók and Kodály, but quite individual. Its first movement is in slow-fast-slow form, after which comes an Andante and finally a highly rhythmic Vivo. The German based Orpheus Quartet gives a terrific performance to end this concert, recorded live in the convent at Maulbronn... The disc is worth pursuing for the rare Veress and the equally rare chance to hear one of Europe´s most thoughtful ensembles. Since the disc was made, the Orpheus has changed its second violinist and we have had the appalling news of the death of leader Charles-André Linale.
***** A real feeling of being in the concert
I first heard the Orpheus Quartet in Spain and have collected their studio recordings. I was eager to hear them again, and K&K's series of live concert recordings from Maulbronn has given me an opportunity to hear how they were playing two years on. However, whilst writing this review, I am saddened to learn from the Orpheus Quartet website that their leader, Charles-André Linale, was killed in a car crash last month. Chamber music is given in the lay refectory, and reverberation is long during pauses after Beethoven's sf chords, but you soon get used to that, and it is more than compensated for by the bloom on the sound - you have a real feeling of being there with the audience. The Orpheus four have exactly the right feeling for the not-easy Schubert Quartettsatz and Beethoven's Op. 59/2, which can be a long haul; with all repeats, it was gripping from beginning to end. In this June 2002 concert their novelty was a quartet by Sandor Veress, an excellent composer heard infrequently in UK. Without any studio editing, the accuracy of these performances is remarkable and testifies to the good health of this top string quartet in what, it transpires, will have been one of their last recorded concerts with their multinational founder members; the exceptional performance of the Beethoven a worthy memorial for Charles-André Linale.
Vol. 04: The most beautiful Concert Highlights 2001-2002
The 20th Anniversary of the Maulbronn Monastery EditionHighlights from:
The most beautiful Concert Highlights
from Maulbronn Monastery 2001-2002
The 50th Anniversary of the Maulbronn Monastery Concerts
Giacomo Puccini: Messa di gloria (May 19 & 20, 2001)
Giuseppe Torelli: Trumpet Sonata in D Major, G. 1
Johann S. Bach: Sonata No. 3 for Violin & Harpsichord in E Major, BWV 1016
Johann S. Bach: Brandenburg Concerto No. 2 in F Major, BWV 1047 (May 2001)
Wolfgang A. Mozart: Piano Concerto No. 17 in G Major, K. 453
Wolfgang A. Mozart: Piano Concerto No. 23 in A Major, K. 488 (September 14, 2001)
The South American Christmas Concert: "Es sol claro y luciente" (June 1, 2002)
Joaquin Turina: Piano Trio No. 1 in D Major, Op. 35
Ludwig van Beethoven: Piano Trio in E-Flat Major, Op. 70, No. 2 (June 14, 2002)
L.v.Beethoven: "Rasumovsky String Quartet No. 2" E Minor, Op. 59/2 (June 20, 2002)
Live recordings from the German UNESCO World Heritage Site Maulbronn Monastery
HD Recording · DDD · Duration: c. 99 Minutes
Digital Album · 17 Tracks · incl. Digital Booklet
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