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Stenhammar - String Quartets

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Catalogue numberBIS-SACD-1659
Release date2013-06-10
Discs1
Orig. sample rate96000Hz

If there is one Swedish composer in the early 20th century who in some way can compare with Sibelius and Nielsen, it is Wilhelm Stenhammar – incidentally a personal friend of both these towering figures in Nordic music.

And in Stenhammar’s production – which includes songs, piano music and large-scale orchestral works – his string quartets form a special chapter. The seven quartets (of which one, in F minor, was withdrawn by the composer soon after its first performance) were written over the space of 22 years, and mirror Stenhammar’s development, from full-blown Romanticism to a more sparse and formally concentrated idiom.

As a pianist, Stenhammar worked closely for many years with the Aulin Quartet, the finest Swedish string quartet of its time. (It was the Aulin Quartet that gave the first performances of all Stenhammar’s quartets up to and including No.4 in A minor, Op.25.) His familiarity with the medium is evident in these works which have been described as ‘the most important written between those of Brahms and Bartók’, but which still remain less well-known internationally than they deserve.

In a bid to change this, the Stenhammar Quartet here present the first disc in a trilogy which will include the six quartets published during the composer’s lifetime, as well as the F minor quartet – for the first time on disc – and other music for string quartet. Making its first appearance on BIS, the Stenhammar Quartet was formed in 2002 and has made a name for itself in Sweden and internationally as interpreters of Stenhammar’s music, as well as of core repertoire and contemporary works.
 
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  Composer: Stenhammar, Wilhelm
  String Quartet No.4 in A minor, Op.25 (1904–09) 33:29
01 I. Allegro ma non troppo 09:20 $ 2.24 USD
02 II. Adagio 06:04 $ 1.46 USD
03 III. Scherzo. Allegro 07:01 $ 1.68 USD
04 IV. Aria variata. Andante semplice 11:04 $ 2.66 USD
 
 
  Composer: Stenhammar, Wilhelm
  Lodolezzi sjunger (Lodolezzi Sings), Op.39 (1919) 07:38
05 Elegi. Lento 03:26 $ 0.82 USD
06 Intermezzo. Allegro agitato 04:12 $ 1.01 USD
 
 
  Composer: Stenhammar, Wilhelm
  String Quartet No.3 in F major, Op.18 (1897–1900) 32:36
07 I. Quasi andante 08:47 $ 2.11 USD
08 II. Presto molto agitato 05:11 $ 1.24 USD
09 III. Lento sostenuto 07:24 $ 1.78 USD
10 IV. Presto molto agitato – Molto moderato 11:14 $ 2.70 USD
 
  Album total 01:13:43
ComposerStenhammar, Wilhelm
EnsembleStenhammar Quartet

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