Borodin String Quartet No. 1

Emerson String Quartet - Tchaikovsky & Borodin: String Quartet No.1&2 (1986) {Deutsche Grammophon}

Emerson String Quartet - Tchaikovsky & Borodin: String Quartet No.1&2 (1986) {Deutsche Grammophon}
EAC 0.99pb5 | FLAC tracks level 8 | Cue+Log+M3U | Full Scans 300dpi | 224MB + 5% Recovery
MP3 CBR 320 Kbps | 123MB + 5% Recovery
Genre: Classical

The String Quartet No. 1 in D major, Opus 11, was Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky's first completed string quartet of three string quartets, published during his lifetime. (An earlier attempt had been abandoned after the first movement had been completed.) Composed in February 1871, it was premiered in Moscow on 16/28 March 1871 by four members of the Russian Musical Society: Ferdinand Laub and Ludvig Minkus, violins; Pryanishnikov, viola; and Wilhelm Fitzenhagen, cello.
Charles Wuorinen - Scherzo, String Quartet No. 1, Viola Variations, Piano Quintet No. 2

Charles Wuorinen - Scherzo, String Quartet No. 1, Viola Variations, Piano Quintet No. 2
EAC | FLAC+CUE+LOG | Covers | 1 CD | 271 MB | Filesonic + Fileserve
XX Century Classical | Released: 2011 | Label: Naxos

Charles Wuorinen’s staggeringly prolific output has been remarkably consistent yet tremendously varied. This disc presents the first commercial recordings of three recent pieces, together with the First String Quartet, a watershed work in the composer’s career. Wuorinen’s personal musical language is unabashedly modernist yet imbued with a love of early polyphony, and makes virtuosic demands on the performers. This spritely, sometimes elusive, often ‘maximalist’ music invites multiple interpretations and hearings to reveal the riches deep beneath its sparkling, ever-shifting surface.
Brahms - String Quartet No.1, String Quintet No.2 - Belcea Quartet (2004)

Brahms - String Quartet No.1, String Quintet No.2
Belcea Quartet (2004)
Classical | FLAC | 298 MB | 62’14 | No cover
Henryk Górecki: String Quartet Nos.1 & 2 (Kronos Quartet) (1993)

Henryk Górecki - Already It Is Dusk (String Quartet No.1, Op. 62) / Quasi una Fantasia (String Quartet No.2, Op. 64) (1993)
Classical | EAC (APE & CUE) | 174 MB

Henryk Górecki's ''Already It Is Dusk'' mixes past and present, drawing on folk music of his native country Poland, using both dances and dirges, while "Quasi una Fantasia" carries a subtle undertone of deep-seated hallucination through its cumulative repetitions. But his quotations are less specific and literal, and yet are presented in an edgy modern harmonization that makes them seem searingly angry and accusatory. This is especially evident with the Kronos's acidic timbre that seems to add fuel to the mounting tension.
Borodin Quartet - Shostakovich: String Quartets No 1, 8 & 14 (2015)

Borodin Quartet - Shostakovich: String Quartets No 1, 8 & 14 (2015)
MP3 320kbps CBR | 1 CD | 178 MB | Full Scans
Genre: Classical | Label: Decca | Catalog Number: 4788205

The original Borodin Quartet was founded in 1945 in the Soviet Union and this release marks the Quartet’s 70th anniversary. They enjoyed a close relationship with Shostakovich, and often worked with him as a new quartet was written (and they also recorded the cycle).
Borodin String Quartet - Beethoven: String Quartets Vol 2 (2004)

Borodin String Quartet - Beethoven: String Quartets Vol 2 (2004)
EAC Rip | Flac (Tracks + cue + log) | 347 MB | MP3 320Kbps CBR | 185 MB | 1 CD | Full Scans
Genre: Classical | Label: Chandos | Catalog Number: 10191

Following close on the heels of the mighty F major Quartet (featured in the first volume of this series along with Op. 59, No. 3), Beethoven’s Quartet in E minor, Op. 59 No. 2 could not be more different. Where the F major Quartet pursues its course with a leisurely breadth, the cries of the opening chords of the E minor and the whispers that follow confront a void. The real release comes only in the slow movement, which was clearly a significant piece for the composer, judging by his instruction ‘this piece is to be played with great feeling’. The battle of E minor and E major continues in the scherzo: its fractured waltz comes out into the light of the trio with one of the Russian themes Beethoven promised Count Rasumovsky he would insert into each of the quartets.
Doric String Quartet, Allison Bell - Brett Dean: Epitaphs; String Quartets Nos. 1 & 2 (2015)

Brett Dean - Epitaphs; String Quartets Nos. 1 & 2 (2015)
Doric String Quartet; Allison Bell, soprano; Brett Dean, viola

EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue&Log) ~ 246 Mb (incl 5%) | Mp3 (CBR320) ~ 153 Mb (incl 5%) | Scans included
Genre: Classical, Contemporary | Label: Chandos | # CHAN 10873 | Time: 01:01:50

Brett Dean is not shy about revealing what his music is ‘about’. Whether inspired by certain individuals (as in Epitaphs), or by an ecological or human disaster (as in his String Quartet No. 1, on the now all too topical plight of refugees), Dean’s works are usually – perhaps invariably – driven by extra-musical narratives. Rather than tease out any innate structural puzzles or tensions, his music typically falls into short little dramatic narratives – no movement on this disc lasts as long as eight minutes, many of them rather less than five. The most obviously successful work here is Quartet No. 2, ‘And once I played Ophelia’, effectively a dramatic scena. Its soprano soloist is no mere extra voice (as in Schoenberg’s Second Quartet) but the leading protagonist. Allison Bell’s genuinely affecting performance is backed by the Doric Quartet’s expressionist scampering and sustained harmonies, the strings occasionally coming to the fore in the manner of a Schumann-style song postlude.
Kronos Quartet - Henryk Gorecki: String Quartet No. 3: ...Songs Are Sung (2007) (Repost)

Kronos Quartet - Henryk Gorecki: String Quartet No. 3: …Songs Are Sung (2007)
XLD Rip | FLAC (image+.cue, log) - 187 MB | MP3 (CBR 320 kbps) - 121 MB | Covers Included | 50:15
Genre: Classical | Label: Nonesuch | Catalog: 104380

The essay in the program booklet for this release of Górecki's String Quartet No. 3 (…songs were sung), makes much of a supposed caesura in Górecki's creative output following the phenomenal success of Nonesuch's 1992 release of this Third Symphony, with soprano Dawn Upshaw, which elevated him practically to the level of a pop star. The essay implies that his meteoric rise to being one of the most famous and popular contemporary composers may have produced a creative crisis that caused him to wait until 2005 to finally deliver the score of his Third Quartet, which he had written in the winter of 1994-1995. In fact, Górecki's sudden notoriety seems to have had little effect on his creativity; between 1993 and 2004, he wrote 16 opus numbers.
Mojca Erdmann & Kuss Quartet - Brahms: String Quartet No. 3, Lieder & Schoenberg String Quartet No. 2 (2016)

Mojca Erdmann & Kuss Quartet - Brahms: String Quartet No. 3, Lieder & Schoenberg String Quartet No. 2 (2016)
Classical | MP3 CBR 320 kbps | 01:13:03 | 168 MB
Label: Onyx Classics

The Kuss Quartet s fourth ONYX album is a programme of Brahms and Schoenberg on which they are joined by the German soprano, Mojca Erdmann, in three Brahms Lieder and in the 2nd of Schoenberg s four string quartets. After composing his First Chamber Symphony Op.9 in 1907, Schoenberg wrote 'Now I have established my style I know now how I have to compose'. However his next work showed a great deviation in style and tonality is tenuous in the extreme.
Gould Piano Trio & David Adams - Stanford: Piano Trio No.2, Piano Quartet No.1 (2015)

Gould Piano Trio & David Adams - Stanford: Piano Trio No.2, Piano Quartet No.1 (2015)
Classical | MP3 CBR 320 kbps | 01:01:14 | 140 MB
Label: Naxos

One of Britain’s leading composers and educators of his day, Stanford considered chamber music an essential representation of ‘absolute music’. His mastery of extended instrumental forms truly comes of age in the First Piano Quartet, a work which breathes a confidence and fluency to rival Brahms. An adventurous harmonic palette distinguishes the Second Piano Trio, the Beethovenian pathos of its slow movement contrasting with the defiant turbulence of its cyclically related outer movements. The Gould Trio is ‘magnificently stylish’ (Gramophone) in their recording of Stanford’s First Piano Trio (8572452).