Doric String Quartet – Korngold: The String Quartets (2010) {HD Tracks}

Title: Korngold: The String Quartets
Year Of Release: 2010
Label: Chandos
Genre: Classical
Quality: FLAC {Tracks, 24bit/96kHz}
Total Time: 79:16 min
Total Size: 1,34 Gb

AllMusic Review

Erich Wolfgang Korngold is best remembered today for his popular film scores for Captain Blood, The Adventures of Robin Hood, and The Sea Hawk, among other Hollywood classics, and for his opera Die tote Stadt, but his oeuvre of concert and chamber music has been undergoing a gradual revival since the 1970s, with a steady increase of recordings of key works. The three string quartets are represented in the catalog on a handful of CDs, but they remain somewhat exclusive items for string players and connoisseurs and have yet to be widely performed. This album by the Doric String Quartet does the music justice, and anyone who enjoys late-Romantic string writing will find Korngold's musical vocabulary familiar, from his lush harmonies and wide-ranging modulations to rich thematic developments and gorgeous melodies. He was also adept at instrumental repartée, which is a hallmark of the greatest string quartets, so the exchanges are always fresh and lively in the tradition of Mozart and Haydn. The Doric has a firm grasp of Korngold's virtuosic string writing, which involves virtually all the special techniques prior to Bartók's innovations, and displays a high frequency of double- and triple-stops. Chandos' recording is intimate and detailed, but there is sufficient resonance and space to keep the strings from sounding gritty.

Doric String Quartet - Korngold: The String Quartets (2010) {HD Tracks}
String Quartet No. 1, Op. 16 (1920–23) In A Major
01 I Allegro Molto 7:51
02 II Adagio, Quasi Fantasia. Langsam, Mit Großem Ausdruck 8:39
03 III Intermezzo. Ziemlich Lebhaft, Mit Grazie 5:01
04 IV Finale. Allegretto Amabile E Comodo 10:39

String Quartet No. 2, Op. 26 (1933) In E Flat Major
05 I Allegro 5:38
06 II Intermezzo. Allegretto Con Moto – Molto Più Mosso – Tempo I 3:37
07 III Larghetto. Lento – Con Molto Sentimento 7:14
08 IV Waltz (Finale). Tempo Di Valse – Meno Mosso – Poco Più Mosso – Poco Meno Mosso – [Poco Più Mosso] – Meno Mosso – Poco Più Mosso – Grandioso – Più Mosso 5:23

String Quartet No. 3, Op. 34 (1944-45) In D Major
09 I Allegro Moderato – Tranquillo – Subito Agitato – Tempo I – Poco Meno 6:33
10 II Scherzo. Allegro Molto – Trio. L'istesso Tempo – Meno Mosso – Più Mosso – Scherzo D.C. Al Fine 3:51
11 III Sostenuto. Like A Folk Tune – Poco Più Mosso – Appassionato – Molto Meno, Dolce – Tempo I 9:29
12 IV Finale. Allegro – Allegro Con Fuoco – Più Mosso 5:21