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Hindemith: String Quartets, Vol. 3: String Quartets Nos. 1 and 4

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String Quartet No. 1 in C Major, Op. 2  
1
I. Sehr lebhaft
Paul Hindemith; Amar Quartet
15:13
2
II. Adagio
Paul Hindemith; Amar Quartet
12:37
3
III. Scherzo
Paul Hindemith; Amar Quartet
6:52
4
IV. Ziemlich lebhaft
Paul Hindemith; Amar Quartet
6:43
String Quartet No. 4, Op. 22  
5
I. Fugato. Sehr langsame Viertel
Paul Hindemith; Amar Quartet
6:37
6
II. Schnelle Achtel. Sehr energisch
Paul Hindemith; Amar Quartet
5:09
7
III. Ruhige Viertel. Stets fließend
Paul Hindemith; Amar Quartet
7:16
8
IV. Mäßig schnelle Viertel
Paul Hindemith; Amar Quartet
2:12
9
V. Rondo. Gemächlich und mit Grazie
Paul Hindemith; Amar Quartet
4:44
Digital Booklet
Total Playing Time    67:23
This is the third and final volume in a highly acclaimed cycle of Hindemith's string quartets recorded by the Amar Quartet. Hindemith's seven string quartets were produced in different phases of his compositional development and all reflect his experience as a distinguished and experienced string player. Influenced both by Brahmsian late-Romanticism and by the catastrophic events of the First World War, the imaginative String Quartet No. 1 reflects the composer's concern to both extend and honour traditional forms. Cast in the form of a suite, the tempestuous and beautiful String Quartet No. 4 remains Hindemith’s most popular and performed quartet.
44.1 kHz / 24-bit PCM – Naxos Studio Masters

Recorded at the Großer Saal, Radiostudio Zürich, Schweizer Radio DRS, Zürich, Switzerland, 6 - 8 December 2009
A co-production with Schweizer Radio DRS (executive producer DRS 2: Christoph Keller)
Producer, engineer and editor: Eckhard Glauche
Booklet notes: Giselher Schubert
Cover: Paolo Zeccara
Publisher: Schott Music GmbH, Mainz

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