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Brahms: String Quartets Nos. 1 & 2

New Zealand String Quartet

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String Quartet No. 1 in C Minor, Op. 51 No. 1  
1
I. Allegro
Johannes Brahms; New Zealand String Quartet
10:52
2
II. Romanze. Poco adagio
Johannes Brahms; New Zealand String Quartet
7:05
3
III. Allegretto molto moderato e comodo
Johannes Brahms; New Zealand String Quartet
9:04
4
IV. Allegro
Johannes Brahms; New Zealand String Quartet
6:00
String Quartet No. 2 in A Minor, Op. 51 No. 2  
5
I. Allegro non troppo
Johannes Brahms; New Zealand String Quartet
12:57
6
II. Andante moderato
Johannes Brahms; New Zealand String Quartet
10:04
7
III. Quasi Minuetto, moderato
Johannes Brahms; New Zealand String Quartet
5:28
8
IV. Finale. Allegro non assai
Johannes Brahms; New Zealand String Quartet
6:58
Digital Booklet
Total Playing Time    68:28
The New Zealand String Quartet presents two mature masterpieces by Brahms, his first two string quartets. Brahms was very conscious of the tradition that lay behind the genre, while the spirits of Haydn, Mozart, Beethoven and Schubert ensured that he took the greatest of care when preparing his own quartets. Each perfectly proportioned movement of these works creates its own unique expressive narrative, exploring bittersweet tonalities and thematic treatment ranging from tender lyricism to dramatic intensity.
96 kHz / 24-bit PCM – Naxos Studio Masters

Recorded at St Anne’s Anglican Church, Toronto, Ontario, Canada, from 16th to 18th July, 2014
Producers: Norbert Kraft and Bonnie Silver
Engineer and editor: Norbert Kraft • Booklet notes: Keith Anderson
Cover photograph: Tutzing, Bavaria by Magann / iStockphoto

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