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LaSalle Quartet plays Haydn ·Brahms · Zemlinsky
1 CD | 69min | Nr. 94.228
CD 1: » Joseph Haydn: String Quartet No. 71 D major op. 71 No. 2 Hob. III:70
» Johannes Brahms: String Quartet No. 3 B flat major op. 67
» Alexander Zemlinsky: String Quartet No. 3 op. 19

The LaSalle Quartet was active from 1946 to 1988, however its influence goes far beyond that.

Violinist Walter Levine is still a vital, much sought out authority for string players. The quartet has remained one of the primary references in regard to the discussion of important interpretive and practical performance issues.

The men of the LaSalle were one of the most influential post war strings quartets to attain such international prestige and renowned for their distinctive tonal character and interpretive approaches. With great determination and also great conviction, the LaSalle Quartet was from their founding, devoted to the repertoire of the late 19th and 20th century. Among these, the works of Schoenberg, Berg and Webern were a significant part, but so were the quartets of Schoenberg's teacher, Alexander Zemlinsky.

This CD presents studio recordings from 1965, 1968 and 1977, and draws together Zemlinsky with Haydn and Brahms – a bold program for an ensemble specializing in modern to include some “early music “. But the works ordered here are not presented merely because they are well-known pieces; rather, they are picked up anew and reexamined from a new perspective and with a fresh approach to listening and interpretation. One approaches these quartets thinking critically and listening attentively.