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Bruckner: Quintet & Quartet

Bruckner: Quintet & Quartet
Label(s)
Genre(s)
Classical
Code
CKD 402
Inlay available for download
Booklet available for download
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The Fitzwilliam String Quartet, together with violist James Boyd (of the London Haydn Quartet) presents a historically informed performance of Bruckner's String Quintet and Quartet.

This is the first recording to use gut strings (a special set from Dan Larsen in Minnesota was obtained specially for this recording) and original instruments at the correct pitch for the time. Having first tackled the Bruckner Quintet nearly forty years ago, the Fitzwilliam's starting point was achieving the famous 'Bruckner sound' as well as considering tempo, bow strokes, use of vibrato and portamento in the performance. With many great moments (such as the Adagio) the Quintet is guaranteed an exalted place in the hierarchy of chamber masterworks.

Upon hearing the performance The Bruckner Journal wrote: "It was a revelation to hear Bruckner's quintet played on instruments with this gut string set-up appropriate to the time of its composition, and to hear it performed with a flexible lyricism that has become a rare thing in Bruckner performance."