Escher String Quartet - Streichquartette Vol. 2
Composer: Alexander Zemlinsky
Alexander von Zemlinsky (1871-1942): Streichquartette Vol. 2
Streichquartette Nr. 1 & 2
Escher String Quartet, Violine I: Adam Barnett-Hart, Violine II: Wu Jie, Viola: Pierre Lapointe, Violoncello: Dane Johansen
1. Streichquartett Nr. 1 A-Dur op. 4
2. Streichquartett Nr. 2 op. 15
By 1896, at the age of twenty-five, Alexander Zemlinsky was one of the rising stars in the Viennese musical firmament. His first opera had been written, he had won a number of awards, and he had earned the support of Johannes Brahms.
In July of the same year he began writing his First String Quartet, a work of sweeping lyricism, rich dance patterns, and self-confidence, couched within the bounds of a relatively conventional palette.
Seventeen years later he began his Second String Quartet. Kaleidoscopic in effect, mood, and technical demands, and redolent of the music of the new century—led by his brother-in-law Arnold Schoenberg—it was to place Zemlinsky securely in the European avant-garde.
"Dieses Ensemble hat ganz einfach das nötige Zeug zu einem zweiten Emerson oder Juilliard Quartet (...) mit einer solch seltenen musikalischen Einsicht und einem profunden Niveau an Zusammenhalt"