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BERG: String Quartet / Lyric Suite / WOLF: Italian Serenade


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BERG: String Quartet / Lyric Suite / WOLF: Italian Serenade

Alban Berg’s two works for string quartet alone are enough to place him with the foremost exponents of the quartet medium during the first half of the twentieth century. The String Quartet, Op. 3, completed in 1910, is both a graduation exercise and also the composer’s first extended foray into the non-tonal regions that were then being explored by Schoenberg and Webern. Berg’s highly expressive Lyric Suite, inspired by his love-affair with the wife of a family friend, is notable for its unconventional six-movement form, the odd-numbered of which become progressively faster and more disruptive, while the evennumbered ones become progressively slower and more intense. Hugo Wolf’s Italian Serenade is a lighthearted piece later orchestrated as the first movement of a larger suite.

Berg, Alban

  String Quartet, Op. 3
1.   I. Langsam 00:10:13
2.   II. Massige Viertel 00:11:31
  Lyric Suite
3.   I. Allegretto gioviale 00:03:02
4.   II. Andante amoroso 00:05:46
5.   III. Allegro misterioso 00:03:23
6.   IV. Adagio appassionato 00:05:41
7.   V. Presto delirando 00:04:39
8.   VI. Largo desolato 00:05:58

Wolf, Hugo

  Italian Serenade
9.   Italian Serenade 00:06:56

Total Playing Time: 00:57:09

Berg, Alban; Wolf, Hugo

New Zealand String Quartet

Label: Naxos

Genre: Chamber Music

Period: 20th Century; Romantic

Catalogue No: 8.557374

Barcode: 0747313237425

Physical Release: 06/2007

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