Niklas Sivelöv proves a thoroughly idiomatic interpreter and is as much at home in the quasi-impressionistic third movement of the Late Summer Nights and the delicate Poco allegretto as he is in the virtuosic, big-boned, penultimate movement. He is very well served by the recording engineers. Well worth the money.
The waltzes and polkas of the Strauss family, usually recorded in their day in the countless coffee-houses, restaurants and beer-halls throughout Austria in much smaller arrangements, as recorded here for a string quartet. These are sympathetic performances, which readily evoke 19th-century Austria. The waltzes are well contrasted with the polkas (the minor-keyed Sehnsucht Polka, a sentimental and charming piece, is highlight). Perhaps the string tone, alongside the highest standards, isn’t as sophisticated as it might be, but, most importantly, the right style is conveyed.
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