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Complete String Quartets

Joseph Marx , Thomas Christian Ensemble Audio CD
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  • Performer: Thomas Christian Ensemble
  • Composer: Joseph Marx
  • Audio CD (September 26, 2006)
  • SPARS Code: DDD
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: CPO Records
  • ASIN: B000H4VZ5S
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #479,034 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Allegro Poco Moderato
2. Preseto
3. Adagio Molto
4. Vivace
5. Allegro Con Brio
6. Adagio Ma Non Troppo
7. Tempo Di Minuetto
8. Poco Presto
9. Allegro Cantabile
10. Scherzo (Sehr Lebhaft)
11. Sehr Langasm Und Ausdrucksvoll
12. Allegro

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5.0 out of 5 stars Luscious Late Romantic Quartets by an Austrian Master October 11, 2006
To a large extent due to the efforts of Berkant Haydin, an expert in the music of the relatively obscure late Romantic Austrian composer Joseph Marx (1882-1964), there has been a spate in the past few years of the composer's music in various forms. This CD of his complete output of string quartets, however, is the first duplication in that effort. Earlier, on the ASV label, the Lyric Quartet recorded them, and now members of the Thomas Christian Ensemble have done so as well. Haydin has supplied very extensive and informative, if somewhat adulatory, information in the liner notes.

Marx was an arch-conservative who bucked the trend in Austrian music when it went the way of Schönberg, Berg and Webern. He was enormously respected as composer and educator in his time but his more recent reputation has until now rested primarily on the occasional programming of his songs. He wrote in all forms and here at Amazon I have reviewed positively recordings several of his orchestral works, including large tone poems, orchestral songs and piano concerti. This CD and the earlier Lyric Quartet recording are the only generally available issue of any of his chamber music, and on the basis of these three works I'd say there is more to be discovered.

The three quartets, written in the 1930s and 1940s, are very much in the vein of similar music by Korngold, Schreker and Pfitzner, say, but have their own discernible voice. For more information please see my reviews of the Lyric Quartet's recording on ASV. The Thomas Christian Ensemble and the Lyric Quartet bring similar merits to their performances of the quartets and there is little to choose between them. Still, one is glad to have multiple recordings of works as lovely as these.

Scott Morrison
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