Bruckner: String QUINTET in F Major; String Quartet in C minor
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Bruckner, A.: String Quintet in F Major / String Quartet in C Minor
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Anton Bruckner' String Quintet in F major was composed at the suggestion of the famous Viennese violinist Joseph Hellmesberger. Contemporaneous with his Fifth and Sixth Symphonies, it is a deftly written Romantic work, symphonic in scale but intimate in
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Bruckner's early Quartet is even more an episodic divertimento than the late Quintet. The influence of Spohr seems obvious, though devout Brucknerites will be outraged at the comparison. There's nothing wrong, my friends, with sounding like Louis Spohr, although Spohr's quintets are less impressive than his double quartets and his concerto for string quartet. Bruckner, of course, was far more earnest about his symphonies; the lucid elegance of chamber music was not his forte. Still, this quartet is well worth hearing.