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New Orford String Quartet
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New Orford String Quartet performs Schubert and Beethoven
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The two masterful quartets by Schubert and Beethoven on this disc were composed in the same year, 1826. They are performed here by the superb New Orford String Quartet. Through its many tours and recordings both at home and abroad, the Orford String Quartet became one of Canada's best-known and most illustrious musical ensembles. After 26 years and more than 2000 concerts on six continents, the Quartet disbanded, giving its last concert on July 28, 1991. In July 2009 the New Orford String Quartet arose from the fame and tradition of its glorious predecessor, giving its first concert for a sold-out audience at the Orford Arts Centre. This disc marks the New Orford's debut recording.
- Is Discontinued By Manufacturer : No
- Product Dimensions : 5.71 x 5.04 x 0.39 inches; 3.67 Ounces
- Manufacturer : Bridge
- Original Release Date : 2011
- Date First Available : June 12, 2011
- Label : Bridge
- ASIN : B0055HVEOY
- Number of discs : 1
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The program for this CD is very successful; the pairing of two very different works. The Schubert is a very large scaled work requiring a more declamatory style than the smaller and more intimate Beethoven quartet. The New Orfords set the tone well with the dramatic introduction to D887. They bring out the contrast between light and dark which pervades the entire quartet. Indeed ,they successfully bring out the dramatic struggle between light and darkness with their subtle dynamics. My only criticism is the omission of the first movement exposition repeat, a common habit with quartets , though not observed by the Belceas (EMI) and the Allegri Quartet (DECCA).
In contrast, the Beethoven is a much smaller work. It was his final work in this medium and his last substantial work to be finished. It is on a much more smaller scale than the other late quartets. The Orfords really enter the spirit of the work, scaling down and emphasizing the more concise form and intimacy of the work. I must single out the beautiful slow movement in which they convey the tender hymn-like quality, like no other.
I think this is a very well programmed CD of two contrasting works. The sound quality and acoustic is excellent. The ensemble is good. I would highly recommend this CD and look forward to their future endeavors with Bridge.