Bruckner: String Quintet / String Quartet

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Bruckner: String Quintet / String Quartet
Fitzwilliam String Quartet

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Release Date: Friday 16 October 2015

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The Fitzwilliam String Quartet, together with violist James Boyd (of the London Haydn Quartet) presents a historically informed performance of Bruckner's String Quintet and Quartet. This is the first recording to use gut strings (a special set from Dan Larsen in Minnesota was obtained specially for this recording) and original instruments at the correct pitch for the time.

Having first tackled the Bruckner Quintet nearly forty years ago, the Fitzwilliam's starting point was achieving the famous 'Bruckner Sound' as well as considering tempo, bow strokes, use of vibrato and portamento in the performance. With many great moments (such as the Adagio) the Quintet is guaranteed an exalted place in the hierarchy of chamber masterworks.

Upon hearing the performance The Bruckner Journal wrote: 'It was a revelation to hear Bruckner's quintet played on instruments with this gut string set-up appropriate to the time of its composition, and to hear it performed with a flexible lyricism that has become a rare thing in Bruckner performance.'

This recording was part-funded by The Bruckner Society of America and The Bruckner Journal.

'The Fitzwilliam Quartet use gut strings and a playing style that employs vibrato for real expressive enhancements of phrases.' (International Record Review)

'The Fitzwilliam quartet, on period instruments...convey all the passion and poignancy in the music.' (Early Music News)

'But above all this was a performance that communicated splendidly the work's generous and tender heart and the profundity of its composer's vision.' (The Bruckner Journal)

"the Fitzwilliam Quartet has been working on this music for a long time. The players have wrestled with its quirks and uncovered its marvels…tender warmth radiates from page after page, dialogue between the voices emerges with keen, intimate intensity…all round a fascinating, rewarding disc" (BBC Music Five Stars)


Quintet in F major, WAB 112
1. Gemässigt
2. Scherzo: Schnell - Trio: Langsamer
3. Adagio
4. Finale: Lebhaft bewegt
5. Intermezzo in D minor, WAB 113

Quartet in C minor, WAB 111
6. Allegro moderato
7. Andante
8. Scherzo: Presto - Trio Langsamer
9. Rondo: Schnell