Hugo Wolf Quartett

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Saturday, June 13, 2009

The Hugo Wolf Quartet was founded in 1993 at the Vienna University for Music.  It counts as mentors the Alban Berg Quartet and Walter Levin of the LaSalle Quartet.  In 1995 the quartet won the Fifth International String Quartet Competition in Cremona, Italy, followed by other prizes and awards.

The name was granted to the quartet by the International Hugo Wolf Society of Vienna.  The name of the late Romantic composer Hugo Wolf is used as a symbol for the quartet’s repertoire, which stretches from the Classical period to music far past the Second Viennese School. Many new works have been composed for the quartet, which gave them their world premieres.   In addition to regular performances in Vienna, the group has performed in Amsterdam, Berlin, Brussels, London, Munich, Zurich, Prague, Salzburg, Edinburgh, and other European cities and made extended tours to South America, Mexico, Japan, and the United States.

The quartet has appeared in such radio and television productions as the BBC, Radio Berlin, KBS, and ORF.  Compact discs of the quartet include works of Haydn, Schubert, Dvorřák, Ravel, Beethoven, and Ligeti and have appeared on the Gramola, Atlantis Art, and Estraplatte labels.  

Playlist

QUARTET IN C MAJOR, OPUS 33, No. 3 “The Bird” (1781)

Franz Joseph Haydn (1793-1809)

Allegro moderato
Scherzo and Trio
Adagio ma non troppo
Finale: Rondo, Presto

FIVE MOVEMENTS FOR STRING QUARTET, OPUS 5 (1909)

Anton Webern (1883-1945)

I. Heftig bewegt
II. Sehr langsam
III. Sehr lebhaft
IV. Sehr langsam
V. In zarter Bewegung

INTERMISSION

ITALIENISCHE SERENADE (1887)

Hugo Wolf (1860-1903)

QUARTET IN A MAJOR, OPUS 41, NO. 3 (1842)

Robert Schumann (1810-1856)

Andante espressivo – Allegro molto moderato
Assai agitato – Un poco adago – Tempo risoluto
Adagio molto
Finale: Allegro molto vivace

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