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CD Franz Krommer String Quartets
 

Franz Krommer, String Quartets op.74,3*, 103,2* und 19,2.

Franz Krommer was a contemporary of Beethoven; he was also a violinist who sometimes performed quartets with Paganini.

The following anecdote has been handed down about Ludwig van Beethoven and Franz Vincent Krommer: At a house concert at the palace of Prince Lichnowsky in Vienna, string quartets by Beethoven and Krommer were performed with both composers present. During the performance, Beethoven began to criticize the works of his successful colleague in a manner so inappropriate that the Prince was forced to reprimand him. Unfortunately, Beethoven’s exact words have not been preserved, but he certainly had reason to be envious of Krommer, whose works were much more popular.

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CD Le Nozze di Figaro - arranged for string quartet
 

Le Nozze di Figaro - arranged for string quartet

„…a must for hard-core opera fans…
…The Marcolini Quartett from Cologne plays … with an elegant sound, perfect balance and a mellow instrumental tone…are absolutely amazing instrumentalists.
…where the four musicians show themselves in top form, playing with alertness and vigor….
…The convincing intonation, the phrasing that truly breathes, as if modeled on the human voice, and the dynamic differentiation are all deeply satisfying…“

(Klassik.com Review by Michael Pitz, 05 August 2007)

„…brilliant performance by the Marcolini Quartet … the Marcolinis chose twenty numbers and performed them with masterful virtuosity.…“

(Kölner Stadtanzeiger, 21 November 2007)

„…The playing is vivid, inspired and poised … Lovers of string quartett music and opera should find a lot to enjoy and admire. Those, who want to give a present to an opera-lover who already has “everything” have a golden opportunity here.“

(musicweb.international.com)

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CD String Quartets by J. C. de Arriaga, J. Haydn, and F. Krommer
 

String Quartets by J. C. de Arriaga, J. Haydn, and F. Krommer

„This unusual concert opened with the music of Juan Chrisóstomo de Arriaga, whose Quartet No. 1 in D minor is one of the imaginative “Tres cuartetos” composed between 1821 and 1824. In the Adagio con espressione, the Marcolini Quartet was able to…unfold its beautiful sound thanks to the excellent technique of the players. In the second quartet, too, by the somewhat better known Franz Krommer, who from 1818 was the last officially designated music director and composer at the Imperial Court of Austria, the four masterful musicians won the audience’s respect with their fascinatingly conceived interpretation and sensitive playing. The applause clearly reflected the high standard of the performance.“

(Schwäbische Post), Concert review

 

CD Michael Haydn- Divertimento in A major, MH 299 (P121)
 

Michael Haydn- Divertimento in A major, MH 299 (P121)

„…Equally good is the divertimento, …the Marcolini Quartet give lively and colourful performances.“

(musicweb.international.com)

„…an admirably expressive realization by the Marcolini Quartet, …“

(early music)

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