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Haydn String Quartets Op 20 Nos 2, 3 and 5
Dudok Quartet Amsterdam

Dudok Quartet Amsterdam

Haydn String Quartets Op 20 – Volume 1

Quartet in G minor Op 20 No 3 Hob.III:33
Quartet in C Op 20 No 2 Hob.III:32
Quartet in F minor Op 20 No 5 Hob.III:35

Resonus Classics RES10248 |

For its 2CD-release on Resonus Classics of all six of his Op 20 Quartets, the Dudok Quartet Amsterdam has returned to one of its first loves: Haydn.  Indeed, the Op 20 quartets contain the germ of the whole quartet literature.  For the project, the quartet commissioned new classical bows from bow maker Luis Emilio Rodríguez Carrington, based in The Hague. Volume 1 was released on 27 September 2019, while Volume 2, with Op 20 Nos 1, 4 & 6, will be released in spring 2020.

Watch Dudok Quartet Amsterdam’s BBT film here

Tessa Lark

Tessa Lark violin
Amy Yang piano *


Telemann Fantasies Nos 1 in B-flat, 4 in D & 5 in A
Schubert Fantasie in C Major, D. 934 *
Tessa Lark Appalachian Fantasy
Kreisler Viennese Rhapsodic Fantasietta *
Ravel Tzigane *

First Hand Records FHR86 |

For her debut recital album on First Hand Records, violinist Tessa Lark plays solo Telemann and her own Appalachian Fantasy and is joined by pianist Amy Yang on a CD devoted to the Fantasy over 300 years. Three of Telemann’s Fantasies are interspersed by works from the classical, romantic and modern eras – Schubert, Kreisler and Ravel – and there’s a nice link from the Schubert (by way of a shared theme) to Tessa’s own Appalachian Fantasy, here receiving its world premiere recording.

Listen to Tessa’s Thoroughly Good Classical Music Podcast with Jon Jacob here

Belle époque
Annelien Van Wauwe

Annelien Van Wauwe clarinet
Orchestra National de Lille
Alexandre Bloch conductor 

Debussy Première Rhapsodie
Manfred Trojahn Rhapsodie pour clarinette et orchestre
Pierné (arr Jelle Tassyns) Canzonetta
Brahms (arr Berio) Clarinet Sonata No 1 Op 120 in F Minor
Widor (arr Jelle Tassyns) Introduction et Rondo Op 72

Pentatone Classics PTC 5186 808 |

Taking inspiration from the golden age of the evocatively titled Belle époque, clarinettist Annelien Van Wauwe makes her Pentatone debut with this CD of rapturous concertante music including the world-premiere recording of Manfred Trojahn’s Rhapsodie pour clarinette et orchestre. The longest work on the disc is Luciano Berio’s exquisite orchestration of Brahms’ late, autumnal masterpiece, his Clarinet Sonata Op 120 No 1.   Also included – and excerpted here – are  Debussy’s Première Rhapsodie and, both orchestrated by Jelle Tassyns, pieces by Pierné and Widor.

Listen to Annelien’s Thoroughly Good Classical Music Podcast with Jon Jacob here

Complete String Quartets

Quartetto di Cremona
Lawrence Dutton viola (Emerson String Quartet)

Beethoven Complete String Quartets and String Quintet Op 29

Vol 1 Opp 18/6 • 95 • 135
Vol 2 Opp 59/2 • 127
Vol 3 Opp 18/4 • 133 • 59/1
Vol 4 Opp 18/1 • 131
Vol 5 Opp 29* • 132
Vol 6 Opp 18/5 • 130
Vol 7 Opp 18/2 • 59/3
Vol 8 Opp 18/3 • 74

Audite 21454 |

Originally released in eight volumes from 2013, the Quartetto di Cremona’s acclaimed Beethoven string quartet cylce is now available in an Audite box set, supported by the Borletti-Buitoni Trust.  The set also includes Beethoven’s Op 29 String Quintet, where the Quartetto di Cremona is joined by Lawrence Dutton from the Emerson String Quintet.

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