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Amadeus Quartet


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Haydn: String Quartet in C 'Emperor'
Mozart: String Quartet in C, K465

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Celebrated for their performances of the Viennese Classics, the Amadeus Quartet’s core repertoire included all three works on this DVD, performed here with great warmth and exuberance by Norbert Brainin, Siegmund Nissel, Peter Schidlof and Martin Lovett. Having dominated the British chamber music scene for over 40 years, the Amadeus Quartet was one of the most respected ensembles of the 20th Century.

The ICA Classics Legacy series presents a collection of historic performances by some of the world’s greatest artists. These performances are released on DVD for the first time, incorporating rare archive footage that has been expertly and lovingly restored.

ICAD 5056

JOSEPH HAYDN 1732–1809


String Quartet No.62 in C op.76 no.3 ‘Emperor’

1 I Allegro                                                                                            5.50

2 II Poco adagio, cantabile                                                            8.02

3 III Menuetto: Allegro                                                                  4.40

4 IV Finale: Presto                                                                            4.18


Producer: J. Mervyn Williams

Director: Neil Davies

Recorded: Tredegar House, Newport, 18 December 1980 · Broadcast: 1 April 1982

© BBC 1982




String Quartet No.19 in C K465 ‘Dissonance’

5 I Adagio – Allegro                                                                         8.46

6 II Andante cantabile                                                                    7.47

7 III Menuetto: Allegro                                                                  5.18

8 IV Allegro molto                                                                            6.12


Producer: John Vernon

Recorded: Royal Opera House, Covent Garden, 6 February 1983 · Broadcast: 19 February 1983

© BBC 1983





String Quartet No.16 in E flat K428

9 I Allegro non troppo                                                                    5.23

10 II Andante con moto                                                                 7.01

11 III Menuetto & Trio                                                                   6.40

12 IV Allegro vivace                                                                         5.15


Producer: Walter Todds

Studio recording, 12 October 1962 · Broadcast: 28 December 1962

© BBC 1962



Norbert Brainin violin I

Siegmund Nissel violin II

Peter Schidlof viola

Martin Lovett cello

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martin kendrick

“To watch these musicians really dig in to the music, and give so much of themselves through it, is fascinating to watch. The Amadeus players are so much into it that it simply sweeps you away.”


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