EUGEN D’ALBERT (1864-1932): String Quartets in A Minor, Op. 7 and in E Flat, Op. 11.
Catalogue Number: 05R044
Reference: 222 012-2
Description: The first-ever recording of these works appeared in our first catalogue as Records International’s new proprietors 19 years ago this coming July. So it’s time for a new one. D'Albert's two string quartets (1887 and 1893 respectively) show a young composer with a capacity for writing sweeping, memorable tunes on a large, Brahmsian scale (especially the first quartet's opening movement) and imbued with that composer's generosity and humanity. Praised by the critic Hanslick for its "intellectual intensity", the second quartet hints at Beethoven's Quartet Op. 127 in its beginning, contains a scherzo of Mozartian grace and a deeply adagio with a singing cantilena before concluding in a sharply accented allegro finale.