A Busch - String Quartet, Flute Quintet, 9 Pieces for String Quartet | CPO 5552792

A Busch - String Quartet, Flute Quintet, 9 Pieces for String Quartet

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Label: CPO

Cat No: 5552792

Format: CD

Number of Discs: 1

Genre: Chamber

Release Date: 6th January 2023



Adolf Busch was not only the leading German violinist during the years between the two World Wars but also wrote more than a hundred works in his capacity as a composer. Following our first CD success with Busch’s trios and Piano Quartet, the Sarastro Quartet now turns to more chamber music by this congenial composer. Busch’s point of departure in harmonic language was formed by the music of Max Reger, a friend of his during the last years of the Weiden composer’s life. At the same time, Busch’s lifelong occupation with chamber music from Mozart to Brahms endowed his oeuvre with a measure of clarity and balance. Some of his themes and motifs might also have been found in Dvorák; his mysteriously scurrying sound pictures, in Mendelssohn; his rhythmic impulses, in Beethoven; and his lyrical intensity, in Schubert or Schumann. The fact that Busch was not afraid to engage in stylistic retrospection meant that critics from his times levelled charges against him, but what in the end has remained decisive is the manner in which Busch formed his syntheses, his sovereign command of the musical material, and the personal expressive depth and humour in his music.


The prospect of Adolf Busch writing quartets is an enticing one for any listener curious to hear inside the mind of a great interpreter. The pieces here hold an oblique fascination much like the contemporary works of Furtwängler and Schnabel, in that the music of all three men shares qualities with the recreative side of their identities as it centres on their unparalleled performances of Beethoven. ... You will be hard-pressed (or fortunate) to make a lovelier chamber-music discovery this year.  Peter Quantrill
Gramophone April 2023
Gramophone Editor's Choice

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