Stenhammar - The String Quartets | BIS BIS2709

Stenhammar - The String Quartets


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Label: BIS

Cat No: BIS2709

Format: Hybrid SACD

Number of Discs: 3

Genre: Chamber

Release Date: 17th March 2023



Composed between 1894 and 1916, Wilhelm Stenhammar’s body of six numbered string quartets is considered unique among Scandinavian music of its time, both in its consistency and in its musical aspirations. Together, the quartets reflect the composer’s development, from full-blown Romanticism to a more sparse and formally concentrated idiom that distances itself from late-Romantic conventions.

Taking its name from the composer, the Stenhammar Quartet was the first ever to propose a complete traversal of the cycle on CD, including the world-première recording of a quartet in F minor that Stenhammar withdrew from his official catalogue after completing it. The series was greeted with great international interest and critical acclaim, both for performances described as ‘exceptional’ (The Guardian) and for the quality of the music itself: ‘there is no doubt that Stenhammar belongs to the unknown great masters of the string quartet genre’ (

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