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Niels W. Gade

String Quartets

Copenhagen String Quartet

Niels Wilhelm Gade, composer

Niels W. Gade is one of the most prominent representatives of High Romanticism in Danish music. As a young man Gade had a meteoric career in Leipzig, where he succeeded Mendelssohn in 1847 as conductor of the Gewandhaus Orchestra. But in 1848 he settled down in Copenhagen, where he remained active as a composer, conductor, organist and teacher until his death. Although Gade is primarily known for his orchestral and choral works, he also composed a number of excellent chamber music works, including the three quartets on this CD.

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String Quartet in F minor (1851)

I Andante con moto

6:39 Play $2.10

II Allegretto

3:37 Play $1.40

III Allegro di molto

2:28 Play $1.40

IV Andantino quasi allegretto - Allegro vivace

8:04 Play $2.10
String Quartet in E minor (1877)

I Allegro (non troppo)

5:40 Play $2.10

II Andantino

4:03 Play $1.40

III Scherzo: Presto

3:57 Play $1.40

IV Finale: Allegro

5:58 Play $2.10
String Quartet in D major, op. 63 (1887-89)

I Allegro moderato

6:12 Play $2.10

II Allegro vivace

2:48 Play $1.40

III Andante poco lento

5:25 Play $2.10

IV Finale: Allegro con brio

5:45 Play $2.10
Total playing time  61 minutes

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Previously released on CD by DMA
Recorded in Copenhagen 1963 and 1968

Sound engineer: Helge Albrechtsen
Digital editing: Claus Byrith

Cover picture: J. Th. Lundbye: "Gåsetårnet i Vordingborg" (1842), by courtesy of Statens Museum for Kunst, Copenhagen

Label: Dacapo

Format: CD

Catalogue Number: 8.224015

Barcode: 0730099971522

Release month: July 1995

Period: Romantic


"I love the Copenhagen Quartet's performances" (American Record Guide)

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