S0769. LOEWENGUTH QUARTET (Alfred Loewenguth, Maurice Fuéri, Roger Roche & Pierre Basseux) & STROSS QUARTET: Octet in E-flat (Mendelssohn), Live Performance, 26 March, 1960, Paris; LOWENGUTH QUARTET, w.Jean Fournier & Ginette Doyen: Concert for Violin, Piano & String Quartet (Chausson). Live Performance, 3 July, 1957, Divonne-les-Bains, France. [A most treasurable issue!] (Canada) St Laurent Studio YSL T-933. Transfers by Yves St Laurent.
“The Loewenguth Quartet of Paris was founded in 1929 by the legendary French violinist Alfred Loewenguth (1911 1983). The quartet, already known and respected internationally in the 1930s, made their first North American tour in 1945 and remained active for four decades, playing in major venues around the world. Following their November 1948 New York concert, Virgil Thomson wrote in THE NEW YORK HERALD-TRIBUNE: ‘The Loewenguth Quartet comes as near perfection in classical style as any group I have heard’ and after their first New York concert of the 1949/50 season Olin Downes wrote in THE NEW YORK TIMES: ‘It was a passionate, wonderfully colored and perfect performance of the highest order’. In the late 1930s and 1940s HMV recorded the Loewenguth Quartet in works of Mozart and Beethoven. From 1949 and during the 1950s the quartet recorded several albums with Deutsche Grammophone/Archive and was awarded the prestigious Grand Prix du Disque. The Quartet enjoyed a long association with the Vox label and also made recordings for Philips, Westminster, Les Discophiles Français, Club National du Disque and a few smaller French and American labels.
The Loewenguth String Quartet was founded by violinist Alfred Loewenguth (1911-1983) when he was 18 (1929) and lasted into the 1970s. Their [works] are a reminder of how music breathes as long as each work, that was always new music, is offered as an original, organic form, a creation that emerges alive and in need to be kept fit rather than reduced into the standardized faux politeness that reigns as living room status-quo standards.”
- Allan Evans, Arbiter Records