S0802. AMADEUS QUARTET (Norbert Brainin, Siegmund Nissel, Peter Schidlof, Martin Lovett): Quartet in G, Op.76, #1 (Haydn); 'Rasoumovsky' Quartet #8 in e, Op.59, #2 (Beethoven); w.WILHELM KEMPFF: Piano Quartet #1 in g, K.478 (Mozart). Transfers by Yves St Laurent. [A minor caveat in that the microphone was obviously placed probably under the piano, resulting in minor 'thumping' primarily in the Mozart Quartet] (Canada) St Laurent Studio YSL T-1137, Live Performance, 10 Aug., 1962, Menton, France.
"The Amadeus Quartet developed a reputation as one of the finest string quartets from the second half of the twentieth century. Its tradition and style were Viennese and its repertory was largely Austro-German. The Amadeus was one of the longest-lived quartets, performing for 40 years without a personnel change, and it was also among the most popular string quartets in England, Germany, the United States, and parts of Europe.
The Amadeus Quartet was formed in London in 1947 and first named the Brainin Quartet after first violinist (and ensemble leader) Norbert Brainin. Owing to their Jewish heritage, three of the group's members - Brainin, Siegmund Nissel (second violinist), and Peter Schidlof (violist) - fled Vienna after Hitler's 1938 annexation of Austria. The three players later met English cellist Martin Lovett to complete what would become one of the most celebrated quartets of the twentieth century."
- Robert Cummings, allmusic.com