DGG LP 138 886: HAYDN & MOZART String Quartets - AMADEUS QT 1964
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Background on this item -
The Amadeus Quartet was a world famous string quartet founded in 1947.

Because of their Jewish origin, violinists Norbert Brainin, Siegmund Nissel and Peter Schidlof (later violist) were driven out of Vienna after Hitler's Anschluss of 1938. Brainin and Schidlof met in a British internment camp on the Isle of Man; many Jewish refugees had the misfortune of being confined by the British as "enemy aliens" upon seeking refuge in the UK. Brainin was released after a few months, but Schidlof remained in the camp, where he met Nissel. Finally Schidlof and Nissel were released, and the three of them were able to study with violin pedagogue Max Rostal, who taught them free of charge. It was through Rostal that they met cellist Martin Lovett, and in 1947 they formed the Brainin Quartet, which was renamed the Amadeus Quartet in 1948.

The group gave its first performance as the Amadeus Quartet at the Wigmore Hall in London on 10 January 1948, underwritten by Imogen Holst. Touring extensively, the Amadeus performed throughout Europe, Canada, the United States, Japan, and South America. Noted for its smooth, sophisticated style, its seamless ensemble playing, and its sensitive interpretation, the quartet made some 200 recordings, among them the complete quartets of Ludwig van Beethoven, Johannes Brahms, and Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart. For concerts as well as recordings of string quintets (Mozart, Franz Schubert, Johannes Brahms, Anton Bruckner) and string sextets (Brahms) they invited regularly Cecil Aronowitz as second viola and William Pleeth as second cello. Though they emphasized a standard Classical and Romantic repertory, they also performed works by such 20th-century composers as Béla Bartók and Benjamin Britten who wrote his third quartet expressly for them.

The Amadeus was one of the most celebrated quartets of the 20th century, and its members were awarded numerous honors, including:

The Order of the British Empire, presented by the Queen.
Doctorates from the Universities of London, York, and Caracas.
The highest of all German awards, the Great Cross of Merit.
The Austrian Cross of Honour for Arts and Sciences.
The quartet disbanded in 1987 upon the death of the violist Peter Schidlof, who was regarded as irreplaceable by the surviving members. Brainin died on 10 April 2005 and Nissel on 21 May 2008.

DGG - Deutsche Grammophon Gesellschaft Records LP item - YELLOW record labels with RED and BLUE lettering, with some gold lettering encircling the record label as well. Sporting the famous BLUE and WHITE TULIPS that encircle the outer rim of the label as well, making this the earliest vintage of this LP - see pictures for more detail
Record Made in GERMANY
Pressing is in STEREO
Record Speed: 33 rpm
Record issued in: 1964 on very heavy vinyl
Record Catalog Number: 138 886 SLPM

This listing is for a very rare, out of print LP featuring the music of -

Joseph HAYDN
Wolfgang Amadeus MOZART

Performers on this title include -
The Amadeus Quartet:
Norbert Brainin, violin
Siegmund Nissel, violin
Peter Schidlof, viola
Martin Lovett, cello

LP Title -

Track listings -
1. Haydn: String Quartets No. 77 in C Major, Op. 76 No. 3 "Emperor"
2. Mozart: String Quartet in B Major, KV 458 "Hunting"

The LP JACKET is in NEAR MINT minus condition!
The jacket is completely intact with NO seam splits - it does have a bit of light shelf wear - have a close look at the pictures and you will see the condition of this item.
The jacket has NO drill holes or saw marks of any kind.
There is NO hand writing on the front, inside or the back of the jacket.
The cover has clean and sharp colors - see pictures with this listing for more detail.

The LP (vinyl) itself:
The LP is in near MINT minus condition!! - A finer copy of this vintage LP would be very difficult to find.
The LP retains much of the original gloss and sheen!
The record has NO serious marks on it, obviously well taken care of.
The record labels have NO significant spindle marks on them.
This is the superb copy you have always wanted in your collection - any super picky audiophile should be happy with this one!
This LP does have some light marks (spider marks mostly) which are caused by sliding the LP in and out of the inner sleeve and are usually not audible on most audio systems.

Please understand that this is a vintage LP record - as such, one cannot expect the vinyl to sound like a brand new, audiophile pressing! Some noise is inevitable - for best results, always properly clean your LPs before playing them.

The LP is an audiophile quality pressing (any collector of fine MFSL, half speeds, direct to discs, Japanese/UK pressings etc., can attest to the difference a quality pressing can make to an audio system).

A Short Note About LP GRADING -
Mint {M} = Only used for sealed items.
Near Mint {NM} = Virtually flawless in every way.
Near Mint Minus {NM-} = Item has some minor imperfections, some audible.
Excellent {EXC} = Item obviously played and enjoyed with some noise.
Very Good Plus {VG+} = Many more imperfections which are noticeable and obtrusive.

Don't let this rarity slip by!!!

  • Item #: DGG LP 138 886 NM
  • Manufacturer: DGG - Deutsche Grammophon Gesellschaft Records
  • Condition: Used

DGG LP 138 886: HAYDN & MOZART String Quartets - AMADEUS QT 1964

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