Wednesday, September 21, 2016

Koeckert quartet on Spotify Bruckner Wolf Dvorak and Egk

For many years now I go sheep shaving in the eastern part of the Netherlands. In a village called Rheden there is a market with shavers, crafts and second hand stuff. On that market (note, fully dressed in shavers clothing) I found this LP on the market; the German Koeckert quartet on the Deutsche Gramophon label . It was a fascinating 1952 performance, one of the first recordings of this piece. To my surprise, DG also uploaded a transfer on Spotify, so you can also enjoy this performance, together with a couple of other recordings of the Koeckert Quartet that are on-line. 
Enjoy the selection! 

Anton Bruckner (1824-1896)
String quintet in F-major WAB 112 (1878-79)
with Georg Schmid on viola
Recorded 1952

Hugo Wolf (1860-1903)
Italian Serenade (1887)
Recorded 1951, issued on 45 RPM single

Antonin Dvorak (1841-1904)
String quartet in F major op 96 “American” (1893)
Recorded 1953

Werner Egk: (1901-1983)
La Tentation de Saint Antoine (1945)
This work is written after 18th Century verses and tunes set for Contralto, String Quartet and String orchestra.
Janet Baker, Contralto
Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra
Werner Egk, Conductor
Recorded 1965

Rudolf Koeckert (1913-2005), violin
Willi Buchner (1910-1965), violin
Oskar Riedl (1912-2008), viola
Josef Merz (1911-Still alive??) cello

(Spotify Webplayer link)