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A Solid Collection

The String Quartet has been around as a defined ensemble for perhaps longer than any group, other than a mixed choir. Because of this, many composers have felt they "had" to write for it, yet in our electronic era, few have listened to these four acoustic instruments very often. Let this be the collection that awakens your ears. I have only in the last few years been listening to chamber music. (That's a classical description of a small ensemble, meant to be played in a small room. This is what you'd have playing in your music room with a few friends over for dinner, not with hoards of people listening.) This was the first album I bought dedicated to the form, and I have throughly enjoyed it over the past few years. Now, with DRM+, I hope to get better resolution and clarity to these fine pieces. The breadth of styles is amazing. From Haydn to Webern, with side trips to Borodin, Beethoven, Schubert, and Debussey, it is a series of pieces that will unearth a "Wow!" moment from just about any music lover. If you are not "into" classical music, consider this your "101 level" intro. It's ten bucks, and you get 16 pieces that are each different, yet approachable. Listen to the previews - most of these you've heard in commercials or as background in movies. You owe it to your musical education to hear the whole movement. Who knows? Maybe you'll be back in the Classical collection soon, looking for piano trios!

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  • $9.99
  • Genres: Classical, Music
  • Released: Jul 23, 2002

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