Volkmann, Robert


Volkmann, Robert

Complete String Quartets Nos. 1-6 (in a box)

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Robert Volkmann – Six String Quartets

(b. in Lommatzsch near Meißen, 6. April 1815 – d. in Budapest, 29. October 1883)

String Quartet No.1 in A minor op. 9
String Quartet No.2 in g Minor op. 14
String Quartet No.3 in G Major op. 34
String Quartet No.4 in E minor op. 35
String Quartet No.5 in f Minor op. 37
String Quartet No.6 in Eb Major op. 43

Born in 1815, composer Robert Volkmann belongs to the “Romantic generation” of Robert Schumann, Franz Liszt, Felix Mendelssohn, and Frederick Chopin; alongside these iconic figures, he witnessed a musical and historical era that experienced monumental changes in a relatively short period of time. This period saw the rise of influential public concert organizations and series in London, Paris, Vienna, and Berlin; the introduction of steam power and railroad systems that allowed musicians to perform throughout Europe and around the world; the establishment and enlargement of world empires and the artistic influences that contact with other cultures brought to Europe. In the musical world, opposing music-political factions arose, each promoting a specific approach to musical progress and the development of genres and styles. Self-styled progressive composers such as Liszt and Wagner led “New German School,” envisioning a musical future that synthesized drama, text, and music as the culmination of previous advances in musical style. Composers such as Schumann, Mendelssohn, and Brahms have been described as neo-Classicists, meanwhile, because they focused on more subtle innovations to reinvigorate the forms and genres that they inherited from late-eighteenth-century composers. Although some musicians identified very clearly with one side or the other in this ongoing and increasingly heated public debate, others engaged both trends in different works. One such composer was Robert Volkmann, whose compositions in time-honored genres like the string quartet suggest a neo-Classical tendency, but whose musical style frequently steps outside that narrow definition.

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Chamber Music




160 x 240 mm



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