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In today's Washington Post: The Post-Classical Ensemble Offers a John Adams Snapshot, by Anne Midgette.

In today's Washington Post: David Zinman Goes Late-Romantic with the NSO, by Anne Midgette.

In today's Washington Post: The Guarneri, Bowing Out With Distinction, by Robert Battey. The venerable Guarneri Quartet, after its Kennedy Center farewell in February, is making its last area appearance at the Clarice Smith Center tonight. To mark the occasion, Robert Battey has written about a group of Guarneri CDs, long out of print, that were recently reissued to mark the group's farewell to the stage.

By Anne Midgette  |  April 24, 2009; 5:12 AM ET
Categories:  CD reviews , local reviews  
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For those who have an interest in historical documents, one should note that recordings of the Rosé quartet - which, as pointed out in the NSO program motes, together with Franz Schmidt and Franz Jelinek premiered Verklärte Nacht - do exist. It is most likely however that, at the time of the recordings, some of the members of the quartet that premiered Verklärte Nacht were replaced. Still, the constant was at least the first violinist, Arnold Rosé, longtime concertmaster of the Vienna Philharmonic, a great violinist who sadly ended up in exile when the Nazis came in power. It is fascinating to compare Rosé's virtually vibrato-free tone with that of other VPO concertmasters; Boskovsky, for example used vibrato and slides liberally.

I don't know whether Franz Schmidt made any recordings. Still, it's fascinating to know the love-hate relationship between Schmidt and Rosé - some of it was pointed out in another NSO program notes - when Yakov Kreizberg conducted the 4th symphony.

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