The Griller String Quartet

The Griller String Quartet was a British musical ensemble particularly active from 1931 to c.1961 or 1963, when it was disbanded. The quartet was in residence at the University of California at Berkeley from 1949 to 1961. It performed a wide repertory, including works written for it by Bloch, Milhaud and Bax. WIKIPEDIA The personnel included: 1st violin: Sidney Griller 2nd violin:Jack O'Brian viola: Philip Burton violoncello: Colin Hampton
  VIDEO: - Composer: Ernest Bloch (24 July 1880 -- 15 July 1959) - Performers: Griller String Quartet - Year of recording: 1954 String Quartet No. 1, written in 1916.

Felix Galimir and The Galimir String Quartet

Felix Galimir was born in Vienna on May 20, 1910. The family into which he was born intended a career in business for Felix, but it turned out otherwise.

Wikipedia Bio of Felix Galimir

Mr. Galimir was a member of a string quartet in the Galimir name. Indeed, for many years its members were Mr. Galimir and his three sisters, each of whom played the instruments necessary for that instrumentation. On his own, Mr. Galimir was asked to join the International Society of Contemporary Music, the successor to the Society for Private Musical Performances formed between 1918 -1922, which was founded by the famous composer Arnold Schoenberg. Critics were banned from attending the concerts because of the vehement opposition they expressed to his and his disciples music. The intellect and imagination of these composers, Schoenberg, Alban Berg and Anton Webern, has led to the description of their music as the "Second Viennese School", the first being Haydn, Mozart, Schubert, Beethoven et al, of the late 18th and early 20th Century.
There existed in Vienna at that time a widespread appreciation for music, resulting in many amateurs among the population and education in public schools, which included instruction on an instrument. The environment of music provided the important stimulus for the development of his talents.
  Complete article at|... NYTimes Obit, Feliz Galimir...|...member, Karen Tuttle...|...Geni profile of Feliz Galimir

VIDEO: Biographical History of the Galimir Quartet and performance of "Quartet No. 1 in A Major, Op. 16.: I Allegro molto" by Franz Schubert.

I Solisti di Zagreb

The Zagreb Soloists (Croatian: Zagrebački solisti) is a chamber orchestra founded in Zagreb, Croatia, in 1953 through the auspices of Zagreb Radiotelevision, under the artistic leadership of the Italian cellist and conductor, Antonio Janigro. After Janigro left the ensemble in 1968, the group was led first by their concertmaster, Dragutin Hrdjok, and then by their longtime artistic director and concertmaster, Tonko Ninić. In 1997, Anđelko Krpan became concertmaster, and in 2002, Karlo Slobodan Fio, took over as artistic director of the ensemble. Since 2006, the concertmaster and artistic leader has been Borivoj Martinic-Jercic. The Zagreb Soloists have given over 3,500 concerts in all parts of the world, and are also very well known for their numerous recordings.
VIDEO Vivaldi - Seasons - I Solisti di Zagreb Četiri godišnja doba Zagrebački Solisti Sreten Krstić, violina Spring --- 00:02 --- 3:38 --- 6:06 Summer - 10:06 --- 15:28 --- 18:26 Autumn - 20:40 --- 25:51 --- 29:38 Winter -- 32:52 --- 36:23 --- 38:23 Hrvatski glazbeni zavod, Zagreb

Yale Quartet

The Yale Quartet was a string quartet based at Yale University composed of musicians in the Yale School of Music and formed and led by Broadus Erle (photo...formerly of the New Music Quartet) from the time he arrived in Yale in 1960. It is especially noted for a set of recordings of the late Beethoven quartets, made during the 1960s and 1970s.When Erle died prematurely in Spring 1977, the quartet disbanded, although the violinist Syoko Aki & violoncellist Aldo Parisot taught at Yale. The Tokyo Quartet has been the quartet-in residence at Yale for most of the period since Erle's death. The Yale Quartet's recordings of the late Beethoven works have been reissued on compact disc (twice), as has their recording with André Previn of the Brahms.

VIDEO: "String Quartet in E-flat Major, Op 127: i. Maestoso; Allegro" by Yale String Quartet


Baroque Christmas Capriccio: C5217

Baroque Christmas Rarities includes lesser-known treasures of baroque Christmas music by J.S. Bach’s talented sons, Telemann, Buxtehude, and others. Most of them were commissioned works for the feast and includes very different styles: from festive cantatas, moody motets to chamber musically solo songs.

Rachel Barton Pine

Selections by violinist Rachel Barton Pine newly added to the playlists of several of our radio stations from her new album VIOLIN LULLABIES from Cedille Records. Pine and her sensitive pianist, Matthew Hagle, include several famous lullabies, including those by Brahms, Schubert, Faure and Gershwin (“Summertime”). Others may come as a surprise: the “Berceuse Écossaise (Scottish Lullaby)” by Ludwig Schwab is a delightful Scottish accent; Oror (Lullaby), by a young Alan Hovhannes is colored with Eastern exoticism; and the lullaby from Stravinsky’s Firebird may not soothe a child to sleep, but it’s certainly enthralling on its own terms. The album’s dramatic centerpiece may be William Grant Still’s Mother and Child, full of sweep and drama. Excellent liner notes complete the package.
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Mahan Esfahani

Born in Tehran, Esfahani grew up in the United States. While at Stanford University, Esfahani studied musicology and came most seriously under the influence of the American scholar George Houle. Later, he continued his harpsichord studies with the Australian harpsichordist Peter Watchorn in Boston and with the Italian organist Lorenzo Ghielmi in Milan, He and completed his studies with the Czech harpsichordist Zuzana Růžičková. Unlike the mainstream of harpsichordists concertising today he has largely diverged from the school of Gustav Leonhardt, though he does cite him as an important spiritual influence.  WIKIPEDIA 
Harpsichordist Mahan Esfahani contrasts and connects the keyboard works of William Byrd, Bach and Ligeti in this concert recital recorded at London’s Wigmore Hall,’ begins Kate Bolton in her review of this recording in the August issue of BBC Music Magazine. She goes on to say: ‘He brings intelligence and grace to the Ricecars and a canon from Bach’s Music Offering, their contrapuntal lines spun with limpid clarity,’ awarding the disc five stars for both the performance and recording quality. JS Bach composed his Musical Offering as a tribute to Frederick the Great after paying him a visit in 1747. While there, the monarch challenged Bach to improvise three- and six-part fugues at the keyboard, a challenge he met with improvised three-part fugues and a six-part one on a theme the king had previously composed. Several weeks later Bach completed his Musical Offering, a set of pieces on this ‘Royal Theme’.