Rosenberg: The Complete String Quartets

The Kyndel Quartet, The Lysell Quartet, The Gotland Quartet, The Fresk Quartet, The Berwald Quartet, The Tale Quartet, The Copenhagen String Quartet

Caprice Records’ new digital release is a comprehensive compilation of Sweden’s “sober romantic” Hilding Rosenberg’s (1892-1985) complete string quartets. Also included is the “Unfinished” quartet from 1942 (later on completed by Rosenberg’s colleagues Sven-Erik Bäck, Ingvar Lidholm, and Daniel Börtz) which has never been released digitally before.

Rosenberg’s first string quartet was premiered in early March 1923, with the Kjellström Quartet playing at an event at the Stockholm Chamber Music Society. In the following day’s newspapers were acrid reports in indignant terms, describing the music’s sound as a “chaotic vision of horror”, “like that of an insane person”, and petitions were made for censorship of these new, modern works.

In the beginning of the 1920’s, national romanticism was still highly relevant in Sweden, while influences from the new music created in Western and Central Europe – in Paris, Vienna, and Berlin e.g. – were almost non-existent. Rosenberg was a well-travelled man, however, and had studied abroad. Having been smitten by his powerful experiences of the new arts, he sought new means of expression by trial and error, and ventured into deep musical waters.

But Rosenberg also harboured an idea about unifying the different traditions, which is why the “sober romanticism” became a turn of phrase. The melodic element was always highly important in his work (as he himself put it, “everything else is glitter”), and Bach and Palestrina remained great sources of inspiration, together with names like Schönberg and Hindemith. In Rosenberg’s music the importance of melody is, of course, clearly evident, and it’s almost as if he was always thinking in terms of bowed instruments – which are usually described as emulating the human voice more than other instruments.

Or as Rosenberg himself said: “The technique is an important aspect. Humanity is the important aspect.”

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    • 1.
      String Quartet No. 1: I. Allegro energico Music: Hilding Rosenberg

    • 2.
      String Quartet No. 1: II. Andante molto Music: Hilding Rosenberg

    • 3.
      String Quartet No. 1: III. Allegro vivace (attacca) - IV. Andante espressivo - Presto Music: Hilding Rosenberg

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      String Quartet No. 2: I. Andante molto ed espressivo Music: Hilding Rosenberg

    • 5.
      String Quartet No. 2: II. Allegro assai Music: Hilding Rosenberg

    • 6.
      String Quartet No. 2: III. Lento Music: Hilding Rosenberg

    • 7.
      String Quartet No. 2: IV. Moderato energico Music: Hilding Rosenberg

    • 8.
      Six Moments Musicaux for String Quartet: No. 1 Music: Hilding Rosenberg

    • 9.
      String Quartet No. 3, Quartetto pastorale: I. Allegro assai Music: Hilding Rosenberg

    • 10.
      String Quartet No. 3, Quartetto pastorale: II. Tema con variazioni Music: Hilding Rosenberg

    • 11.
      String Quartet No. 3, Quartetto pastorale: III. Allegro vivace Music: Hilding Rosenberg

    • 12.
      String Quartet No. 4: I. Allegro assai Music: Hilding Rosenberg

    • 13.
      String Quartet No. 4: II. Poco lento Music: Hilding Rosenberg

    • 14.
      String Quartet No. 4: III. Allegretto Music: Hilding Rosenberg

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      String Quartet No. 4: IV. Allegretto con brio Music: Hilding Rosenberg

    • 16.
      Six Moments Musicaux for String Quartet: No. 2 Music: Hilding Rosenberg

    • 17.
      String Quartet No. 5: I. Allegretto grazioso Music: Hilding Rosenberg

    • 18.
      String Quartet No. 5: II. Presto Music: Hilding Rosenberg

    • 19.
      String Quartet No. 5: III. Lento espressivo (attacca) - IV. Allegro ma non tanto Music: Hilding Rosenberg

    • 20.
      String Quartet No. 6: I. Andante - Allegro Music: Hilding Rosenberg

    • 21.
      String Quartet No. 6: II. Allegretto Music: Hilding Rosenberg

    • 22.
      String Quartet No. 6: III. Presto Music: Hilding Rosenberg

    • 23.
      String Quartet No. 6: IV. Adagio Music: Hilding Rosenberg

    • 24.
      Six Moments Musicaux for String Quartet: No. 3 Music: Hilding Rosenberg

    • 25.
      String Quartet No. 7: I. Moderato placido Music: Hilding Rosenberg

    • 26.
      String Quartet No. 7: II. Poco lento Music: Hilding Rosenberg

    • 27.
      String Quartet No. 7: III. Allegro giusto Music: Hilding Rosenberg

    • 28.
      String Quartet No. 7: IV. Adagio con molto espressione - Allegro Music: Hilding Rosenberg

    • 29.
      String Quartet No. 8: I. Largo maestoso Music: Hilding Rosenberg

    • 30.
      String Quartet No. 8: II. Andante mesto Music: Hilding Rosenberg

    • 31.
      String Quartet No. 8: III. Allegretto - IV. Presto Music: Hilding Rosenberg

    • 32.
      Six Moments Musicaux for String Quartet: No. 4 Music: Hilding Rosenberg

    • 33.
      String Quartet No. 9: I. Prima parte Music: Hilding Rosenberg

    • 34.
      String Quartet No. 9: II. Secunda parte: Tema con variazioni Music: Hilding Rosenberg

    • 35.
      String Quartet No. 10: I. Moderato (quasi andante) Music: Hilding Rosenberg

    • 36.
      String Quartet No. 10: II. Allegro vivace Music: Hilding Rosenberg

    • 37.
      String Quartet No. 10: III. Poco adagio Music: Hilding Rosenberg

    • 38.
      String Quartet No. 10: IV. Allegro assai Music: Hilding Rosenberg

    • 39.
      Six Moments Musicaux for String Quartet: No. 5 Music: Hilding Rosenberg

    • 40.
      String Quartet No. 11: I. Allegro energico Music: Hilding Rosenberg

    • 41.
      String Quartet No. 11: II. Moderato Music: Hilding Rosenberg

    • 42.
      String Quartet No. 11: III. Allegro giusto Music: Hilding Rosenberg

    • 43.
      String Quartet No. 11: IV. Poco lento - Allegro grazioso Music: Hilding Rosenberg

    • 44.
      String Quartet No. 12, Quartetto riepilogo: I. Parte prima Music: Hilding Rosenberg

    • 45.
      String Quartet No. 12, Quartetto riepilogo: II. Parte seconda Music: Hilding Rosenberg

    • 46.
      Six Moments Musicaux for String Quartet: No. 6 Music: Hilding Rosenberg

    • 47.
      String Quartet (Unfinished 1942): I. Allegro energico Music: Hilding Rosenberg

    • 48.
      String Quartet (Unfinished 1942): II. Largo con espressione Music: Hilding Rosenberg

    • 49.
      String Quartet (Unfinished 1942): III. Allegro assai Music: Hilding Rosenberg

    • 50.
      String Quartet (Unfinished 1942): IV. Allegro deciso Music: Hilding Rosenberg

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