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The Musical Art Quartet: Complete Columbia Recordings



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Led by the Russian-born violinist Sasha Jacobsen, the Musical Art Quartet was was one of the preeminent quartets established in the US. In fact, the famed cellist Gregor Piatigorsky proclaimed that the Musical Art Quartet was the greatest quartet he ever heard. First violinist Jacobsen made numerous solo recordings before he established the Musical Art Quartet, but is probably best known as the fourth and final name of the popular Gershwin song “Mischa, Jascha, Toscha and Sascha”, the forenames of four renowned Russian-Jewish violinists: Elman, Heifetz, Seidel and Jacobsen. Furthermore, the violist in the Musical Art Quartet was none other than Louis Kaufman, a major violin soloist in his own right. Jacobsen formed the Musical Art Quartet in 1926, and this recording features the ensemble’s complete recordings of quartets by Haydn and Schubert made for the Columbia label in the late-1920s. Their recording of Haydn’s C-major Quartet, op.54 no.2, is the first complete recording of a Haydn quartet ever made. Although the Quartet lasted for over two decades, this contains the group’s only recordings of the quartet repertoire.
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Item number 85017-2
Barcode 744718501724
Release date 19/08/2022
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Label Biddulph Recordings
Media type CD
Number of units 1
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