The Amadeus were the most successful and highly-regarded Quartet of the 20th century, dominating chamber music making for nearly 40 years. But concert tours are only successful if reviews are ecstatic and audiences delighted. They both were. For nearly 40 years, the Quartet (who styled themselves The Wolf-Gang) roved the world, argued, celebrated and worked like no other group, and changed not a single member: Norbert Brainin, Siegmund Nissel, Peter Schidlof and Martin Lovett had a recording career from 1951 to 1987, ending only with the death of Peter Schidlof in 1987.
Celebrating the Amadeus Quartet's 70th anniversary in 2017, Deutsche Grammophon presents Beethoven's Razumovsky Quartets in their 1959 recording, mastered from original sources and pressed as a gatefold 180g 2LP-set with the original cover art, liner notes and an accompanying download. "For those who relish the sound of interpretations considered to the last detail, yet with no loss of spontaneity and with all eccentricity and willfulness purged, these records must be heard" (New York Times).
Ludwig van Beethoven, composer