One of the most grown-up review sites around

52,000 reviews
and more.. and still writing ...

Search MusicWeb Here



International mailing

  Founder: Len Mullenger             Editor in Chief: John Quinn               Contact Seen and Heard here  

Some items
to consider

Yes we are selling
Acte Prealable again!
£11 post-free

we also sell Skarbo

and Oboe Classics


with Eggebrecht we get all the excitement we can handle

Book 1 Book 2 Book3
Mota The Triptych: -Website

Asmik Grigorian

Breathtaking Performance
controversial staging
Review Westbrook
Review Hedley
Every lover of Salome should see this recording
Mullenger interpretation

absolutely thrilling

immediacy and spontaneity

Schumann Lieder

24 Preludes
one of the finest piano discs

‘Box of Delights.’

J S Bach A New Angle
Organ fans form an orderly queue

a most welcome issue

I enjoyed it tremendously

the finest traditions of the house

music for theorbo
old and new

John Luther Adams
Become Desert
concealing a terrifying message

ground-breaking, winning release

screams quality

Surprise of the month

English Coronation, 1902-1953
magnificent achievement

REVIEW Plain text for smartphones & printers

Support us financially by purchasing this from

Heinrich von HERZOGENBERG (1843-1900)
String Quartet op. 42, No. 1 in G minor [36:36]
String Quartet op. 42, No. 2 in D minor [35:35]
String Quartet op. 42, No. 3 in G Major [24:15]
Johannes BRAHMS (1833-1897)
String Quartet op. 51, No. 1 in C Major [32:07]
The Minguet Quartett
rec. SWR Stuttgart, Kammermusikstudio, Germany, 2009-2013
CPO 777 084-2 [72:12 + 56:28]

The reputation of Heinrich von Herzogenberg has undergone a thorough re-evaluation in the last ten years or so. This is mainly due to the work and dedication of the CPO record label; try a search of this site under the composer's name and CPO. I have many discs in their fine series and they should be applauded for their efforts. Carus, Hänssler and Toccata have, in addition, produced very good discs of his music, all of which have furthered his standing as a significant figure in the Austrian romantic movement. Gone are the days when Herzogenberg was thought of solely as the man who advised Vaughan Williams to study with Bruch.

This present disc offers the listener the middle three of Herzogenberg’s five string quartets. The others, have already appeared, the op. 18 being coupled with the String Quintet op. 77 (777 083-2). His final quartet, the op. 63, was coupled with the Piano Quintet op. 17. Both were performed by the same artists who perform here, the Minguet Quartett; an excellent job they do too.

The three quartets op. 42 date from 1884 and are dedicated to Herzogenberg's friend Brahms, a composer that he greatly admired and allowed his own music to be influenced by. Indeed, he is regarded as the first composer to have produced a work based upon one of Brahms’ own compositions, his Variations on a theme by Brahms op.23. It is only fitting therefore, that these three quartets are coupled with the String Quartet op. 51, No. 1 in C Major by his musical hero.

Of the three quartets it is the first that overall presents the most inspired music and it is this that has led me to listen to the first disc more than the second. Its four movement structure is quite traditional and bears stylistic influences flowing from Brahms. It also shows a great deal of originality with its opening Allegro energico and the following Andantino marking out this quartet as a work of stature. There are instances of this in the following two quartets also, with the second having a very fine final Allegro con brio. The second movement Andantino of the third, with the development of its different themes, is very attractive and shows a composer who really understood the string quartet.

The Brahms op. 51 no. 1 makes a good coupling; this despite lacking the inspiration that the composer showed in his op. 67. The Minguet gives a very credible performance and I would like to see CPO giving them the chance to record the rest of the Brahms.

I have been an admirer of the Minguet Quartett for some years now and have quite a few of their discs. I always find their recordings expressive, well measured and with excellent ensemble work. This new one is no different. Here they prove themselves once again to be wonderful advocates of Herzogenberg's music.

The recorded sound is excellent. That said, the Brahms is not quite as clear and bright as the Herzogenberg, but not enough to hamper my enjoyment. The booklet essay by Eckhardt van der Hoogen are exemplary. They are thoughtfully translated and greatly add to our understanding of this fine composer.

Stuart Sillitoe



We are currently offering in excess of 52,000 reviews

Advertising on

Donate and keep us afloat


New Releases

Naxos Classical

Nimbus Podcast

Obtain 10% discount

Special offer 50% off
15CDs £83 incl. postage

Musicweb sells the following labels

Altus 10% off
Atoll 10% off
CRD 10% off
Hallé 10% off
Lyrita 10% off
Nimbus 10% off
Nimbus Alliance
Prima voce 10% off
Red Priest 10% off
Retrospective 10% off
Saydisc 10% off
Sterling 10% off

Follow us on Twitter

Subscribe to our free weekly review listing

Sample: See what you will get

Editorial Board
MusicWeb International
Founding Editor
Rob Barnett
Editor in Chief
John Quinn
Seen & Heard
Editor Emeritus
   Bill Kenny
MusicWeb Webmaster
   David Barker
Jonathan Woolf
MusicWeb Founder
   Len Mullenger