THE FINE ARTS QUARTET AT WFMT RADIO

CD-1154(8)

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The Fine Arts Quartet was founded in 1946 with two founding members, first violinist Sorkin and cellist Sopkin serving for 33 years until the ensemble disbanded in 1979. By the mid-1950s the Chicago-based FAQ established itself as one of the country's foremost chamber ensembles, touring throughout America and Canada and (starting in 1958) in Europe, Australia, New Zealand, and the Far East-by the late 70s, the tour list encompassed 270 cities in 28 countries, with repeat appearances in many locales. The quartet was featured a number of times on the Today Show, performed on a Chicago production of the Ed Sullivan show, produced 20 hour-length programs on the quartet repertoire for National Educational Television (predecessor of PBS), and performed many broadcasts on Chicago's classical music station, WFMT, as well as taping archival programs for radio stations in England, Germany, Holland, France, and elsewhere. The FAQ of those years lives on in the esteem of many of today's established chamber musicians, as well as of young entrants into the profession, who grew up listening to the recorded performances of the ensemble. Most of the quartet's commercial recordings are no longer available, so we are fortunate to have discovered the original archival tapes of a series of broadcasts at Chicago's famed radio station WFMT, from which this box set derives. It includes a 48 page booklet with rare photos and newly written commentary by the quartet's second violinist Abram Loft.


CD-1154(8) THE FINE ARTS QUARTET AT WFMT RADIO. Unreleased recordings of broadcast performances, 1967-73. CD 1: BEETHOVEN: Quartet in F, Op. 59, No. 1 (7 October 1969)**; Quartet in E minor, Op. 59, No. 2 (1969)**. CD 2: BEETHOVEN: Quartet in C, Op. 59, No. 3 (Jan. 1967)*; Quartet in A minor, Op. 132 (Early 1967)*. CD 3: HAYDN: Quartet in E flat, Op. 1, "No. 0" (1968-1973?)**; Quartet in D, Op. 2, No. 5 (1968-1973?)**; Quartet in B flat, Op. 2, No. 6 (1968-1973?)**; Quartet in F minor, Op. 20, No. 5 (1968-1973?)**. CD 4: HAYDN: Quartet in E flat, Op. 64, No. 6 (1968-1973?)**; Quartet in B flat, Op. 76, No. 4 (1968-1973?)**; Quartet in E flat, Op. 76, No. 6 (1968-1973?)**. CD 5: MOZART: Quartet in B flat, K. 458 (1968 or later)**; Quartet in D, K. 499 (Jan. 1967)*; Piano Quartet in E flat, K. 493 (17 Jan. 1967)***. CD 6: MOZART: Adagio and Fugue for string quartet in C minor, K. 546 (17 Jan. 1967)*. BRAHMS: Quartet in A minor, Op. 51, No. 2 (1967)*. HUSA: Quartet No. 3 (1969 or later)**. SHIFRIN: Quartet No. 4 (13 Apr. 1969)**. CD 7: BEETHOVEN: Quartet in F, Op. 18, No. 1 (Jan. 1971)**. BRAHMS: Trio in E flat, Op. 40, for Piano, Violin and French horn (Jan. 1971) Leonard Sorkin, violin; Barry Tuckwell, horn; Naomi Zaslav, piano. MOZART: Horn Quintet in E flat, K. 407 (Jan. 1971) Leonard Sorkin, violin; Abram Loft, viola; Bernard Zaslav, viola; George Sopkin, cello; Barry Tuckwell, horn. CD 8: BARTÓK: Third String Quartet (1967)*. HINDEMITH: Quartet No. 3, Op. 22 (Jan. 1967)*. MARTINON: Quartet No. 2, Op. 54 (20/21 Feb. 1967)*. * Leonard Sorkin, violin; Abram Loft, violin; Gerald Stanick, viola; George Sopkin, cello. ** Leonard Sorkin, violin; Abram Loft, violin; Bernard Zaslav, viola; George Sopkin, cello. *** Leonard Sorkin, violin; Gerald Stanick, viola; George Sopkin, cello; John Browning, piano. Sound restoration by Maggi Payne (2004). Notes by Abram Loft. Total time: 9 hrs. 15 min. [AAD] UPC # 017685-11542-4.

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