The Guarneri Quartet was an American string quartet founded in 1964 at the Marlboro Music School and Festival. It was admired for its rich, warm, complex tone and its bold, dramatic interpretations of the quartet literature, with a particular affinity for the works of Beethoven and Bartók. Through teaching at Harpur College (which became Binghamton University), University of Maryland, Curtis Institute of Music, and at Marlboro, the Guarneri players helped nurture interest in quartet playing for a generation of young musicians. The group’s extensive touring and recording activities, coupled with its outreach efforts to engage audiences, contributed to the rapid growth in the popularity of chamber music during the 1970s and 1980s. The quartet is notable for its longevity: the group performed for 45 years with only one personnel change, when cellist David Soyer retired in 2001 and was replaced by his student Peter Wiley. The Guarneri Quartet disbanded in 2009.

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Year Title Artist RatingReleases
1970 Early and Middle String Quartets Ludwig van Beethoven; Guarneri Quartet 2
1984 Schubert: Piano Quintet in A major "Trout" / Mozart: Eine kleine Nachtmusik Schubert, Mozart; Guarneri Quartet 1
1989 Die Streichquartette Beethoven; Guarneri Quartet 1
1990 Late String Quartets Beethoven; Guarneri Quartet 1
1990 Smetana / Dvořák: String Quartets Antonín Dvořák, Bedřich Smetana; Guarneri Quartet 1
1990 String Quartet Op. 59 No. 2 "Razumovskij" / String Quartet Op. 74 "Delle arpe" Beethoven; Guarneri Quartet 1
1990 The Early String Quartets, op. 18 Beethoven; Guarneri Quartet 1
1991 String Quartets: op. 56 "Voces intimae" / op. 27 Sibelius, Grieg; Guarneri Quartet 2
1992 String Quartets / Clair de lune Debussy, Ravel; Guarneri Quartet, Alexis Weissenberg 1
1992 String Quartets KV 428 & KV 458 "Jagd-Quartett" Mozart; Guarneri Quartet 1
1997 String Quartets: No. 13 in A minor / No. 14 in D minor "Death and the Maiden" Franz Schubert; The Guarneri String Quartet 1
1999 Piano Quintets Henze, Brahms, Guarneri Quartet, Peter Serkin 1
2001 Dvořák: Piano Quintet, op. 81 / Brahms: Piano Quintet, op. 34 Antonín Dvořák, Johannes Brahms; Arthur Rubinstein, Guarneri Quartet 1
2004 The String Quartets / Grosse Fuge Beethoven; Guarneri Quartet 1
2009 The Hungarian Album Guarneri Quartet 1
Complete Viola Quintets, Volume 1 Mozart; Guarneri Quartet 1
Complete Viola Quintets, Volume 2 Mozart; Guarneri Quartet 1
Complete Viola Quintets, Volume 3 Mozart; Guarneri Quartet 1
Piano Quartets Mozart; Guarneri Quartet, Arthur Rubinstein 1
Piano Quartets op. 25 and 60 Brahms; Guarneri Quartet, Artur Rubinstein 1
String Quartet no. 3 in D major, op. 44 no. 1 / Octet in E-flat major for strings, op. 20 Mendelssohn; Guarneri Quartet, Orion String Quartet 1
The Middle String Quartets, op. 59, op. 74, op. 95 Beethoven; Guarneri Quartet 1
The Rubinstein Collection: Brahms and Schumann Piano Quintets Brahms, Schumann; Arthur Rubinstein, Guarneri Quartet 1
The String Quartets Juan Crisóstomo de Arriaga; Guarneri Quartet 1

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