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 Rating Releases
1970 Early and Middle String Quartets Ludwig van Beethoven; Guarneri Quartet 2
1984 Schubert: Piano Quintet in A major "Trout" / Mozart: Eine kleine Nachtmusik Guarneri Quartet 1
1989 Ludwig van Beethoven: Die Streichquartette Guarneri Quartet 1
1991 String Quartets: op. 56 "Voces intimae" / op. 27 Jean Sibelius, Edvard Grieg; Guarneri Quartet 2
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 Henze: Quintet for Piano, Two Violins, Viola and Cello / Brahms: Piano Quintet in F minor, Op. 34 (Guarneri Quartet feat. piano: Peter Serkin) Guarneri Quartet 1
2001 Dvořák: Piano Quintet, op. 81 / Brahms: Piano Quintet, op. 34 Antonín Dvořák, Johannes Brahms; Arthur Rubinstein, Guarneri Quartet 1
2004 Beethoven: The String Quartets - Grosse Fuge Guarneri Quartet 1
2009 The Hungarian Album 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
The String Quartets / Grosse Fuge Guarneri Quartet 1

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