Barylli Quartet

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The Barylli Quartet was a celebrated Austrian string quartet classical musical ensemble. It was first brought together in Vienna during the War by Walter Barylli, Konzertmeister of the Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra from 1939, but was re-founded in 1945. The reformed quartet actually appeared in public performance only from 1951 to 1960.[1] In that period it was the 'home' quartet of the Vienna Musikverein.


Many of the Westminster Records recordings are with Krotschak, but the Salzburg concert of 1958 is with Brabec.


Walter Barylli (born in Vienna in 1921)[2] studied at the Vienna Music Academy with the Philharmonic Konzertmeister Franz Mairecker, and in Munich with Florizel von Reuter. In 1936 Barylli gave his first public performance as a soloist in Munich, and made his first gramophone recordings in Berlin. Over the next two years he made an international career as a soloist: but realizing the difficulty of a career as a travelling soloist in the turmoil of the late 1930s he instead won a place at the Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra, of which he became Konzertmeister in 1939. The quartet was first formed from leading members of the Vienna Philharmonic, during the war. It was then reformed in 1945, but its work in public performance was mainly confined to the period 1951-1960.

Closely associated with the Vienna Musikverein, their work was principally with classic repertoire such as Beethoven, Mozart, Schubert, Schumann and Brahms. They gave many concerts in Europe and overseas.[3] Among their various recordings[4] are a complete Beethoven cycle for Westminster Records and a near-complete Mozart cycle. They performed at the Salzburg Festival, from which at least two live concerts (from 1956, Mozart Quintet with Antoine de Bavier,[5] and 1958, of Beethoven, Schubert and Hindemith[6]), have also survived as recordings. Their principal collaborations in chamber music were with Antoine de Bavier, Edith Farnadi, Jörg Demus, Paul Badura-Skoda and the violist Wilhelm Hübner.

Emanuel Brabec, the group's cellist in 1958, taught at the Vienna Academy and was teacher of Nikolaus Harnoncourt.[7]

Notes and references[edit]

  1. ^ Gwyn Parry-Jones, in blurb for Naxos CD release of 1956 Mozart Quintet
  2. ^ This paragraph based on Otto Biba, 'Lebensfülle: Walter Barylli erinnert sich', in Zeitschrift der Gesellschaft der Musikfreunde in Wien, Sept/Okt 2006 edition, see [1] Archived 2007-09-22 at the Wayback Machine.
  3. ^ Encyclopedia of Austria, [2].
  4. ^ See external link: Barylli discography.
  5. ^ Gwyn Parry-Jones, blurb for Naxos CD, [3].
  6. ^ Andante, with live streaming of this recording, "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2006-12-06. Retrieved 2008-11-09.CS1 maint: Archived copy as title (link).
  7. ^ Elizabeth Mortimer, Interview with Nikolaus Harnoncourt, [4].

External links[edit]

  • Barylli discography [5].
  • Barylli Quartet discography with album covers etc., [6].