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Clarinet Quintet in A Major, K. 581 : Mozart: Clarinet Quintet in A Major, K. 581 - 1. Allegro Gervase de Peyer, Amadeus Quartet 09:20
Clarinet Quintet in A Major, K. 581 : Mozart: Clarinet Quintet in A Major, K. 581 - 3. Menuetto Gervase de Peyer, Amadeus Quartet 07:06
String Quartet No. 1 in C Minor, Op. 51, No. 1 : Brahms: String Quartet No. 1 in C Minor, Op. 51, No. 1 - IV. Allegro Amadeus Quartet, Johannes Brahms 05:42
String Quartet No. 1 in C Minor, Op. 51, No. 1 : Brahms: String Quartet No. 1 in C Minor, Op. 51, No. 1 - III. Allegretto molto moderato e comodo - Un poco più animato Amadeus Quartet, Johannes Brahms 09:17
Clarinet Quintet in A Major, K. 581 : Mozart: Clarinet Quintet in A Major, K. 581 - 2. Larghetto Gervase de Peyer, Amadeus Quartet 07:07
String Quartet No. 2 in A Minor, Op. 51, No. 2 : Brahms: String Quartet No. 2 in A Minor, Op. 51, No. 2 - II. Andante moderato Amadeus Quartet 09:25
Clarinet Quintet in B Minor, Op. 115 : Brahms: Clarinet Quintet in B Minor, Op. 115 - I. Allegro Karl Leister, Amadeus Quartet 12:27
Piano Quintet in A Major, D. 667 "Trout" : Schubert: Piano Quintet in A Major, D. 667 "Trout" - IV. Thema - Andantino - Variazioni I-V - Allegretto Emil Gilels, Amadeus Quartet 08:01
String Quartet No. 13 in A minor, D. 804 "Rosamunda": I. Allegro moderato Amadeus Quartet 09:34
String Sextet No. 1 in B-Flat Major, Op. 18 : Brahms: String Sextet No. 1 in B-Flat Major, Op. 18 - II. Andante ma moderato Amadeus Quartet, Cecil Aronowitz, William Pleeth 08:58

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Amadeus Quartet were a world famous chamber music ensemble who were formed in 1947. Three of its members were Jewish and met in UK internment camps after being classified by the English authorities as enemies following their exodus from Nazi Germany. The three internees were Norbert Brainin, Siegmund Nissel and Peter Schidlof who after the war went to study under the Austrian violinist Max Rostal who himself had taken British citizenship and was teaching at the Guildhall School of Music. It was Rostal who introduced them to the English cellist Martin Lovatt who was to become the fourth member of the quartet.

The four musicians formed an incredibly strong bond which was to keep them together for 40 years until they disbanded in 1987. The ensemble broke up following the death of Schlidof who the remaining three members felt was irreplaceable. During their career they became one of the most successful quartets of the 20th century and the four men had numerous honours bestowed upon them including an OBE from the Queen of England, various university Doctorates, a Great Cross of Merit - Germany's highest honor, and an Austrian Cross for Arts and Sciences.