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Salomon Quartet
Simon Standage, violin
Micaela Comberti, violin
Trevor Jones, viola
Jennifer Ward Clarke, cello

Salomon Quartet

Since its formation in 1982 the Salomon String Quartet has established its position as one of the world's leading ensembles specialising in the historical performance of the classical string quartet repertoire.

The quartet has toured extensively in Europe, the USA, the Far East, Israel and Australia as well as making regular appearances at British music societies and festivals. It has made many records for Hyperion and given numerous radio and television broadcasts.

In addition to the music of Haydn, Mozart, Beethoven and Schubert, which forms the basis of its repertoire, the Salomon Quartet has always been committed to the exploration and performance of the wealth of quartet music written by their contemporaries.

The instruments on which the Salomon String Quartet play are set up as they would have been at the end of the eighteenth century, in a condition which is more modern than that of instruments of the late Baroque, yet not fully modernized as most instruments were by the middle of the nineteenth century. The most significant differences between these instruments and 'modern' ones, (apart from the clearly visible absence of chin-rests, cello spike and string adjusters) are in the dimensions of the internal components, the bass bar and sound post. These are somewhat skinnier than their modern counterparts. The neck, too, is shorter and rather less angled to the body, and the top strings of all instruments are of uncovered gut. All these factors go towards making an instrument which is at lower tension, and this is complemented by the bows which are also at the stage of development just prior to the 'modern' state. They are a little shorter and lighter and the hair is more loosely bunched.

Of the instruments played by the Salomon String Quartet the violins and the viola are modern copies of Stradivarius models, the violins made by David Rubio and the viola by Rowland Ross, and the cello was built in 1791 by the English maker William Forster.

Albums

Gyrowetz: String Quartets Op 44
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Haydn: Prussian Quartets Nos 1-3
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Haydn: Prussian Quartets Nos 4-6
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Haydn: String Quartets Op. 33 Nos 1-3
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Haydn: String Quartets Opp 33/4-6 & 42
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Haydn: String Quartets Opp 71/1 & 71/2
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Haydn: String Quartets Opp 71/3 & 74/1
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Haydn: String Quartets Opp 74/2 & 74/3
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Haydn: String Quartets Opp 77 & 103
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Haydn: Sun Quartets Nos 1, 2 & 3
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Haydn: Sun Quartets Nos 4, 5 & 6
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Haydn: Tost I Quartets Op 54
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Haydn: Tost II Quartets Op 55
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Haydn: Tost III Quartets Nos 1-3
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Haydn: Tost III Quartets Nos 4-6
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Mozart: String Quartets K499 & 589
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Mozart: String Quartets K575 & 590
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Mozart: String Quintets
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Mozart: The Six 'Haydn' String Quartets
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The String Quartet in Eighteenth-Century England
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Complete works available for download

CARL FRIEDRICH ABEL (1723-1787)
String Quartet in A major, Op 8 No 5
ADALBERT GYROWETZ (1763-1850)
String Quartet in A flat major, Op 44 No 3
String Quartet in B flat major, Op 44 No 2
String Quartet in G major, Op 44 No 1
JOSEPH HAYDN (1732-1809)
String Quartet in A major 'Tost', Op 55 No 1
String Quartet in A major, Op 20 No 6
String Quartet in B flat major 'Tost', Op 55 No 3
String Quartet in B flat major 'Tost', Op 64 No 3
String Quartet in B flat major, Op 33 No 4
String Quartet in B flat major, Op 50 No 1
String Quartet in B flat major, Op 71 No 1
String Quartet in B minor 'Tost', Op 64 No 2
String Quartet in B minor, Op 33 No 1
String Quartet in C major 'The Bird', Op 33 No 3
String Quartet in C major 'Tost', Op 54 No 2
String Quartet in C major 'Tost', Op 64 No 1
String Quartet in C major, Op 20 No 2
String Quartet in C major, Op 50 No 2
String Quartet in C major, Op 74 No 1
String Quartet in D major 'The Frog', Op 50 No 6
String Quartet in D major 'The Lark, Tost', Op 64 No 5
String Quartet in D major, Op 20 No 4
String Quartet in D major, Op 33 No 6
String Quartet in D major, Op 71 No 2
String Quartet in D minor, Op 103
String Quartet in D minor, Op 42
String Quartet in E flat major 'The Joke', Op 33 No 2
String Quartet in E flat major 'Tost', Op 64 No 6
String Quartet in E flat major, Op 20 No 1
String Quartet in E flat major, Op 50 No 3
String Quartet in E flat major, Op 71 No 3
String Quartet in E major 'Tost', Op 54 No 3
String Quartet in F major 'The Dream', Op 50 No 5
String Quartet in F major, Op 74 No 2
String Quartet in F major, Op 77 No 2
String Quartet in F minor 'The Razor, Tost', Op 55 No 2
String Quartet in F minor, Op 20 No 5
String Quartet in F sharp minor, Op 50 No 4
String Quartet in G major 'How do you do?', Op 33 No 5
String Quartet in G major 'Tost', Op 54 No 1
String Quartet in G major 'Tost', Op 64 No 4
String Quartet in G major, Op 77 No 1
String Quartet in G minor 'Rider', Op 74 No 3
String Quartet in G minor, Op 20 No 3
JOHN MARSH (1752-1828)
String Quartet in B flat major
WOLFGANG AMADEUS MOZART (1756-1791)
String Quartet in A major 'The Drum', K464
String Quartet in B flat major 'The Hunt', K458
String Quartet in B flat major, K589
String Quartet in C major 'Dissonance', K465
String Quartet in D major 'Hoffmeister', K499
String Quartet in D major, K575
String Quartet in D minor, K421
String Quartet in E flat major, K428
String Quartet in F major, K590
String Quartet in G major, K387
String Quintet in C major, K515with Simon Whistler (viola)
String Quintet in D major, K593with Simon Whistler (viola)
String Quintet in E flat major, K614with Simon Whistler (viola)
String Quintet in G minor, K516with Simon Whistler (viola)
WILLIAM SHIELD (1748-1829)
String Quartet in C minor, Op 3 No 6
SAMUEL WEBBE (c1770-1843)
Variations on Adeste fideles in A major
SAMUEL WESLEY (1766-1837)
String Quartet in E flat major

Alphabetical listing of all musical works

String Quartet in A flat major, Op 44 No 3 (Gyrowetz)
String Quartet in A major 'The Drum', K464 (Mozart)
String Quartet in A major 'Tost', Op 55 No 1 (Haydn)
String Quartet in A major, Op 20 No 6 (Haydn)
String Quartet in A major, Op 8 No 5 (Abel)
String Quartet in B flat major (Marsh)
String Quartet in B flat major 'The Hunt', K458 (Mozart)
String Quartet in B flat major 'Tost', Op 55 No 3 (Haydn)
String Quartet in B flat major 'Tost', Op 64 No 3 (Haydn)
String Quartet in B flat major, K589 (Mozart)
String Quartet in B flat major, Op 33 No 4 (Haydn)
String Quartet in B flat major, Op 44 No 2 (Gyrowetz)
String Quartet in B flat major, Op 50 No 1 (Haydn)
String Quartet in B flat major, Op 71 No 1 (Haydn)
String Quartet in B minor 'Tost', Op 64 No 2 (Haydn)
String Quartet in B minor, Op 33 No 1 (Haydn)
String Quartet in C major 'Dissonance', K465 (Mozart)
String Quartet in C major 'The Bird', Op 33 No 3 (Haydn)
String Quartet in C major 'Tost', Op 54 No 2 (Haydn)
String Quartet in C major 'Tost', Op 64 No 1 (Haydn)
String Quartet in C major, Op 20 No 2 (Haydn)
String Quartet in C major, Op 50 No 2 (Haydn)
String Quartet in C major, Op 74 No 1 (Haydn)
String Quartet in C minor, Op 3 No 6 (Shield)
String Quartet in D major 'Hoffmeister', K499 (Mozart)
String Quartet in D major 'The Frog', Op 50 No 6 (Haydn)
String Quartet in D major 'The Lark, Tost', Op 64 No 5 (Haydn)
String Quartet in D major, K575 (Mozart)
String Quartet in D major, Op 20 No 4 (Haydn)
String Quartet in D major, Op 33 No 6 (Haydn)
String Quartet in D major, Op 71 No 2 (Haydn)
String Quartet in D minor, K421 (Mozart)
String Quartet in D minor, Op 103 (Haydn)
String Quartet in D minor, Op 42 (Haydn)
String Quartet in E flat major (Wesley)
String Quartet in E flat major 'The Joke', Op 33 No 2 (Haydn)
String Quartet in E flat major 'Tost', Op 64 No 6 (Haydn)
String Quartet in E flat major, K428 (Mozart)
String Quartet in E flat major, Op 20 No 1 (Haydn)
String Quartet in E flat major, Op 50 No 3 (Haydn)
String Quartet in E flat major, Op 71 No 3 (Haydn)
String Quartet in E major 'Tost', Op 54 No 3 (Haydn)
String Quartet in F major 'The Dream', Op 50 No 5 (Haydn)
String Quartet in F major, K590 (Mozart)
String Quartet in F major, Op 74 No 2 (Haydn)
String Quartet in F major, Op 77 No 2 (Haydn)
String Quartet in F minor 'The Razor, Tost', Op 55 No 2 (Haydn)
String Quartet in F minor, Op 20 No 5 (Haydn)
String Quartet in F sharp minor, Op 50 No 4 (Haydn)
String Quartet in G major 'How do you do?', Op 33 No 5 (Haydn)
String Quartet in G major 'Tost', Op 54 No 1 (Haydn)
String Quartet in G major 'Tost', Op 64 No 4 (Haydn)
String Quartet in G major, K387 (Mozart)
String Quartet in G major, Op 44 No 1 (Gyrowetz)
String Quartet in G major, Op 77 No 1 (Haydn)
String Quartet in G minor 'Rider', Op 74 No 3 (Haydn)
String Quartet in G minor, Op 20 No 3 (Haydn)
String Quintet in C major, K515 (Mozart)
String Quintet in D major, K593 (Mozart)
String Quintet in E flat major, K614 (Mozart)
String Quintet in G minor, K516 (Mozart)
Variations on Adeste fideles in A major (Webbe Jr.)
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