Late Romantic. Swiss composer Volkmar Andreae gained fame even beyond Switzerland as conductor who helped the works of Bruckner or Schoeck getting more recognition. Born in Berne 1879 he later studied music there and in Cologne. He only retired age 70 in 1949 from the principal conductor post of the Tonhalle Orchestra Zurich. Apart from this position he enjoyed successful collaborations with the Berlin or Vienna Philharmonic. Lesser is known about Andreae the composer, and the works he composed during the years 1905-45. In fact his string quartets in particular are very noteworthy. They mirror his era before the outbreak of atonality. It's Andreae's melodic inventions and refined craftmanship which take you by surprise. The String Quartets Nos. 1 & 2 and the Quartet for Flute and String Trio you can now hear in stunning performances by the Locrian Ensemble London.
Volkmar Andreae: II. Movement. From String Quartet No. 2.