This is the debut album of an almost legendary string quartet and the artists have chosen outstanding monuments of the quartet repertoire which are seldom performed.
Andante - Allegro molto moderato (1)
Adagio di molto (3)
Allegro ma pesante (4)
Kopfsatz - Nicht zu rasch (Not too quick) (1)
Scherzo with Trio - Kräftig (Scherzo with trio - powerful) (2)
Adagio - Mässig (moderate) (3)
Rondo - Finale - Mässig - heiter (moderate cheerful) (4)
“Here's a recording that offers rewards on so many levels...It's wonderful to hear Schoenberg played not only with such flawless intonation, but also with such understanding for the way the music thinks harmonically...top recommendations for both works, and an inspired coupling - don't hesitate.”
“Theirs is certainly a non-indulgent response to the Intimate Voices of the long central adagio...the teeming invention of Schoenberg's counterpoint benefits from a cooler, more measured approach than it generally inspires, and I certainly heard - and admired - more of the inner workings of the piece than I can ever remember.”
“The success of this performance [of the Sibelius] lies in the conviction with which the Tetzlaff brings out its unlikely yet undeniable symmetry...In short, a masterful account of an important work...Few recordings [of the Schoenberg] have found so viable an equilibrium between density of argument and formal ingenuity...As recordings of these works go, there is none finer”
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