Schubert: String Quartet No. 15 in G Major, D887

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Tetzlaff Quartet play Schubert & Haydn

Tetzlaff Quartet play Schubert & Haydn


Haydn:

String Quartet, Op. 20 No. 3 in G minor

Schubert:

String Quartet No. 15 in G Major, D887


Tetzlaff Quartet

In this new recording the prestigious Tetzlaff Quartett (Christian Tetzlaff, Elisabeth Kufferath, Hanna Weinmeister and Tanja Tetzlaff) present a programme of String Quartets by Franz Schubert and Joseph Haydn in exemplary performances.

Praised by The New York Times for its “dramatic, energetic playing of clean intensity”, the Tetzlaff Quartett is one of today’s leading string quartets. Alongside their successful individual careers, Christian and Tanja Tetzlaff, Hanna Weinmeister and Elisabeth Kufferath have met since 1994 to perform several times each season in concerts that regularly receive great critical acclaim.

“This is a coruscating performance from their first icy creeping entrance…I particularly love their evocation of the trio’s idyll as something infinitely distant, untouchable.” BBC Music Magazine, May 2017 ****

“I’ve not heard such a compelling version of this prophetic masterpiece [Schubert] since the Juilliards’ ‘Epic’ LP from the 1960s – and the Haydn G major Quartet is granted a similarly perceptive reading, the wonderful Poco adagio third movement especially. Excellent sound clinches a deal that simply cannot be missed” Classical Ear, 30th March 2017 *****

“The Tetzlaff are profoundly satisfying…with that fastidious care for balance and creative variety of piano and pianissimo playing that are hallmarks of the whole disc” Gramophone Magazine, May 2017

“In the finale the players are more interventionist that in the earlier movements, elucidating phrase shapes within the scurrying triplets with touches of rubato or the occasional hiatus. It all amounts to a glistening and powerful performance. The players make much of the curiosities in Haydn’s G minor Quartet, its sudden contrasts, hesitations, asymmetries and abrupt changes of direction… the result is certainly vivid and constantly interesting.” The Strad, June 2017

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Ondine - ODE12932

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Schubert: String Quartets Nos. 12 & 15

Schubert: String Quartets Nos. 12 & 15


Schubert:

String Quartet No. 12 in C minor (fragment), D703 ‘Quartettsatz'

String Quartet No. 15 in G Major, D887


Alongside its highly praised Haydn series, the Doric String Quartet continues its Schubert journey with this second volume of quartets, which precipitates us into the fraught world of late Schubert. Both composers will be central in the Quartet’s recitals next year, to take place in the highest-profile international venues, from New York’s Carnegie Hall to Berlin’s Konzerthaus, Amsterdam’s Concertgebouw, and London’s Wigmore Hall.

Franz Schubert returned to composing string quartets in the 1820s, after four years of focusing on songs which were beginning to gain him wider recognition.

His late chamber compositions reveal probably his most characteristic music, full of deep intimacy and profound ambivalence. The ‘Quartettsatz’ (Quartet Movement) presents a turbulent, norm-breaking first movement. Only a fragment survives of a serene Andante in A flat, and nothing for any scherzo or finale. If the 'Rosamunde' and 'Death and the Maiden' (CHAN10737) are the most frequently heard of the quartets of Schubert, his last completed one – in G major – certainly remains his most uncompromising in its vastness, and perhaps his most prophetic of the musical future.

“They attack the 1820 “Quartettsatz” in C minor with alarming intensity, flashing through its single movement with fiery determination, and maintain the same tension throughout...A standout recording of 2017 – and it’s still only January.” The Observer, 8th January 2017 ****

“If this exciting performance has a fault, it’s to exaggerate the pianissimos. Otherwise, nothing but praise for their incisive, imaginative account.” Sunday Times, 29th January 2017

“Even in a work as well known as the Quartettsatz they lend character through elasticity of phrasing, which nicely counterbalances the piece’s inherent energy. But the main event is the G major Quartet...And very impressive it is too, spacious without ever sounding ponderous.” Gramophone Magazine, February 2017

“Dramatic readings of these masterpieces from this brilliant young British quartet.” MusicWeb International, 15th February 2017

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Chandos - CHAN10931

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Schubert: String Quartets Nos. 10, 12, 14, 15

Schubert: String Quartets Nos. 10, 12, 14, 15

recorded live at the Vienna Konzerthaus


Schubert:

String Quartet No. 10 in E flat major, D87

String Quartet No. 12 in C minor (fragment), D703 ‘Quartettsatz'

String Quartet No. 14 in D minor, D810 'Death and the Maiden'

String Quartet No. 15 in G Major, D887


The quintessentially Viennese spirit of Schubert is captured in these performances, recorded live at the Vienna Konzerthaus, by the Alban Berg Quartett, whose members were all nurtured in the city’s musical tradition. While relishing the scope of Schubert’s often daring musical designs, they bring an intimate understanding of the composer’s mercurial shifts of emotion.

Warner Classics Original Jacket Reissues - 2564612347

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Schubert & Berg: String Quartets

Schubert & Berg: String Quartets


Berg:

String Quartet, Op. 3

Schubert:

String Quartet No. 15 in G Major, D887


Kuss Quartet

Schubert’s late masterpiece for string quartet, his 15th and final quartet in G major D887, was composed in 1826. Although the first movement was performed at a Vienna Musikverein concert devoted to his music, he couldn’t find anyone to publish it.

It displays an almost Beethovenian profundity, and is a dramatic departure from the two previous song-based quartets that had proved popular. The writing is assured and the harmonies audacious. It is a dark, rather introverted work, full of passionate outbursts and drama.

Berg’s Quartet op.3 was premiered in 1911 towards the end of his studies with Schoenberg. It was badly received and baffled listeners and performers alike. Like the Schubert G major, it displays daring harmonies and a remarkable technical assurance.

This CD is the Kuss Quartet’s debut on ONYX. They are regular performers at the Edinburgh and Salzburg festivals, and also perform regularly in New York, London and their home city of Berlin.

Onyx - ONYX4066

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Beethoven & Schubert: String Quartets

Beethoven & Schubert: String Quartets


Beethoven:

String Quartet No. 16 in F major, Op. 135

Schubert:

String Quartet No. 15 in G Major, D887


Presto CD

DG - 4292242

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Schubert: String Quartet D887 & Quartettsatz

Schubert: String Quartet D887 & Quartettsatz


Schubert:

String Quartet No. 12 in C minor (fragment), D703 ‘Quartettsatz'

String Quartet No. 15 in G Major, D887


Presto CD

DG - 4536702

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Schubert: The Last Four Quartets

Schubert: The Last Four Quartets


Schubert:

String Quartet No. 14 in D minor, D810 'Death and the Maiden'

String Quartet No. 13 in A minor, D804 'Rosamunde'

String Quartet No. 15 in G major, D887

String Quartet No. 12 in C minor (fragment), D703 ‘Quartettsatz'


“The Italians' playing has freshness, affection, firm control and above all authority to a degree that no relative newcomer can match. It's notable not only for the highest standards of ensemble, intonation and blend, but also for its imaginative insights; these attributes readily apply to the music-making on this Duo reissue, particularly in the slow movements. Indeed, the players' progress through the wonderful set of variations in the Andante con moto, which reveals the Death and the Maiden Quartet's association with the famous Schubert song of that name, has unforgettable intensity.
The comparable Andante of No 13, with its lovely Rosamunde theme – which is approached here in a relaxed, leisurely manner – is held together with a similar (almost imperceptible) sureness of touch. When this work was originally issued, the first-movement exposition repeat was cut in order to get the quartet complete on to a single LP side. Here it has been restored.
Finest of all is the great No 15, a work of epic scale. The first movement alone runs to nearly 23 minutes, and the players' masterly grip over the many incidents that make up the Allegromolto moderato is effortless. For an encore we're given No 12, a piece on a smaller scale, but here presented with a comparable hushed intensity of feeling. This, like No 14, was recorded in 1965 and the textures are leaner than on the others, with a fractional edge on fortissimos. Nevertheless, the ear soon adjusts when the playing is as remarkable as this. The other recordings have more body, and a fine presence. The CD transfers throughout are excellent.”
Gramophone Classical Music Guide, 2010

Decca Duo - 4461632

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The Budapest String Quartet plays Schubert

The Budapest String Quartet plays Schubert


Schubert:

Piano Quintet in A major, D667 'The Trout'

String Quartet No. 12 in C minor (fragment), D703 ‘Quartettsatz'

String Quartet No. 13 in A minor, D804 'Rosamunde'

String Quartet No. 14 in D minor, D810 'Death and the Maiden'

String Quartet No. 15 in G Major, D887


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Praga Digitals - PRD250386

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Budapest String Quartet plays Schubert

Budapest String Quartet plays Schubert


Schubert:

String Quartet No. 13 in A minor, D804 'Rosamunde'

String Quartet No. 14 in D minor, D810 'Death and the Maiden'

String Quartet No. 15 in G Major, D887

Piano Quintet in A major, D667 'The Trout'

Georges Moleau (double bass) & Mieczyslaw Horszowski (piano)


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Biddulph - 802232

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Schubert: String Quartets Nos. 14 & 15

Schubert: String Quartets Nos. 14 & 15


Schubert:

String Quartet No. 14 in D minor, D810 'Death and the Maiden'

String Quartet No. 15 in G Major, D887


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Archiphon - ARC-WU218

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