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

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The RIAS Amadeus Quartet Recordings Vol. 2: Schubert

The RIAS Amadeus Quartet Recordings Vol. 2: Schubert

Berlin 1950-64


Schubert:

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

String Quartet No. 10 in E flat major, D87

String Quartet No. 9 in G minor, D173

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

String Quartet No. 15 in G Major, D887


Following the release of Beethoven String Quartets with the Amadeus Quartet, Audite now presents the second volume in this recording series featuring works by Franz Schubert.The trademarks of the world-famous string quartet were a beautiful sound and technical perfection; in 1975 the famous German critic Joachim Kaiser confirmed that the Amadeus Quartet was „still the best string quartet in the world". The ensemble's fame had evolved, alongside many concerts and world-wide tours, thanks to its numerous recordings on disc. Less well-known, however, is the fact that the Amadeus Quartet also made many radio recordings. For nearly 20 years, from 1950 until 1969, the Amadeus Quartet regularly travelled to the Berlin RIAS studios. Here, a whole host of recordings was made, reflecting not only the quartet's core repertoire, but also novelties - works that had previously not been performed by the Amadeus Quartet. In the audite series 'The RIAS Amadeus Quartet Recordings', the majority of these recordings are released in six thematically assembled boxed CD sets. Alongside classical composers led by Haydn, Mozart and Beethoven, from the outset the music of Franz Schubert formed a pillar of the Amadeus Quartet's repertoire. Not only did the musicians devote themselves to the three great quartets - the 'Rosamunde', 'Death and the Maiden' and the String Quartet in G major - but they also played some of the early quartets on a regular basis.The Amadeus Quartet finds a particular quality for each of the quartets and thus does justice to the requirements and the content of the music. The early quartets are not overloaded with a "big sound", but are played with a light and lean timbre. For the 'Rosamunde' Quartet, the ensemble presents an interpretation characterised by an inner calm and, at the same time, a piercing intensity. 'Death and the Maiden' reveals precise preparation resulting in a homogenous balance. The underlying sense of drama of the G major String Quartet, Schubert's final quartet, is emphasised by great contrasts. The very early radio recordings of 1950 and 1951 in particular are characterised by impetuous turbulence and youthful exuberance, which are transformed in the later recordings into classical balance, perfection and a beautiful tone. These radio recordings made by the Amadeus Quartet add to, and widen, the view of the astonishing and successful history of this ensemble.

“there is a wholly communicative interplay at work and a very special sound world that the foursome captures. It elevates these performances, and their studio confreres, to the status of being amongst the finest Schubert quartet performances of the 1950s.” MusicWeb International, 9th April 2014

“These players penetrate well below the music’s surface in the earliest recording (D887, from 1950), shaping the lines to reflect both poetry and youthful exuberance, achieving commendable blend and balance and capturing the work’s underlying sense of drama with sharply graded contrasts. Roughness occasionally results, particularly in the turbulent outer movements, but their accounts of the slow movement and scherzo are delightful.” The Strad, February 2014

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Schubert: String Quartets Nos. 10 & 15

Schubert: String Quartets Nos. 10 & 15


Schubert:

String Quartet No. 10 in E flat major, D87

String Quartet No. 15 in G Major, D887


For their first incursion into the works of Schubert on disc, the members of the Cuarteto Casals invite us to discover two quartets situated at the two extremes of the composer's life. Wrongly dated much later on its publication in 1830, the Quartet in E flat is in fact the work of a 16-year-old musician who had just entered teacher training college . . . Whereas its companion here was to be Schubert's very last quartet. Only 13 years separate the two pieces! But in the meantime a whole world had invaded his musical consciousness, and here the naivety of G major throws a deceptive veil over inner upheavals.

“You’ll find plenty of Latin spirit in the Cuarteto Casals’s CD of two contrasting Schubert string quartets...Not all of the Casals’s current members are Spanish...But that never lessens the ensemble’s Latin passion and spunky attack. Their playing is a joy.” The Times, 27th July 2012 ****

“Their account of the great G major is something out of the ordinary — I don’t recall a performance of this work in which Schubert’s existential angst is so relentlessly projected...The tragedy and drama of this music have rarely been so harrowingly delivered on disc.” Sunday Times, 22nd July 2012

“The excellent Spanish ensemble Cuarteto Casals...bring supple radiance and flair to these two works which span Schubert's brief career...Does music come any better?” The Observer, 22nd July 2012

“The Cuarteto Casals makes a clear distinction between the comparatively placid, sometimes lively progress of the early quartet and tough, symphonic nature of the G major work. The playing of the latter is strong, uncompromising, excellently structured and considered” International Record Review, September 2012

“Among modern performances I have heard none that surpasses this for obsessiveness. Even so, the Cuarteto Casals manage not to fall into the trap of making this an aural ordeal for the listener...but here there is unnerving exhilaration of riding in a fast vehicle that seems thrillingly unable to stop.” BBC Music Magazine, November 2012 *****

“these musicians shape the lines to reflect both poetry and youthful spirit. The Casals rightly scale down their their steely resolve that paid dividends in D887 but prefer detachment to ardour, particularly in the slow movement.” Gramophone Magazine, Awards Issue 2012

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Schubert: String Quartets 'Rosamunde' & 'Death and the Maiden'

Schubert: String Quartets 'Rosamunde' & 'Death and the Maiden'


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


Following the Artemis Quartet‘s prizewinning Beethoven Quartet cycle on Virgin Classics, the Berlin-based ensemble has recorded Schubert’s last three quartets, works that Artemis cellist Eckart Runge praises for both their “incredible simplicity and purity” and their “almost terrifying modernism”.

Awarded both Germany‘s prestigious Klassik ECHO award and France’s Grand Prix de l’Académie Charles Cros in 2011 for their Virgin Classics Beethoven cycle, the members of the Artemis Quartet now release an all-Schubert CD. It presents the composer’s final three string quartets: No 13 in A minor, ‘Rosamunde’ (which draws on his incidental music for Helmina von Chezy’s play Rosamunde); No 14 in D minor, ‘Death and the Maiden’ (with its haunting second movement based on his song Der Tod und das Mädchen), and No 15 in G major.

Schubert and Beethoven were contemporaries in Vienna, and Beethoven is reputed to have returned some of the younger composer’s admiration, but, as Eckart Runge, cellist of the Artemis Quartet points out: “In some senses, Beethoven and Schubert could hardly be more different.” He goes on to say that “The Artemis Quartet’s intensive experience of performing and recording the Beethoven cycle between 2009 and 2011 has provided new perspectives on every other quartet we play. There is an almost terrifying modernism in these three late Schubert quartets, but it is totally different from the modernism of Beethoven. And, when placed together in a programme, the three quartets shine in another light: No 14 is concentrated and dramatic; No 15 is huge, symphonic, and cosmic, and No 13 is introspective and melancholy – less spectacular than the other two.

“The Artemis enjoy growling, clashing, shivering, and the relentless energy of the last movements. Theirs is an impressive, vividly recorded approach.” BBC Music Magazine, September 2012 ****

“Bold, unflinching readings...that nevertheless offer playing of great delicacy and refinement in quieter passages. With some of the finest Schubert playing on disc...this is urgently recommended.” Classical Music, August 2012 *****

“Go straight to D810, Death and the Maiden. The two opening fortissimo motifs are like clarion calls. The Artemis Quartet are tersely explosive, fiery in attack, the sforzandos in the transition stabbing the air...the Artemis enlarge perceptions, push frontiers and perhaps question received wisdom.” Gramophone Magazine, September 2012

“ferocious fortissimos, pianissimos of wonderful delicacy, infinite variety of textures and elasticity of tempo, combined with an implacable pursuit of the musical argument worthy of the divine huntress from whom they take their name. Their unanimity of sound is matched by — and evidently springs from — an extraordinary unanimity of feeling.” Sunday Times, 1st July 2012

“Technically, the Artemis's performances are very fine indeed; their choice of tempi tends towards briskness, but the articulation and sense of phrasing are generally so well judged that only in the first movement of the D minor Quartet, D810, Death and the Maiden, does the result seem just a bit breathless.” The Guardian, 14th June 2012 ****

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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.

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Schubert - String Quintet

Schubert - String Quintet


Schubert:

String Quintet in C major, D956

String Quartet No. 15 in G Major, D887

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


“The Belcea Quartet throw every fibre of their beings into the most vivid projection of the masterpieces they undertake” (The Independent),

The Belcea Quartet has added three late masterpieces by Franz Schubert to their impressive discography on EMI Classics: the Quartet in D Minor ‘Death and the Maiden’, the Quartet in G Major D887 and the sublime String Quintet in C Major with Valentin Erben of the Alban Berg Quartet as the second cellist.

The Quartet in D minor ‘Death and the Maiden’ is one of two large-scale string quartets that Schubert composed in 1824. The subtitle refers to his famous song of the same name, the melody of which he used here as the basis for a set of variations in the second movement. The G Major Quartet of 1826 was the composer’s 15th and final string quartet. Its emotional and technical challenges were such that only the first movement was performed in public during Schubert’s lifetime and he was unable to find a publisher for it. The Quartet was first performed in its entirety in 1850 and was first published the following year.

The String Quintet in C Major dates from the last months of Schubert’s life, in 1828. The addition of the cello makes for a rich texture and powerful sound where needed but not to the exclusion of exquisite, soft, ethereal sections. Corina Belcea-Fisher, first violinist of the Belcea Quartet said, “It is a great challenge to capture all the varied emotions of the piece, emotions that can switch from one second to the next. It has been a great privilege for us to explore this work with Valentin (Erben), to be able to draw from his resources and his knowledge.”

From November 2009 until January 2010, the Belcea Quartet and Valentin Erben will make an extensive tour of Switzerland, France, Italy, Spain, Austria, Germany and Holland with a programme that includes the Schubert String Quintet. Their tour features a concert at London’s Wigmore Hall on December 10th.

The Belcea Quartet was established at the Royal College of Music in 1994 and has since been coached by the Chilingirian, Amadeus and Alban Berg Quartets. It is the Associate Ensemble at London’s Guildhall School of Music and Drama and Quartet in Residence at Bucharest’s Atheneum Concert Hall.

The Quartet’s engagements regularly take them to such prestigious international venues as Vienna’s Konzerthaus and Musikverein, Amsterdam’s Concertgebouw, Brussels’ Palais des Beaux Arts, Lisbon’s Gulbenkian, Zurich’s Tonhalle, Stockholm’s Konzerthuset, Paris’ Châtelet and Opera Bastille, Milan’s Sala Verdi, New York’s Carnegie Hall and Lincoln Center and San Francisco’s Herbst Theatre, and to festivals throughout Europe. In the UK they regularly appear at the Edinburgh, Aldeburgh, Perth, Bath and Cheltenham festivals, and at the Wigmore Hall, where they were the Resident String Quartet from 2001 to 2006.

Leading instrumentalists with whom they collaborate include Thomas Adès, Piotr Anderszewski, Natalie Clein, Michael Collins, Imogen Cooper, Valentin Erben, Isabelle van Keulen, Paul Lewis and Yovan Markovitch, as well as singers Ann Murray, Simon Keenlyside, Lisa Milne, Anne Sofie von Otter, Angelika Kirchschlager and Ian Bostridge.

The Belcea Quartet has recorded exclusively for EMI Classics since 2001 and won the Gramophone Award for best Debut recording that year. Subsequent recordings for EMI include Schubert quartets (E-flat Major D87, Quartettsatz D703, A Minor D804 ‘Rosamunde’), Schubert’s ‘Trout’ Quintet with Thomas Adès and Corin Long, Brahms’s String Quartet Op. 51 No. 1 and String Quintet Op. 111 with Thomas Kakuska, Fauré’s La Bonne Chanson with Ian Bostridge, a double disc of Britten’s string quartets, Mozart’s ‘Dissonance’ and ‘Hoffmeister’ quartets, and, most recently, the complete Bartók quartets, for which the Quartet was named Chamber Music Ensemble of the Year by Germany's prestigious Echo Klassik Awards and nominated for a 2008 Gramophone Award.

"The Belcea Quartet play with fire in their blood … their performances are never short of thrilling.” (The Scotsman)

“The traditionally ceremonial key of C major takes on a different hue in Schubert's Quintet. …the playing is on the loftiest level, ensemble always transparently clean; and the ability to think, listen and prepare as a coordinated team results in an extraordinarily cogent performance sure in its grasp of phraseology, structure and dynamics. ...in the last 17 bars of the slow movement... absolute mastery over hushed tone, diaphanous texture and instrumental balance produces an awed stillness of time-stopping beauty. Here is technique fully subservient to emotional force not only in this movement, with its charged F minor middle section, but throughout the whole work. Throughout the other works too. ...Schubert's last quartet, in scope probably his greatest and most disquieting, ends in an Allegro assai finale where the Belceas underlines its message of discomfiture in a tour de force of icy intensity.” Gramophone Magazine, December 2009

“This is Schubert played with heart-stopping freshness, the composer as romantic rather than classicist...Superb.” The Observer, 29th November 2009

“The Belcea Quartet's performances of all three works are beautifully judged and technically polished. There's something refreshingly brisk and business-like about their approach...but nothing is pressed too hard, and the pacing always seems natural.” The Guardian, 29th November 2009 ****

“The Belcea’s urgent reading of the quintet’s opening (quicker and spikier than usual) establishes instantly the music’s deeply ambiguous character... The players, while alive to its beauties and sublimities, have no time for the old fallacy about the supposed light-hearted mood of the finale, which ends — rightly — on a note of violent tension. The obsessive rhythms and harmonic disruptions of both quartets are also vividly caught.” Sunday Times, 22nd November 2009 ****

GGramophone Awards 2010

Finalist - Chamber

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

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

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Schubert: Complete String Quartets Vol. 1

Schubert: Complete String Quartets Vol. 1


Schubert:

String Quartet No. 15 in G Major, D887

String Trio in B flat major, D471

String Quartet, D2c (Fragment)


“A fine, intelligent and intensive performance of the G major Quartet. ... finely-phrased full of telling dynamic contrasts, worthy to stand alongside the Juillard version and even the Busch Quartet’s masterly account” Classic CD

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Schubert in Skálholt, Vol. 2

Schubert in Skálholt, Vol. 2


Schubert:

String Quartet No. 15 in G Major, D887


Skalholt String Quartet

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

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


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Schubert & Beethoven: String Quartets

Schubert & Beethoven: String Quartets


Beethoven:

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

Schubert:

String Quartet No. 15 in G Major, D887


The two masterful quartets by Schubert and Beethoven on this disc were composed in the same year, 1826. They are performed here by the superb New Orford String Quartet. Through its many tours and recordings both at home and abroad, the Orford String Quartet became one of Canada's best-known and most illustrious musical ensembles. After 26 years and more than 2000 concerts on six continents, the Quartet disbanded, giving its last concert on July 28, 1991. In July 2009 the New Orford String Quartet arose from the fame and tradition of its glorious predecessor, giving its first concert for a sold-out audience at the Orford Arts Centre. This disc marks the New Orford's debut recording.

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