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

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Schubert: String Quartets Vol. 6

Schubert: String Quartets Vol. 6


Schubert:

String Quartet (fragment) in C minor D103

fragment completed by Christian Starke

String Quartet No. 15 in G Major, D887


This release represents the final volume of the Diogenes Quartet’s integral recording of Schubert’s string quartets, spanning not only the composer’s well‐known works but also the incomplete fragments, carefully reconstructed by Christian Starke.

Schubert’s Quartet in G, D887 came after the success of ‘Death and the Maiden’ and the ‘Rosamunde’ Quartet. It was his final work for string quartet; despite this, he struggled to get it published, and it was only performed for the first time posthumously. Even then, the quartet was not always well received, perhaps because it represented a departure from Schubert’s usual way of working with thematic material: for the first time, the theme in the first movement remains melodically the same, with the composer instead dramatically shifting the harmonic colouring underneath, allowing the theme to be revealed in different musical forms. While the slow second movement seems to follow a more traditional structure at first, it is soon interrupted with startling violent outbursts. The final movement is perhaps the most modern, as the individual voices tumble over each other in furious counterpoint, with barely a single note fulfilling a purely accompanying role.

Unlike the D887 quartet – one of Schubert’s most modern – the fragmentary movement D103 is one of the composer’s early works, probably started in 1814. Christian Starke’s completion features an additional transition in the reprise, which now begins with the opening gesture of the Allegro section, and allows the three expansive themes to be presented in a meaningful form.

The Diogenes Quartet are pleased to round off their complete recording of Schubert’s String Quartets, which represent years of careful musicianship and performances of the highest quality. The complete boxset is also available to buy (BC94468) and is the perfect addition to anyone wishing to fully explore the pleasing variety of Schubert’s music for quartet, which spanned his entire career.

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Brilliant Classics Diogenes Quartet Schubert Complete String Quartets - 94467BR

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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: 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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Harmonia Mundi - HMC902121

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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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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

“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 ****

“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 ****

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

GGramophone Awards 2010

Finalist - Chamber

Warner Classics - 9670252

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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: 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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Recommended Stereo version - February 2006

MDG Gold Leipziger Streichquartett Schubert String Quartets - MDG3070601

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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: Quartettsatz, D703 & String Quartet No. 15, D887

Schubert: Quartettsatz, D703 & String Quartet No. 15, D887


Schubert:

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

String Quartet No. 15 in G Major, D887


Quatuor Terpsycordes

Continuing its exploration of the Romantic repertory on period instruments, the Quatuor Terpsycordes presents a blazing vision of two Schubert masterpieces: the sublime Quartettsatz and the Quartet in G major, his fifteenth and last work in the genre, a grandiose work of well-nigh symphonic proportions.

“the Terpsychordes are duly impressive, stripping away any excess vibrato. Particularly impressive is the organic way in which the music unfolds…this new version certainly has plenty to say” Gramophone Magazine, November 2015

“If you want to hear these Schubert string quartets on period instruments, Quatuor Terpsycordes here offer you this surprisingly rare opportunity. This brings a rawness and febrile quality to the Quartettsatz … Played on period instruments the Terpsycordes’ account is harmonically more pungent and in line more modern, more twentieth century. Their entire performance is a revelation.” MusicWeb International, November 2015

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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

Musica Omnia - MO0408

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