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

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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.

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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 & 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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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


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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

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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.

“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 *****

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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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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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